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What to grow up south facing house wall

madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
I am currently trying to find a climber for the south wall of my house after removing a rampant Boston Ivy.
I intend to have a wire grid (wires 2ft apart) put up for training.
Having considered Campsis radicans I now see that it could be a problem.
I am looking for something that will grow the whole way up but can be easily controlled and does not cling to the brick,just wired or twining round the grid.
Flowering would be nice and bee/insect friendly and pest/disease free if possible.
Not roses,passionflower or Clematis though!
Any suggestions please!


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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,439
    How much pruning/ladder work are you prepared to do? 
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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    I don't really want to do much (60 + and no good on ladders!).
    I am prepared to get a chap in to prune once a year though.
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,439
    Right ... so a grape vine is probably out then ... 
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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    Yep!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Akebia springs to mind though the flowers aren't particularly spectacular.  The foliage is pretty however and though it can grow very large, it is quite easy to remove excess growth.  We have had one on a fence for a number of years and the worst it does is reach into nearby shrubs.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,379
    You might like Solanum jasminoides 'Album' or Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin', as these are reasonably suitable for your purposes, providing you get someone in, as you say you will, to prune once in Spring... conveniently, a bad winter may do some pruning for you with these... depends where you are in the country..

    ..best of luck with your choices..
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,422
    On the Isle of Wight so pretty mild here.
    I had Solanum crispum 'Glasnevin' on an arch in my back garden and was beautiful for a few years and then last year it just up and died (don't know why) but could be a good choice for the wall.Solanum jasminoides also looks good.
    2 to go on the list!!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Passion Flower would be happy there.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,264
    How about Trachelospernum jasminoides or asiatica. (I hope I've spelt those right!) Evergreen, small white star-like flowers, scented. Can get to 20ft but reasonably easy to control.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,090
    edited August 2018
    No passion flower, was requested.

    Virginia creeper? No flowers but good autumn colour with that much sun. It can be quite vigorous but easy to take down.
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