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Climbers for fence in new build garden

Hi, I’m after some advice about climbing plants in my new build garden. It’s in Oxfordshire and North facing (I think!)
we have two trees at the bottom of the garden (other side of fence) which are crab apples and possibly Hawthorn, although I’m not sure. 
We’d like to put some climbers up the left side fence (pictured). I’ve been looking at Star Jasmine and Clematis. 
Does anyone have any suggestions if these will grow well together? Or any other plants? Also, how to get started? Do I need to do anything to the fence-like add a trellis? Or can I just nail in u-shaped nails and tie to train how they grow? We don’t have a huge budget so I’d like to go for cheapest option if possible. 
We have a baby and young child, so need plants that are child friendly. 
Thanks for any help! 


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,698
    Do you know if that bit of fence is in sun or shade? There are plenty of clematis that will grow in shade or part shade, but Star Jasmine would like sun.

    Screw in vine eyes would be better than u-shaped nails as they hold the wire support a little further from the fence. That is what I used and wire is quite discreet.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • BiljeBilje Posts: 740
    A climber we grow is golden hop as it dies down in winter and you can access the fence if you want to stain it regularly. A mistake we made was to grown Ivy and a Clematis Montana together else where. What a tangle it made and was impossible to manage. When we had the fence replaced after 30 years the Clematis regrew and we keep it gently pruned to keep it manageable. We were/ are ruthless in removing any bits of Ivy that regrew. 
    We used wire across the uprights stapled in like you've thought as you get the gap to tie plants in. Good luck
  • Our golden hop took over and whilst it is a lovely plant we are forever pulling it up.
    What about the chocolate vine? (Akebia quinata). It can be trained along the fence and pruned back if needed.
  • Thanks for the tips and suggestions. I’m honestly not sure about the sun,
    so I’ll have to find out. Also, I’m not sure of the soil type yet either. 
    I’m going to look up golden hop and chocolate vine (both sound lovely) and look at some different clematis too. 
    I hadn’t considered staining the fence, so that’s definitely something to bear in mind  :smile:
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,232
    A type 3 (usually late flowering) clematis will allow you to access the fence for staining etc, as you cut the whole thing down in late winter/early spring.

    Re Star Jasmine, I think they're more shade tolerant than the books suggest. As long as you're not in a freezing cold part of the country I think it would be fine. I have two on a north facing fence that are growing well.
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