Suitable position for a clematis or another climber of some sort?
Firstly, apologies for the poor photographs. My phone does not perform well when the light is poor, and today is very, very dull!
I have a rather large unknown shrub, positioned under the canopy of a large monkey puzzle tree. It is in flower at the moment but only on a small section of the plant for some reason!?I have been wondering what to do with it for a couple of years. It doesn't really appeal to me that much but helps to provide a bit of cover / privacy when sat at the patio during warmer months.
I don't really want to replace it at the moment and wondered if I could grow something up through it to give the shrub more interest during the summer / autumn months?
Close up of the flowers. Does anyone know what it is?
Looking SE, the shrub in question is to the left of the monkey puzzle trunk and mahonia, and behind the hydrangea and Japanese maple. It is about 10ft high and about 12ft wide, and only flowering on a small section on the left of this picture.
So the shrub in the main sits under the canopy of the tree and on the north side of it. It does receive some direct sunlight from under the canopy of the tree but not a lot. It is a fairly dry location but as you can see other plants have managed to establish under there.
So I was wondering if anyone has any experience of growing climbers through shrubs and does anyone think I could do it in such a location? Idealy I would like to get some additional colour / flowers running through this shrub but not as far as the monkey puzzle tree itself. I just want to brighten the area up!
I do have growing elsewhere in the garden a couple of clematis, and climbing roses that I would like to add too at some point. Does anybody think that it might be possible to add something here?
Any advice would be most welcome.