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Climbing plant ideas?

We have this stone pillared arbour? (Not really sure what you'd call it) in our garden. Up until last year it was completely overgrown with ivy.

Further along the wall out of picture I have planted a wisteria to grow along the wall and eventually cover the structure but it is quite a distance away sonI expect it will be some time before it gets there.

In the meantime I would like to plant either one or two complimentary fast growing climbers to train around the pillars and over the top (preferably evergreen) that won't cause damage to the stone like the ivy did.

I'm thinking a jasmine and group 1 clematis? Problem is that corner is very shady and doesn't get huge amounts of sun (a couple of hours mid morning in summer).

Are there any particular varieties anyone would recommend? Or other options altogether?

Thanks 😊 


  • For temporary cover I'd be tempted to go for nasturtiums
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,430 evergreen, rampant, mostly shady but open site...

    ..for one pillar, you could probably get away with Clematis armandii, no idea where you are but it survives 1000 feet up in the Peak District.. and if it's cut down by frost, it's so rampant it will soon spring back again... scented, and beautiful foliage.. will tolerate some shade...

    ..for the other one, Lonicera japonica 'Halliana'... scented honeysuckle, late June to autumn, evergreen and trouble free ...    

    ..when they meet at the top let them fight it out... and when the Wisteria joins in.. it might be time to move..
    East Anglia, England
  • Thanks @Marlorena

    It's not quite as open as in the picture now. The corner down by the wall has a large chicken coop and we have a weeping willow currently in a very large pot next between the chicken shed and pillars (it will eventually be moved when we have finished renovating some woodland.

    We're Shropshire, in a narrow valley and seemingly have our own micro-climate aided by the walled garden - so altitude isn't an issue 😉

    Sadly I think it will be some time before the Wisteria gets anywhere near if last years lack of growth is anything to go by. Hope it does better this year being more established.

    I will have a look at your suggestions - thanks 😊 
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 5,556
    I think C. armandii is a great idea. Normally I don't like it because it tends to shoot up and have lots of growth at the top and fairly bare stems lower down, but that would work well with your rather cool looking portico.
  • Thanks @Loxley. It is rather awesome. Our house used to be the lodge for a hall (which is now flats). In the 30s the hall was owned by an eccentric Italian count who seems to have had a taste for neoclassical garden ornaments.

    We inherited a lot of rubbish when we bought the house - including a woodland full of bamboo. But we have uncovered a few delights and this was one of them 🙂
    Everyone likes butterflies. Nobody likes caterpillars.
  • What a lovely thing to have in your garden!
    East Yorkshire
  • SophieKSophieK Posts: 244
    You could do a climbing rose intertwined with a clematis that flower at different times. You can find varieties that tolerate shady areas well for both pants.
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