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dodododo Posts: 34
i have 3 fence panels which i would like to grow and train climbing plants,but i dont want loads of leaves shading underneath plants. i love lots of pretty colours can anyone suggest anything  about 3 climbing plants to interwine. any help appreciated im not a very good gardener.thankyou 


  • CharlotteFCharlotteF East Surrey, UKPosts: 337
    Which way does your fence face and what are the rest of the conditions like (soil, climate)? 
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 41,327
    edited 11 October
    It's a bit difficult to have climbers without leaves   :)
    If the plants underneath can't cope, you'd need to change those to ones which can tolerate some shade.
    In addition to @CharlotteF's query re conditions, are they standard 6 foot panels, and what sort of area do you live in - climate etc. ? What size is the border - front to back? That has a bearing on the plants too, as not all of them are hardy everywhere in the UK. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • dodododo Posts: 34
    hello there my fence panels are 6 ft high   and space underneath is about just under 2  the sun is on that side nearly all day i dont mind some leaves but would like more flowers than leaves if possible 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 41,327
    edited 12 October
    2 feet isn't much depth if you already have plants there. The alpina and macropetala clematis would be fine as they don't need as much moisture as the larger flowering types, and can cope with tighter conditions, and some of the winter clematis will also be fine, assuming you live in a warm enough area with enough shelter for them, as some aren't keen on cold winds, but everything has foliage. Plants need foliage, as I said before   :)
    There's also Jasmine [various types]  - but they aren't hardy everywhere, so it depends where you're located.
    You could add sweet peas or Ipomoeas for summer colour. They're annuals. Sweet peas need a lot of food and water to do well though. There's also a perennial sweet pea, in a few colours, but they have no scent, unlike the annual one.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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