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What is the fastest growing Ivy type plant I can buy? I need instant Greenery..

franksebemfranksebem Posts: 40
Hi all

I recently posted a thread titled 'Please suggest some top quality Fake Ivy etc' because after cutting back my conifers I am left with a wall of Brown branches and twigs (which I expected).  I am planning on installing some artificial Greenery but would love some fast-growing climbing plants to intertwine with the artificial stuff.  A friend suggested climbing Clematis.  Is climbing Clematis a fast-growing plant?  Another friend told me NOT to get fast-growing Ivy or similar because I will regret it when it takes over the garden.  However, that would be impossible because this line of conifers I have just cut back have a concrete drive either side and a fence at either end...Ie...theres nothing for the Ivy to take over.  So, to go with the artificial greenery I am looking for instant results ASAP that involves a climbing plant.  I am prepared to go to a garden centre in my van and collect ready grown plants/trees.

Thanks all


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,175
    Can we see some photos please of the brown trees that need obscuring, together with the planting site ... that'll give us some ideas so we can suggest options.  

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

  • purplerallimpurplerallim Posts: 5,117
    Just a question what is on the other side of the conifers,  and why haven't you taken them all down? Is there any light problems like, north facing?
  • msqingxiaomsqingxiao Posts: 480
    We cut back our rampaging ivy last winter and were left with a wall with ivy branch prints... No regret so far as we discovered rose/jasmine/honeysuckle previously smothered by the ivy... Will need to give the ivy another cut soon otherwise neighbours using the path outside our garden wall will start complaining again!
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,669
    The soil around conifers is usually very dry and poor as the conifers suck everything out of it, so it's not always easy finding a plant that will survive. Ivy grows quite fast and is good or dry shade but it does need something to cling to.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Virginia creeper is incredibly fast growing. My neighbours have it and I hate it with a passion. They also have a yellow jasmine that is holding its own next to it.. much nicer and you won't spend your life on a ladder chopping the top off. 

    But ivy gets everywhere and is hard to kill. At least with a Virginia creeper there's just the bottom truck to chop (I believe) and it's easy to pull down. 
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