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aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 171
Hi all,

I have a large garage wall completely bare and want to grow some sort of climber against it - I have a few concerns, any advice would be much appreciated:

1. I live in a very exposed area, we often experience low temperatures and very high winds (North West Highlands of Scotland). Which climbers would best tolerate this?

2. Are all climbers bad for buildings - I have pebble dash on my house and garage and worry it will break it up and pull it off?

3. The ground below the garage is brick paved and so we cannot plant directly
 into the ground - will a climber (perhaps an ivy) grow and survive substantially in a pot? If so, what size pot would you suggest as a minimum?

Many thanks in advance,


  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 171
    Any advice would be so appreciated :)
  • PianoplayerPianoplayer Posts: 624
    Hello. No expert here, but my thoughts are:
    1. Don't grow anything that clings directly on the wall, as it will damage it (vines, ivy) - best to attach some wires with vine eyes, to keep it away.
    2. You'll need a very large pot eventually! 60cm? Could get expensive. Might be best to have several smaller plants along the wall rather than one big one?

    I'm afraid I'm not confident to recommend possible plants for your situation - hopefully one of the very experienced people on here will have some ideas!
  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 171
    Thank you very much for your help. :)
  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    You might be better off with 3 clematis suitable for pots. They wont be evergreen but then you wouldnt have to worry about winter conditions.
    They need pots around 45cm cube and lots of watering but anything in a pot would need this.
    You could put trellis panels behind, maybe some nice metal ones rather than a basic wood trellis which would give some interest to the wall in winter.
    Try Thorncroft and Taylor's website for guidance.
  • aidanhoadaidanhoad Posts: 171
    Lovely thank you so much for your help.
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