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Tanty2Tanty2 Posts: 198
Hi - I have a tall wall with support (vine eyes, wires, wall top trellising) in dire need of a pretty climber!  It's west facing, has a 50/50 mix of sun and shade and is very sheltered.  The tricky part is finding the right climber which needs barely any maintenance as once the bed in front fills in a bit (maybe this season, definitely next) then access is going to be a bit of a faff.  I definitely don't want any ivy :)  Any ideas?  Thanks!
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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,382
    I love roses but they would probably be too high maintenance for you. Do you mind how long the flowering period is? Clematis Montana is low maintenance, copes with some shade but it flowers early. If you don't mind cutting it down in late winter then there are some quite vigorous later flowering clematis viticella, such as Etoile Violette.

    I had a climbing Hydrangea Petiolaris on a west facing wall, white flowers, grows big, but it will need pruning even if not every year. 
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,477
    Clematis armandii is everygreen and at the moment is absolutely covered with white fragrant flowers. The only maintenace we have done over the years is to prune back small areas when they try to grow up the magnolia. Lovely plant.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025
    Almost any Group 2 clematis.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,490
    I had a Star Jasmine (trachelospermum jasminoides) on an east-facing wall for many years where it flourished and produced masses of highly scented blooms in the summer.
    It is also evergreen.
    A west-facing wall would suit it even better.
    They're not hardy in all of the UK, so it depends somewhat where you live, but if it is suitable give it some thought.
    They will grow big, but it's easy to trim off the new growth in summer if you feel the need.
    I had a Julia Correvon clematis growing through it

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025
    It'll also depend on the span you need to fill, which we didn't ask.
    If it's more than a few feet, you can have clematis for different times of year. Many of the early, small flowered ones [not montanas] will be perfectly happy in with a Group 2,  and don't need attention either, as long as they aren't in soggy conditions.  Neither need any real pruning unless they outgrow their space, so once they're in, they don't much done to them.
    Avoid the Group 3s or any later ones which get cut back in spring, as you'd probably find it difficult to train them in, without trampling on the other plants. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Tanty2Tanty2 Posts: 198
    Thank you so much for the ideas and the gorgeous pics :)  The wall is about 4m wide and about 3m high.  The width can be extended, though, as the wall continues along a boundary so something very enthusiastic can be accommodated fairly easily :)

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025
    Plenty of room then  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,490
    If you like the Star Jasmine, 1 plant would cover that - and more if needed :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,025
    Are you up here @Tanty2? If so, I'd forget the jasmine, especially if you're in the wetter west.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Tanty2Tanty2 Posts: 198
    On the midge-free east coast, Fairygirl :)
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