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Container climber for a North facing wall

I am looking to cover a very sheltered North facing wall with a climber. It is in my sheltered patio and it's one of the house walls, there is no ground to plant it on. So it needs to be in a container. I am willing to get a large one, maybe a big rectangular through or similar.

I'd also like a self clinging type such as ivy or virginia creeper. Do you think any of these is OK for a container? The wall is 3m high and 3m long, north facing, and does not get sun at all. 
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  • I wouldn't personally grown any self-clinging plant against my house wall, to avoid any potential damage to mortar/brickwork, or to encourage damp.  A trellis attached to the trough would allow your plants to have support, but keep them away from the wall, and leave a small gap for airflow.

    If you ever needed to move the plant, for maintenance/painting, etc, it would be a lot easier to simply move the pot & trellis, than to have to rip the plant off the wall.

    The plants you mention would grow fine in a large trough, as would Hydrangea Petiolaris, although I found it a bit too thirsty when I had one in a trough.
  • Hydrangea Petiolaris is self-clinging, though, and therefore not one to consider for the reasons you mention, plus it gets very large.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739
    The Virginia creeper would never be happy in a container IMO, or the hydrangea, unless you're talking about something several feet in each direction.
    They both want to be huge. I was just admiring a V.creeper this morning which grows over the entire gable end of a house near me. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • DedekindDedekind Posts: 172
    edited September 2021

    @KeenOnGreen It will be a brand new rendered wall so it should be fine for many years I suppose? We see these climbers covering walls of houses all over the country. I've read they are even beneficial in terms of insulation etc. But I understand your concern 

    @Fairygirl would ivy be a better choice you think? 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739
    Ivy will cling by itself, and will grow in a container no problem. 
    There are some nice variegated ones which will be suitable - I have Gloire de Marengo on a fence near my shed, and I've had it in previous gardens. It struggles in colder winters here a little bit, but I just hack off the dead stuff and it recovers. I don't know whereabouts you are, but in most locations it would be fine.
    Sulphur Heart is also nice. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • We have a 40 + year old climbing hydrangea on the front of our house, well it covers the whole front tbh, and it hasn't done any damage at all because it's only a problem if your brickwork is already damaged. Ivy is one I'd be more wary about but as it's in a container I don't think you'd have any problems. 
    Another plant that could be worth considering is euonymus, I don't know the name of the cultivar but the one that has white varigation on dark green leaves likes to climb if grown next to a wall. It's one that's evergreen and doesn't cling to the wall rather is just pushed up by it.  
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739
    Euonymous Emerald Gaiety will  'climb' against a wall or fence. Doesn't get very substantial though. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Please don't do virginia creeper. We did and have regretted what we did. It took over the whole area and we are still trying after 20 years to stop it.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,739
    It's 'designed' to cover large areas though @bertrand-mabel, so it's a question of right plant, right place. One of my favourite climbers - in the right location   :)
    The OP has to have something in a container, so it isn't going to be suitable anyway.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....



    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Looking at the difference in colour between the North and west facing Virginia creeper on a block of flats near us, it doesn’t appear to colour up well on a northfacing wall.  The difference in colour is quite marked. 

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





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