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ParksParks Posts: 33
I have a shady area in my garden and  would like to grow a climber up an arbor.
my soil is sandy. I was thinking of a honeysuckle
any other suggestions


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    Clematis every time for me  :)

    Hundreds to choose from, and plenty which are happy in shade, and a lighter soil. Taylor's Clematis, Thorncroft and Hawthornes are all specialists, so worth taking a look at their sites.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • ParksParks Posts: 33
    Thanks, will have a look
  • White evergreen honeysuckle, growns like mad.
  • ParksParks Posts: 33
    what variety?  i would, if possible a fragrant like
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    How about a climbing rose on one side a clematis on the other, they could grow into each other.....
  • UsFourUsFour Posts: 49 I have one in my small garden but better in a larger area ... a fantastic one in RHS Rosemoor in North Devon over an arbour .. beautiful scent and great for bees.

    The older you get, the more you realise that it is OK to live a life others don't understand.
  • This is my honeysuckle just coming into bloom.

  • All along the fence

  • ParksParks Posts: 33
    Thanks all of you
    I'll have a look at halliana, seems just the job
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,946
    edited June 2020
    If you have sandy soil you’ll need to incorporate a lot of organic material (well-rotted farmyard manure, garden compost etc) into the planting area before planting .., and I’d dig it into the area to a double spade’s depth.  

    On sandy soil honeysuckle (and most climbers) will need generous watering, probably from mid March onwards. 

    We’re on sandy loam and it’s very free-draining ... my mature honeysuckles need a lot of water ... a couple of buckets full every other evening from spring onwards to avoid them succumbing to powdery mildew. 

    I would also recommend feeding birds nearby throughout the year ... that way they’ll be available to harvest the aphids that will undoubtedly appear on your honeysuckle ... that way you’ll not get the aphids’ sticky honeydew dripping over your arbour. 

    Let us know how you get on ... love honeysuckle ... above is one of mine ... Lonicera ‘Graham Thomas’ just coming into bloom last week ... it’s covered with creamy golden blooms now and the scent on warm evenings is amazing ... it’s my favourite of all the honeysuckles. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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