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B3B3 Posts: 25,219
I have a length of  east facing fence in dark dappled shade that gets full baking sun midsummer. With the best will in the world (which I haven't got) it's not going to get watered regularly.
Ivy  and wild honeysuckle , acuba, will grow there. I don't want any of them
It there anything else that I could try?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    You might get away with some geraniums.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,219
    Yes they'd do ok but they won't grow up the fence @Posy
    I have a number of shrubs and the like that manage at ground level but would probably do better elsewhere. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,833
    Winter jasmine (J. nudiflorum) might be OK but it doesn't cling or twine, you'd need to tie it in.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 4,254
    @B3 I grow Tetrastigma Obtectum on an east facing wall. It is self clinging which you may not want. My soil is clay,  it can have a few leaf spots in winter so it would probably like better drainage than it has. I was warned when I bought it that it might not be hardy here but it is year 4 and it has been fine. I am struggling with any other possibles.

    A good gardener's eye sees more to be improved. Robin Lane Fox
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Sorry, didn't get the climber bit.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,081
    Alpina clematis
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,219
    Thanks all. I'd never have thought of them. Clinging or not doesn't matter. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • KiliKili Posts: 1,043
    edited May 2022
    @B3   I have a climbing Hydrangea on an East facing wall (Self clinging) and it seems to be settling in, in year two after planting. Took a while to get going though hardly moved the first year , but has kicked into growth now. Would that be an option?

    Opps.. just noticed "wont get watered regularly". Not sure if the climbing Hydrangea will be suitable in that case.

    'The power of accurate observation .... is commonly called cynicism by those that have not got it.

    George Bernard Shaw'

  • B3B3 Posts: 25,219
    It's lovely but watering would involve connecting up the extension hose and covering myself in anti- bite stuff and that only happens in extremis!
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,700
    I have a Solanum Crispum Glasnevin in our garden in Norfolk on an east facing fence. I also had one on a south facing wall at my old house in SW France, in clay. I rarely watered it and it was fine. Can be a thug but fairly heavy pruning after flowering keeps it in check. The Norfolk one is looking lovely at the moment in full flower.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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