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Suggestions for climbing plant for trellis.

We have had to replace some 4ft trellis. Before, we had a clematis growing there but this was not very interesting as the flowers were very insignificant in colour and hardly showed, so we had it dug out and now need to replace it with another climber. We don't want one that will become too rampant as it is only about 10ft wide. It is adjoining a small arch into a little gravel garden and on the arch is a thornless yellow rose one side and a nice purple clematis on the other. Does anyone have any suggestions please? 

Also does anyone know of a Thunbergia (black eyed susan) which is perennial and hardy please?

Many thanks. Jenny.

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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,271
    How about a Solanum "Glasnevin" which has pretty purple flowers with yellow centres. It's a relative to potatoes so the flowers look similar. Or a flowering quince which comes in pink or red flowers in early spring.  
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,639
    Thunbergia Alata are very tender and usually treated as annual climbers. Unless you can grow from a pot and over-winter in a greenhouse they are unlikely to survive outdoors over the winter months.

    You don't mention the type of soil and aspect. But Jasminum Officinale 'Clotted Cream' has subtle creamy lemon flowers in mid summer, it should do well in well drained soil in a sunny or partial shaded aspect.

    If you have neutral to acidic soil, you could try Tropaeolum Speciosum which has a long season of interest. Intense red flowers in summer followed by purple/blue berries that contrast well with the rounded leaves. They do well in semi shaded spot.
  • Lizzie27 said:
    How about a Solanum "Glasnevin" which has pretty purple flowers with yellow centres. It's a relative to potatoes so the flowers look similar. Or a flowering quince which comes in pink or red flowers in early spring.  
    Thank you Lizzie. I have had a couple of Solanums on fences but their trunk and stems get very heavy and thick after a while so we have to replace them - they are lovely though I agree. I think the white variety looks as if it might be a bit more delicate? Thanks for your suggestions. 

  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,399
    As a rose grower I'm bound to recommend you something along this line... and a 4 foot trellis with 10 foot width is no problem,... lots to choose from...
    Here is a photo of a hybrid musk rose 'Cornelia'.. it's growing on a 3 foot high railings that are about 12 foot wide... it's a rose that grows wider than tall, ideal for such circumstances,  about 4 foot tall and width 10 foot but easily controlled as it's virtually thornless and blooms all year..
    There are many others to choose from that you could do this with in a range of colours..

    Instead of your Thunbergia, I have a perennial pea growing on it.. Lathyrus something or other, I've momentarily forgotten the name..  I also have an herbaceous clematis, but instead of the disappointing one you had, do consider a group 3. like Mme Julia Correvon…  it's easily trainable and you just snip off the tips as it grows to keep it within bounds..   lots of those to choose from as well..




    ..happy gardening !...
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,271
    That's a lovely rose Marlorena. I'd thought of suggesting roses for the OP's trellis but wasn't sure she wanted another one.
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