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North facing fence suggestions

I try to stick to native where I can but my fairly new north facing fence needs something on it. I want it green! I have ivy in a section and some honeysuckle but that doesn’t fill it. Now I’m happy to consider non native for something that will grow fairly quickly and ideally have some nectar value. I also have a morello cherry doing pretty well. Any suggestions? Best I’ve had is clematis Montana.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,997
    I have Clematis cirrhosa 'Freckles' on a north-facing fence.  It's evergreen and flowers non-stop from autumn through to mid spring, and intermittently in the summer ... it's always full of bees and small birds (wrens, dunnocks, blue tits, longtailed tits, robins etc )...  and many of them gather the fluffy seeds for their nests.  

    I also have some Clematis alpinas on another northfacing fence ... they flower in the spring and again the bumbles and solitary bees frequently visit the flowers, and this year a dunnock is nesting in one for the second year running. 

    Both the above types of clematis will clothe a reasonable area of fence, without being as rampant as a C. montana.  Neither of them require pruning so you're not left with bare fence for part of the year. 

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

  • I’m in year 2 of trying clematis rhederiana, another “virgins bower” like Clematis cirrhosa. It borrows and perhaps I’m being impatient but others have suggested it’d be better full sun. I’ll have a look for these two you have suggested
  • AnguisFragilisAnguisFragilis Posts: 93
    edited May 2022
    I went for alpina  “Willy” and Nelly Moser. Fingers crossed
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    I've only just seen this thread - N.Moser is ideal for a north facing site, because - like many clematis, it gets very bleached in sun. Loads of varieties are happy in shade. It's another myth that they [clematis] need their roots in shade and their heads in the sun. Hundreds of varieties are perfectly happy with virtually no sun at all. 
    The early alpinas and macropetalas all do well in shady sites too. 

    They should do well for you  :)  
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Here’s hoping.the mission is a green fence. Got morello fan training, C.rhederiana, ivy native honeysuckle and some bramble I’m training as well as the two clematis named above. Shade loving wildflowers do really well along the ground level , I just hate the sterile 2D nature of a new fence. 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358
    I hope it's a very long fence! That's a lot of vigorous planting you have there.
    Ivy and brambles will take over no problem, if they get the chance. 
    You'll need to be sure the N.Moser has plenty of decent soil and consistent watering to keep it happy until established. The alpinas are happy in drier conditions, but not the larger flowered clematis. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • It’s a decent length
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