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harmonyharmony Posts: 370
Can anyone suggest a climber for this container please. It is around 5ft high and will be on a sunny sheltered patio. Ideally I would like something long flowering and evergreen (wishful thinking I know) but any suggestions welcome. Thanks


  • harmonyharmony Posts: 370
    Definitely needs painting first though LOL !!
  • dappledshadedappledshade Posts: 982
    It's pretty, but quite a small planting hole, so nothing like a clematis or a climber that likes its roots down deep, would be too happy in there.
    Even a Mediterranean climber like a jasmine would outgrow it very fast and struggle...
    I've got evergreen trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) in my garden, but it's in the ground too.
    You could try a lavender in the bottom part (they don't mind very little water and love full sun) then you could use the trellis part to hang some pots on, with some Mediterranean herbs that also like it drought like! Thymes spring to mind, maybe also some sempervirums.
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Other annual climbers could be sweet peas, Thunbergia alata, Black Eyed Susan, Ipomoea tricolour, Morning Glory.
  • Myosotis23Myosotis23 Posts: 69
    I have just just purchased an evergreen clematis 'freckles' it is winter flowering & it can be grown in a pot. 
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,979
    My Clematis ‘Freckles’ is only a few years old and already covers trellis 10ft wide by 6ft plus high ... if I didn’t cut it hard back every year it’d be even bigger. It hates being dry  at the roots.  I very much doubt that you could grow ‘Freckles’ in the sort of container shown in the photo. 

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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,293
    With little room for roots, I think you could grow ivy as an evergreen backdrop with bulbs for spring, and maybe something like nasturtiums for summer colour.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,699
    Take a look at Sollya Heterophylla, the Bluebell Creeper. Come in blue, white and pink and does not grow fast. They do fine in containers in full sun but needs a bit of protection in winter if temperatures fall below minus 5 degrees. 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,751

    This clematis should be OK, not too tall, can be grown in a pot, long flowering period.

    The only evergreen flowerer that I can think of is Star Jasmine, but it will outgrow that pot. I have one, doing well, in a much larger pot.

    Anything in a pot will need more feeding and a lot more watering than a plant in the ground.

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  • SheleenSheleen Posts: 51
    edited June 2019
    A bright blue morning glory variety might do well in a pot.... or even a choice of vegetable...? Gourd varieties, beans,... or possibly a mix of veg and flower?
    Honesuckle sometimes does well in a pot - thogh it really depends on the variety... I had a small hibiscus and cranesbill together in a pot with a trellis - it looked fantastic!
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