Forum home Garden design

Climber for this SW wall

This wall is crying out for a climber. In the picture is a ceonothus. I'm thinking a white wisteria, but will that be drought tolerant? It's not convenient to get to with water. Is there something else I should consider? Thanks!



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,631

    A Wisteria will need something to wind itself around for support so you would need to supply that, maybe wires attached to vine eyes. You may have to wind the stems around to start with.

    Wisteria is fairly drought tolerant and good for growing on walls.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Thanks for the info and rotation! 😊
  • Arthur1Arthur1 Posts: 538
    Some clematis are very vigorous but have the advantage that they can be cut hard back regularly, this makes maintenence easy. They do need a support though. Photos are of C rehderiana and C chinensis. Either of these would grow on your wall. Both can be grown from seed.

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,937
    I think if it were my wall I'd avoid climbers.
    Unless you have a climber that is self-clinging, you'll need vine eyes and horizontal wires all the way up to train it.
    Then you'd need to consider how to keep it pruned too. Not much fun at that height.

    I'd have a think about small fastigiate trees (trees that grow upwards and stay narrow)
    You may get some ideas here-

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,661
    I echo what Pete.8 says, vigorous climbers like wisteria are high maintenance once they get growing.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Thanks, it's good to know about the disadvantage of this stunning plant. I'll look into the alternatives each of you had provided. 
  • FireFire Posts: 17,351
    Fastigiate trees would be lovely but will need lots of water to get them established in the first years.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966
    Not all clematis reach humongous proportions, so there's plenty that would be fine, as long as you put some support in for them.
    If watering's a problem, look at the smaller, early types - alpinas, macropetalas etc. They prefer drier conditions anyway, unlike their larger flowered, later relatives.  :)

    It goes without saying that they still need to be well watered on planting, until well established, but at this time of year, it's easier. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • FireFire Posts: 17,351
    You would need something to climb up
  • FireFire Posts: 17,351
    edited October 2022
    You would need something for it to climb up
Sign In or Register to comment.