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Climber for east facing wall with root issues

fizzwhizzfizzwhizz Posts: 94
Hi All, back again in search of some wisdom!

I have a very awkward east facing wall I need to find a climber for - this is at the top of a mild slope (accidentally made when digging pond but i like it so its staying). The problem is ROOTS... big massive ones everywhere from climbing hydrangea (left) and Acer (?) right and maybe the straggy inherited hydrangea behind bench. There is literally no planting room for even a 2L pot so i am going have to buy very baby plants and hope they don't get strangled, but what? I would like to find something evergreen if possible, fast growing as buying as a baby, with non pompom flowers (to contrast with hydrangea) that fits in with a slightly wildish cottage garden design (organised floral chaos is my style if i had to describe it  :) )
The trachelospermum jasmine in the pot behind bench is not staying there (put it there to cheer myself up when garden was a total mud heap) and behind it is a hideous concrete post so that needs hiding too, but again, no digging room. I was thinking of a bare root climbing rose that i could hopefully slot in between existing roots (but will this have too much root competion) and some honeysuckle but how fast does honeysuckle grow? Or should I go for a clematis armandii or one of the other evergreen options or would this look a bit boring when not in flower? Any opinions or ideas welcome including if i should just give up and go for annual climbers / tall annuals each year due to root issues and accept the grey expanse of wall in winter  :/ thank you in advance for any thoughts!


  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    If you have neutral to acidic conditions, I would try Tropaeolum Speciosum. Interesting leaves against bright red flowers that form into interesting blue fruits in the autumn time. Would suit a dappled area like that.
  • FlinsterFlinster Posts: 883
    What a what about building a raised bed to plant in?
  • fizzwhizzfizzwhizz Posts: 94
    Ah thanks @Borderline I had actually forgotten nasturtiums exist (only remembered when I google your suggestion) I think bright red is going to clash with other colours a bit as going for cool side of pink purple and blue but you have given me a new option nonetheless as I think nasturtiums come in other colours so will have a look - I remember they grow fast! 😊
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