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what to cover a south facing wall with

we have just bought our first home & am enjoying gardening but am overwhelmed with what to do In it

the small wall at the front is not in a great condition and as we don't have the money at present to alter it wonder if I could plant something to climb up it and disguise it (Probably have to remove the trough?) 

there are currently some bushes that had yellow flowers on which I'd like to dig out.

It is south facing according to my iPhone and the soil seems a bit clay like.

i really like cottagey feeling gardens and the next door neighbour has a clematis which I think looks fabulous but would this grow too big?

many thanks for any suggestkons




  • i think your pictures too big moomin

  • chickychicky Posts: 10,400

    How about some sort of rambling rose that you can train along it rather than the usual up.  Don't go for one of the really vigourous ones (Rambling Rector, Kiftsgate etc) but one of the smaller ones would do nicely.  You could check out the David Austin or Peter Beales websites to find one you like.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,142

    I have a clematis called "Diana" which is doing well on a south wall. It is growing with a grapevine.


     There are loads of clematis on this site, so you should be able to find one you like.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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  • I love roses so a rose clematis combination might be good. Would I be best putting a small trellis on the wall or would netting do? 

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,616

    Most clematis are likely to grow too tall, unless you are happy for it to cover the railings as well. There are a few herbaceous clematis which are much smaller and would be fine.

    Roses would grow well. They like clay and sun.

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  • The previous owner was obviously very keen on evergreens...flipping nightmare to mow round em!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,357

    I can see the nightmare Moom, could you dig some up and make a bed of them and simplify? It would be more pleasing to your eye as well

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,477

    Lovely looking house - maybe the evergreens will eventually join up and give you a low hedge.  Yes, like the others I immediately thought of roses and clematis.

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