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Southwest Facing wall, container climber needed


I've got a trellised south-west facing wall with some containers at the bottom which gets full strong sun in the afternoon. (pictures below).

Id like a fragrant colourful summer plant to train up the trellis for some summer colour!

I was looking at Clematis but was concerned about the roots getting warm.

Any thoughts? Would Honeysuckle or Jasmine be a better bet?



  • B3B3 Posts: 24,505
    What are the containers made of?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Hi B3, they’re ‘fibrecotta’ from primrose. It’s a kind of reinforced thin terracotta.
  • NollieNollie Posts: 6,779
    Your containers are nice and tall, but I think too narrow, at 22cm, for any kind of perennial climber that will want to spread its roots in a wider circle - most don’t do too well in pots anyway - so maybe an annual climber?

    Most plant roots won’t make use of the full 72cm, so you could safely fill the bottom third with broken pots/gravel, which will stabilise the pots and help with drainage.. Check they have drainage holes in the bottom, if not, you will need to drill a few. 

    If they are in full sun, they will get hot and dry out pretty quickly, so you need to be vigilant with watering. Can you shade the front somehow? Maybe with other pots?
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,234
    I agree with @Nollie - annual climbers might be the best choice.  Things like Ipomaea (morning glory), Thunbergia (black-eyed susan), Rhodochiton.

    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,531
    Climbing nasturtiums, they don't mind being baked.
  • have planted star jasmine in one, passiflora in the other (in case anyone is bothered) :smile:
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