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Help with a climber for fence

Hi all, newbie here and beginner gardener. I’d like to grow some sort of climber up a fence next to our outdoor eating area. I’m not sure whether to go for a clematis, jasmine or rose. I’d like fragrance, pretty easy to look after (I don’t mind doing a bit of pruning) and ideally a bit of interest in autumn and winter. I don’t really want to have to do anything to look after it against frost. Can anyone suggest something that would work for me please? 


  • BlueBirderBlueBirder Posts: 212
    Where are you located? Are you planning on planting in a container (if so, how big) or in the ground (if so, do you know your soil type)? How much sun will it get? These will help work out what will be suitable.

    In my (quite limited) knowledge, a lot of evergreen or winter flowering climbers - varieties of clematis, jasmine etc - are not frost hardy, but others on here may have suggestions.

  • Thanks for responding. I’m in the south midlands. I’ve (hopefully) added a photo of the area. It gets the sun until about 2pm and hoping to plant in the ground unless the space I’ve got isn’t enough, in which case I’ll have to pot. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,991
    You might be ok there with the jasmine. As said - the evergreen clematis and those jasmines aren't as hardy, so location is important. 
    Alternatively, one of the early flowering clematis might suit, especially if the soil's a bit poor. That could be quite likely if the ground's been covered for along time. Drainage is important for them though. They flower around March/April, and then have nice seed heads, and you might also get a 2nd flush of flowers later. Some have a faint scent, although it can be stronger in warmer conditions. Most will cover that space quite easily.  You wouldn't have winter interest though. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 2,531
    Clematis armandii is a great everygreen, fragrant and flowering in the late winter early Spring. We had lows of -5 degrees this year and it was great. Back in 2010 we had lows of -15 and it still was ok. It will need support to get going but who owns the fence? If your neighbours then I think there could be issues with you putting wires onto it (others will know better then me) and may have to use bamboo canes to get the clematis something to climb up.
    We only prune back when we need access for painting the outside of the house as it is situated near a small access to the south facing wall.
    This years flowering has been the best ever. So many flowers over such a long period. Brilliant.
  • That’s really good info, thanks very much
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