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Climber for boring corner

Morning everyone.  Any ideas for a short climber for this corner outside my back door.  I’ve just removed a very ‘mildewed’ honeysuckle which was in a pot.  The corner is shady until about midday then it gets baking hot through to evening.  Ideally I’d like something bee friendly and scented and something that’ll be happy in a large pot.  I’d go for another honeysuckle but I gather they don’t do well in pots long term.  The trellis is approx. 6’ and the table and chairs can be moved.  If there’s a rose that would suit ... please say 🤞. Thanks in advance.


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  • Seabreeze clematis has performed brilliantly for me this year. It has been flowering since April and is still going. Really pretty blue/lilac, big flowers and brightens up the wall. Highly recommended.  It seems to be out of stock now though although worth waiting for if you can get it in the autumn. 


  • Thank you @kateindulwich.  I love clematis, especially a viticella.  I was rather hoping for something to brighten up the area now (so impatient) .... although I think I’ll bear that clematis in mind for later! 😃
  • newbie77newbie77 LondonPosts: 1,241
    you could plant star jasmine. It is evergreen and scented. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,300
    newbie77 said:
    you could plant star jasmine. It is evergreen and scented. 
    Depending on where you live.....

    There are clematis for every aspect and many for pots, so that would definitely be a good shout. Just be aware that you'll need to be very vigilant with watering with a pot that's right beside a house wall - or two house walls. Don't skimp on the soil medium in it too. Many alpinas will do well with a drier spot too, and are fine in large pots.
    Very few plants will fit the criteria you have though, so you may need to be a bit more adventurous with your thinking. You could have tall pots with trailing nasturtiums for instance, which will thrive on neglect, and add a couple of other plants which will like the dry corner there, although at least you have the hose handy  ;)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,106
    If you want something that's in full bloom now, the best bet is to go to a garden centre with £££ and a open mind, and see what they've got in stock. Then you can get a suitable container as well. Mail order plants tend to be cut back for packaging (maybe not all suppliers, but a big box for a climber in full flower would be pricey to send, and prone to damage in transit).
    Unless you can do a really wide and deep container I would suggest annual climbers started from seed in the spring. You could potentially have something different each year. Things like Ipomaea, Thunbergia etc..

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,300
    Sweet peas would be fine there too. Annuals will help brighten things up, and you could still have a clematis as well. There's room for more than one pot  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    A cup and saucer plant would be fun there, easy to grow a different climbing annual every year to change the feel of the space. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • Thanks everyone .... lovely ideas which have given me much food for thought.  A clematis or the star jasmine have caught my eye. Would the jasmine be happy in a large pot @newbie77 ?   I’m in Hertfordshire in a very sheltered garden @Fairygirl 🤞
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,300
    I really don't know @Allyblueeyes - they certainly wouldn't thrive here. I'd expect it would be fine as they like a sheltered spot, but I'm not sure about being in a pot. Someone who grows them might be able to advise  :)  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • dappledshadedappledshade Top of the Hill, North London Posts: 926
    Fairygirl said:
    I really don't know @Allyblueeyes - they certainly wouldn't thrive here. I'd expect it would be fine as they like a sheltered spot, but I'm not sure about being in a pot. Someone who grows them might be able to advise  :)  
    My mum has one in a pot, on her balcony, but it isn’t that happy to be honest.
    It was ok for the first 5 years, but now looks wilted, becomes it just needs more soil and not to get dried out. They are quite large climbers.

    I like Fairygirl’s idea te nasturtiums. You could extend that and have some hanging pots on the top half of your trellis, with trailing pelargoniums (also do well where it’s dry) and other pretty annuals that’s trail and don’t kind it hot and dry.
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