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Hi, we have a small gap between our neighbours garden (post extension, photo attached).  The white wall is their extension and the gap down the side of my greenhouse is about the width of one patio slab.
I would like to grow a climber up the fan trellis that will fill the space and look interesting and full all year.  However I do not want anything that will grow too big as I need to get around the side of my greenhouse and do not want to compromise the foundations of my neighbours extension.

Some colour would be nice but not fussy whether it be flowers or leaves (nothing spikey though as don't want to have a fight every time I go past!

Any ideas appreciated,
Many thanks,
Moggy x


  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Posts: 1,089
    Have you ask their permission to fix your trellis to their wall ?

    I would suggest a Jasmine maybe if it gets a bit out of hand you can prune it back quite hard and tough as old boots.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • Thanks, yes we get on well so it will be fine.  Also they gave a cat and we have a dog so benefits both of us!
    Moggy x
  • Does anyone know if a dwarf rododendrum work? (sorry can't spell!) x
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,887
    rhododendrons aren’t climbers so that wouldn’t work with a trellis. 

    Have a look at the Alpina group of clematis ... most are happy in the shade, gorgeous flowers in spring and often  few later on ... no pruning needed bu you can cut it back to keep it within bounds

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

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,350
    I don't think I'd put anything there. The gap is very narrow, and you'd be constantly brushing against it too. Fine when it's dry, not so good when wet. 
    Is that ivy on the left? If the  ground below that can be cleared, you could plant something there instead, and it would have it's own support to climb up.
    Alpinas, as suggested, are happy with drier soil, and require very little attention. It wouldn't encroach on that passageway either. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,148
    Sorry to rain on your parade Moggy, but l agree with Fairygirl. There's very little space there for the roots to grow, plus the house wall will act as a rain shadow and take up any moisture. You'd probably be forever cutting it back as well, plants never do as they're told!
    I agree it would be better to plant into the existing planting area. If you want to put something on the wall to break it up you could maybe try a piece of wall art, such as a "Green Man" , you could fix that to some kind of batten perhaps as opposed to directly on the wall if your neighbours don't mind. Just a thought.  :)

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    Not much room at ground level to plant unless you were thinking of taking up a slab. I would just encourage whatever that hedge is made of, to grow and cover the gap. 
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,957
    I agree with the others, that space is far too small to plant anything. AnniD's suggestion of something decorative on the wall would be much less bother - how about a painted metal gecko or even a big butterfly?
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,832
    Agree.  The space is far too small to be able to get a plant in and tend to it and have access past the greenhouse.   Instead, I'd take advantage of that bright white wall reflecting light back into your greenhouse. 

    Clear out all the crud, put some decent soil down in the base along that side and plant tomatoes, chilies, peppers, cucumbres - anything that needs warmth and light to produce a tasty crop.   Great resource for seedlings on staging earlier in the season too.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,575
    If these really are 73cm - double check because anything smaller would look silly - this could be an amusing piece of wall art
    Rutland, England
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