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Climber suggestions for front of the house

sabeehasabeeha Posts: 344

I would really appreciate some suggestions on a suitable climber for the front of my house, which is south-is facing.

- Low (really low) maintenance
- Evergreen (if possible)

I would love flowers etc but I can't think what would be low maintenance and the above! 

Currently have a clematis montana which needs to go (hacked at to reduce size last year... its very ugly at the moment, half a mass of dead foliage and a few stems of flowers)

Thank you!


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,080
    Take a look at Akebia quinata ; usually evergreen in mild Winters . Unfortunately not self-clinging so would need assistance . Reddish/purple flowers in mid-summer .

    Hydrangea serratifolia can be a good plant , but can be thirsty ! Like its cousin H. petiolaris , I THINK this is self clinging  . Evergreen too !

  • sabeehasabeeha Posts: 344
    Thanks Paul, will have a look!

    Forgot to mention, Im looking for something that doesn't spread too much either.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,765
    If it's south facing it should be warm enough for Star Jasmine. White very perfumed flowers and evergreen.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • sabeehasabeeha Posts: 344
    Thank you Busy-lizzie, that sounds lovely!
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    I agree, Star Jasmine is top of my choice. I think wall trained shrubs can be low maintenance once the shrub has been trained over a 3-4 year period.

    Take a look at Coronilla Valentina Subsp. Glauca 'Citrina'. Only growing to around 2-3 meters if trained against the wall. Numerous scented pale yellow flowers smothering the shrub throughout the winter and spring months. Abelia Floribunda although semi-evergreen, has a lovely loose habit with plenty of deep pink flowers over the summer months. Both unlikely to take over your front area, and unlikely to exceed 3 meters.
  • sabeehasabeeha Posts: 344
    Thank you Borderline for your suggestions!  Your other suggestions look great too, but I am leaning towards the jasmine as I love white flowers.

    Thank you everyone, really appreciate it.
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