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Climber ideas for house front

Hi, just wondering if anyone has any ideas/tip/warnings against growing climbers up the house.
Basically, we've got the front of the house where something could grow up beside the main window and then across above it and we also have a side wall with no window lower down. The front wall is South facing, side wall West facing. 
Obviously I don't want to damage the render or brickwork beneath so I know ivy is a definite no, wisteria is lovely but I've seen things before about it being destructive. I have looked at Clematis or star Jasmine. I would prefer at least one of them to be evergreen if possible and in an ideal world I would like it to be lower maintenance as once it gets some height on it, it'd be my partner going up the ladder and he'd rather not have to do it too often.
Any advice or suggestions would be great, thanks :)


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,949
    If you're not in a chilly part of the country, then Star Jasmine/Clematis would work well.
    I had a SJ and grew a Clematis Julia Correvon over it on a west-facing fence.
    The SJ provided the framework for the clematis to clamber up.
    Julia Correvon is a group 3 clematis so is cut back to ground level each spring. The clematis grows mostly on the front of the SJ, so is easy to pull off in the spring and remove all of it.
    You will have to provide trellis or some other support for the SJ and you will need to tie it in.

    Billericay - Essex

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  • thevictorianthevictorian Posts: 1,048
    There are a few houses in our area with nice jasmine growing up them. We have just planted a clematis montana to grow up one of our walls because although they are vigorous, they can simply be hacked back without any worries of killing it or doing damage to the house. 
    I think a combination would work well though, maybe a clematis armandii for spring flowering and something else growing through it for the summer.
  • Thanks, I like the idea of growing a couple together, provided it's not too difficult to untangle them for pruning. The Jasmine and Clematis look really nice @Pete.8 . That was probably the only thing holding me back on the Jasmine as our house walls are white so I wanted some colour as well. Thanks for the help
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,949
    The advantage of a group 3 clematis is that they are cut back to the ground (almost) in Spring. So they tend to grow only over the front of the SJ.
    When it comes to Spring the clematis almost just falls off the SJ - no untangling needed.
    The the SJ then gets plenty of sun to grow until it's covered in the clematis again in Summer.
    It worked really well.
    Sadly I lost them both when I extended my house over where they were growing.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
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