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Looking for ideas for something to plant in the right hand side (telegraph pole end) against the house wall.

Currently on the left there is a rose (Alberic Barbier) which I intend to train higher and wider once I've got some more wires up. Lavender hedges along the front. Two rose standards (Bonica) in pots either side of the front door.

East facing. Usually sheltered from the weather but the beast from the east did clobber that side of the house.

Something with some height, possibly that could be trained around the windows. Nothing that will wander on its own too much and cause grief for the neighbour's porch guttering (so no self clinging climbers). Evergreen might be nice, both to keep something going over winter and to keep the soil by the wall a bit drier (old house so gets a bit damp in places).

My brother has a lovely ancient pear tree against the wall of his house, so we wondered about that. Or I've seen old stone houses with magnolia grandiflora trained against the wall. Or another rose and try to join them up? Or a columnar tree like an amelanchier obelisk?

We are in County Durham, so H5 or better probably needed I think?


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,130
    What a lovely photo and I bet you have a cracking view from the back!
    Pity you can't move the telegraph pole down the road a bit :)

    Your front garden is very balanced and looks good with the roses and lavender and it suits the style of your property.
    I think if it were me, I'd go for another rose. Either another Alberic Barbier or something similar - to keep the balance

    Billericay - Essex

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    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thanks Pete.

    Yeah, that's where I think we are leaning.
  • AngelicantAngelicant Posts: 130
    Trachelospermum Jasminiodes is evergreen and can be grown on an East facing wall as long as it gets some sun. You can get Pink Showers which would balance quite nicely with the rose.
  • Thanks Angelicant. Do you know how hardy they are in practice? RHS say H4 which is touch and go here. We've lost some H4 plants to frosts and they certainly never thrived.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,130
    Beautiful as they are TJ need lots of sun and warmth to flower well (so a southerly aspect is ideal) and as you point out it may not survive in your neck of the woods.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Wisteria?
  • I don't think I want a Wisteria that close to the neighbour's porch gutter.
  • Really nice
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,353
    I always say it, and I'll say it again - Clematis. Loads to choose from.  ;)
    The jasmine wouldn't thrive there. Very doubtful it would be hardy in your location, even in full sun. 

    Agree with @Pete.8 - you must have a lovely view at the back. Smashing property too @jonathan.cole :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • We've actually got a clematis Markham's Pink growing through the existing rose, but it's still only a baby. Might do something similar the other side.
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