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any ideas for climbers up a fence?the fence runs east to west

Looking for my first climbers up a 5ft fence running 30ft across.would love to mix loads of climbers,any ideas?



  • chickychicky Posts: 10,382

    Got to have some clematis - loads to choose from.

    and how about an ivy for an evergreen backdrop - good for wildlife

  • I was going to suggest clematis too, or you could have a rambling rose or even mix the two. Or Jasmine or honeysuckle.  Lovely perfumes. 

  • I have a similar fence - we have several clematis of types that flower at different times of the year, two honeysuckles - a Graham Thomas and  a Belgica and I'm planning on a couple of climbing or rambling roses (when I've made a bit of planting space by moving some of the perennials into the new bed I'm going to create at the front of the house).

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

  • Cotty1000.... how much wildlife do you want to encourage. Obviously there are lots of berry bearing hedge type plants, including Pyracantha ( watch out for vicious spines), cotoneaster and holly. Grown as a hedge you will get lots of birds nesting and feeding. 

    If you go for clematis and roses you will be pruning and cutting back to get the max. flowerpower. However this may be at the expense of the wildlife, albeit much prettier.

    If you really want a wildlife hedge plant hedgerow plants, including bramble. fruit for the birds and crumble for you.

    ( p.s. don't forget to think long term. will you need to trim the hedge on the fence side as well as the front, do you need to get behind it for any reason?)


  • GillyLGillyL Posts: 1,077

    Jasmine "Fiona Sunrise" has really pretty tellow leaves.

  • Would a Virginia creeper,climbing hydrangea,clematis and a climbing rose look good?

    Which ones have autumnal flowers or leaves?

  • The first 2?

  • How about a Rambling Rector or a Himalayan Musk rose with a couple of clematis mixed in to contrast colours and have a longer flower season.

    If I had to choose one plant on its own it would be clematis Armandii , they take a couple of years to establish , but are vigorous and have a long flowering season and lovely evergreen foliage.
  • Clem armandii can be a bit fussy. In particular they don't like draughts.... a

    bit like me....image

  • I think that Rambling Rector or Paul's Himalayan Musk are too vigorous for a 5ft  fence

    they'll easily grow to 20ft and as they flower on oldgrowth  would need constant and  careful attention to keep them within bounds and retain the flowering wood. 

    Lots of ideas for climbing roses here


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

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