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janerogjanerog Weymouth, Dorset.Posts: 4
Grateful if anyone could give advice on what’s the best climber for a north facing shady wall. Many thanks.


  • The ones I know are clematis nelly moser and hydrangea petiolaris. They put up with shade. Valerie 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,453
    For a self clinger Hydrangea petiolaris is the go-to plant; would give it some thought re maintenance if it's a house wall, but definitely ideal for a garden wall. Or there's Pileostegia but I have heard it is quite slow.

    If you can give some support, I'm finding Trachelospermum happy on a north facing fence (happier than the one I've got that's south facing). I've got Rosa Alfred Carriere which is apparently THE rose for a north facing wall - but I only just planted it.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,468
    There are a lot of clematis that grow in shade, some are here
    Also Honeysuckle such as Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,313
    It's hard to beat clematis, but you will need some supports for them - wires and vine eyes etc. Dozens of varieties are happy in shade.  :)
    The climbing hydrangeas are stunning, but they get big, so the wall needs to be appropriate, or you don't get the best from them.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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