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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum, and to gardening! I was hoping for some advice regarding trellis climbers please. I have done some Googling but think you may be more help.
I will be putting up some 6ft x 6ft (1.83m x 1.83m) square trellis panels. The panels will be running outwards from the house, near a window at the start of the row. The trellis will not be against a wall, it will just be held up by posts, so almost like a normal fence.
I am looking for evergreen climbers (so it looks covered and full all year) that also flower at some point (ideally white and/or pink). Also, I do not want the plants to protrude far from the trellis at all, as this will affect the light coming in the window.
So basically, is there a selection of evergreen climbers that flower with white and/or pink flowers, that will stay as close to the trellis as possible and therefore won't protrude too far forward from the trellis?
I am happy to mix various plants, such as a non-flowering climber as a base, then a flowering climber put into the mix too etc.
Thank you very much in advance for your help. Sorry for the long message.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,863
    We have just such a trellis fence by our sitting room window (and screening the bins). 
    Ours is covered with an evergreen Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’. Winter flowering and then in the spring it attracts the bluetits and goldfinches who hop amongst it collecting the fluffy seeds for their nests. Later in the year the wrens and robins seem to like it. A constant source of delight. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,236
    Trachelospermum jasminiodes would be good, assuming it's not too exposed to cold winds.
  • Thank you very much DoveFromAbove and WillDB. I will look into both of those :-)
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    I would second 'Freckles' and have seen exactly the same behaviour with the birds - quite lovely!  Just tie in bits growing away from the trellis for the first couple of years until it has covered, after which just snip off any bits growing outwards.  Nice and easy. :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thank you BobTheGardener. I'm getting very excited to start putting it all together :-D
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,179
    You could also try a well behaved rose (doesn't have to be a climber) which you could train and tie into the trellis.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • You read my mind Lizzie27 :blush: I already had visions of roses across the trellis too :smiley:
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