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Ideal plant for a newly installed trellis.

Id like recommendations for a plant to grow up a newly installed 6ft trellis against a fence in a, sunny spot.
Preferably fragrant but something that won't dump a load of fallen leaves, petals etc on the lawn...
Something that will put on growth quickly. Not fussed of colour. 
Many thanks 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,481
    Good morning @diggitBenji  😊 
    if we know more about the planting spot ... type of soil, the direction it faces, the other plants around it, width of trellis to be covered etc that’d give us more idea of your options ... a photo would be brilliant 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • I can't seem to upload a photo for the size limitations.
    It faces to the north but will get some sunshine. Soil wise its pretty balanced... Loamy I would say.. However any plants that put on growth pretty quickly would be great.
    Id like something a bit special as it's the first Thing  I see  from my kit hen window
    Many thNks
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    It's often the size of the pic that's the problem @diggitBenji. If it's less than 1MB, it'll load more easily.  :)
    There are lots of clematis which will suit, and if you have enough room horizontally, you can have a couple which will flower at different times. 
    Unfortunately, anything which flowers will also drop petals, and unless it's an evergreen it will also drop foliage.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,269
    A rose bush could be trained against the trellis if you pruned it correctly and if you deadhead the flowers when they've gone over, wouldn't cause too much bother. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,498
    I would plant a group 3 clematis, viticella. You cut them down to about 6" - 12" in late winter and they do all their growth in one season so it's easy. Some like shade, some like sun. Have a look at this site to help you choose
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • Many thanksfor your suggestions. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404
    You'll need to create a bit of room there for planting @diggitBenji.
    The adjacent grass will be competition for most clematis, and it's a tiny area for a climber unless you allow it to travel further along the fence using wires etc.
    I'd opt for one of the smaller alpina types. They like drier conditions anyway, and many are perfectly happy with less sun.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • KiliKili Posts: 858
    I'd just plant sweet peas there for the summer to get a quick flush of flowers then plant something in the autumn if you want a long term resident there.

    'The power of accurate observation .... is commonly called cynicism by those that have not got it.

    George Bernard Shaw'

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