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Paul515Paul515 Posts: 18
Hi all

I have wisteria planted against the kitchen wall and have recently started a rosemary hedge. The soil is well drained and the area receives plenty of sun. The wall can look a bit bare in winter and I had debated planting some jasmine. Will that be overkill in terms of the wisteria?

Alternatively is there any other good planting combination with rosemary that provides some evergreen interest? Ideally I'd like to cover the pipes.  Or should I just be patient and wait for the rosemary to grow! 

Many thanks 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989
    Is the wisteria planted in that trough or does it have its roots in the ground? ... I can’t really see from the pic. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Paul515Paul515 Posts: 18
    Yes all planted in the raised bed. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989
    I’m afraid that just isn’t going to be big enough. Wisteria needs a huge root space. 
    @Obelixx has some beautiful wisteria ... hopefully she’ll see this and advise ...

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 4,666
    I have turned pic for you so others can see clearly.
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  • Paul515Paul515 Posts: 18
    The wisteria has been fine and has been flourishing over a number of years. 
  • Paul515Paul515 Posts: 18
    Thanks for turning the picture 😊
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,854
    Is that raised bed open to the soil below?  Wisteria like good, deep root runs.

    I think you have to do 2 things.  One is have the patience to let the rosemary grow without competition form additional plants and the other is to ask yourself how much time you spend outside in winter looking at that bare wall?

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  • borismrdjaborismrdja Posts: 35
    edited April 2021
    mine is so far happily sharing its 200l pot with (semi)evergreen lonicera, 2 rosemarys and some spring bulbs 
  • Paul515Paul515 Posts: 18
    Thanks all
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,490
    I have seen Wisteria growing lustily in the 40x40cm space of a lifted paving slab, so long as the roots have access to the ground and you’re happy with it 😊 But is that two wisterias planted there or is it something else in the corner? Or am I seeing double?! One would be more than enough and perform better for you on it’s own.

    It is a narrow bed and difficult to slot anything else in behind the Rosemary, which will fill that space and more, but Verbena Bonariensis is undemanding and doesn’t take up much root space, so if you could find a couple of 9cm pots of it to tuck in there that could be an option. It grows up to 2m high but has an airy habit so shouldn’t block the window views. There is a shorter version called lollipop, to 60cm of you think the usual one will be too much.
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