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Which climber would be best to climb up a north facing brick house wall in a coastal area?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,556
    Which coast and what kind of soil do you have?   Location and soil will make a huge difference to what will thrive.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Hi Obelixx
    Its near the east coast of the Isle of Wight, it will be facing north east with cold winds in the winter🥶 I would like to grow a fragrant climber up a very dull front of the house, it will have to be grown in a large tub so I can’t put any soil necessary for the type of climber. Maybe a honeysuckle??
    Thank you for your reply.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,556
    I entered all that into the RHS Plant Selector feature and it came up with just one plant - 
    https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/65421/Lonicera-japonica-Dart-s-World/Details 

    Assuming you can find one, give it the largest pot you can, minimum 60cm square and taller if poss so it can get its roots down and then give it a good compost by mixing 3 parts John Innes no 3 loam based compost with 1 part MPC for moisture retention.  Water regularly and feed every year.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thank you Obelixx for your kind advice, I will try & locate one and fingers crossed it will grow well.
  • RhodoNRhodoN The NetherlandsPosts: 13
    Hi Obelixx
    Its near the east coast of the Isle of Wight, it will be facing north east with cold winds in the winter🥶 I would like to grow a fragrant climber up a very dull front of the house, it will have to be grown in a large tub so I can’t put any soil necessary for the type of climber. Maybe a honeysuckle??
    Thank you for your reply.
    There are some other good options for a northeastern wall. I know the rambler (rose) Albéric Barbier does very well on a northern wall, even in the shade. It blooms white, is fragrant and mostly keep its leaves throughout winter. Another option is Jasminum nudiflorum, but it might be a bit dull and untidy. A combination with a wall shrub might give year round interest? 
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