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emilycsimsemilycsims Posts: 1
Hi all,
I wonder if anyone could give me some advice. I have planted some laurels at the bottom of my garden (for privacy) which are growing nicely and I would like to do a nice boarder down one side to cover my neighbours fence, as it doesn’t match our other fences. 
I have been looking at possibly having some climbers along that fence, maybe a clematis ‘Gillian glades’ as I like white flowers, the fact they flower for longer and that they’re evergreen. Are these good climbers or are there better ones out there? 
Also, I really like the buxus pyramid cone trees (the ones that reach 2 or so metres) for a little bit of privacy and to add some height variation down the boarder side. So if using climbers to cover the fence will a few buxus trees look nice alternated with the climbers or would anyone recommend another tree?
I am new to gardening and I am keen to learn and get some ideas. 


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,162
    Hello Emily, welcome to the forum  :)
    Your question slipped through the net, so l am bumping it back up in the hope that you get some ideas.
    There are a couple of things you need to consider, one is the direction that your border will face, and the other is the soil type that you have (clay, loam etc.).
    There are things such as evergreen honeysuckle that you could consider, but again it depends on the conditions you have. 
    It might also be worth posting a photo so that we can get an idea of your garden's existing style and layout to help with any advice.
    As for the box pyramids,  it's your garden so go with what you like  :) Just bear in mind that there are pests such as box blight that you might want to bear in mind. All part of the joys of gardening ! 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Do you mean Clematis Gillian Blades? It isn't evergreen.
    It will cover quite a decent area once it matures, so it'll depend on what length the fence is, as to how many climbers you could have on it. You'll need supports for them too.
    Take a look at the specialists who sell Clematis - Taylor's Clematis, Thorncroft and Hawthornes. There are hundreds of varieties to choose from depending on your conditions.  :)

    Box can be difficult, as @AnniD says.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • UsFourUsFour Posts: 49
    Clematis Montana Wilsonii is a beautiful clematis .. white flowers in profusion flowering  about now (June) fantastic vanilla scent, I have it in a very small garden along a 8' high trellis. Although can be rampant I have found it easy to control and worth it for the scent alone. No real evergreen clematis apart from Amandii and they are tender.

    The older you get, the more you realise that it is OK to live a life others don't understand.
  • I have buxus and had a wooly aphid infestation as soon as I planted them pretty much. I regularly sprayed them with rose clear and this has seemed to help. 

    I have round buxus and also have pyramid / cone style ones along my fence, spaced out with other shrubs in between. 
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