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What would you plant to cover this wall?

JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 726
Ideas ho help a friend please…..

there is a narrow border at the bottom of this wall on the left side and terrace on the left. Not possible to add trellis or attachments to the wall in any way….. how can we make it more appealing?  Oh and it’s in France so generally a few degrees warmer than the UK.  Nice soil, but full sun all day.


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,428
    Difficult if you can't add a support. Might need to be a wall shrub rather than a climber. Ceanothus or similar. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • NollieNollie Girona, Catalunya, Northen Spain.Posts: 5,679
    Could they not drive sturdy posts into the ground of the border to support a trellis, using those metal stake post supports? Both available from garden section of Leroy Merlin 😊 
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,531
    That's a real eyesore. Isn't it?
    What about a trellis a couple of feet or so away from it so that you could get behind it if necessary 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 726
    edited 10 May
    Yes B3 it is a bit of an eyesore. She was thinking for the part where there is soil to add a row of arches side by side, as these could be Carried on along the part where the wall is lower. 

    I’ll pass on the idea of supporting trellis on the stake supports, thanks Nolly. 

    I gave her the hollyhocks last year but even thought they have grown well they really don’t make any impression against the monster wall! But at least we now have a better idea of the soil (this time last year it was 100% thistles, buttercups and bindweed…. We are still losing the buttercup battle but at least they are colorful.
  • nick615nick615 SW IrelandPosts: 998
    Always with the proviso that the roots won't damage the damned wall, might there be something like a Magnolia, or other shrub/tree, that would break up the eyesore?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,428
    Could they paint it? Surely that would improve it as well  :)
    Then shrubs and small trees in front, with a gap for any maintenance, for the wall and the planting. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,166
    Could you hanging strings off the roof? Grow green beans, sweet peas, tomatoes. 

    Long term: Montana, hops or roses up the strings? Or create a string crossing lattice from the roof, diagonally, pegging into the ground? Could be an interesting project. 
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,458
    edited 11 May
    I suppose that horrible wall belongs to the neighbours. Have they been approached to find out if they would accept: painting it over (at your friend's expense, of course, not at their expense, since they probably don't care); minimal attachement of treillis; or whatever?
    Is that a heat pump "ventilator" I can spot on one wall? Strange that it is located up there? It might interfere with any plants you might have in front of it.
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • JacquimcmahonJacquimcmahon Paris FrancePosts: 726
    They can’t do anything too permanent as there is some discussion happening around the huge crack which you can see in the picture. I never thought about potential interference from the heat pump, must pass that along, thanks papi jo.
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