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I live in a purpose built apartment block, all windows of the white "plastic" variety.

I am looking for a flowering scented climber for a north east facing wall to train around the windows on a support system, preferably a climber which requires little maintenance and is not too woody. Thus far the climbers which a I have seen are  the "Clematis" a few of which appear to be suitable for the aspect. I would greatly appreciate the advice and suggestions from more knowledgeable gardeners than me, regarding my quest.

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,811

    Have a look at Lonicera Heckrottii , a honeysuckle with fragrant flowers that isn't as big as some and would grow in a large pot. Will need some pruning and tying in position. Honeysuckles are woodland plants so don't mind some shade.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Thank you so much for the rapid response, I have thought about honeysuckle but was concerned about too much maintenance, pruning etc. at 78 I need to keep it fairly simple to take care of these beautiful climbers. Are they suitable for training around window frames?

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,811

    I would have thought so if you train it and tie it in and snip off the unwanted bits. Some honeysuckles would be too vigorous.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    How about a climbing rose. Danse de Feu is scented with a long flowering season and will do nicely on a north facing wall. There are quite a few roses that would do the trick. Mme Alfred Carriere is an old white one that would do splendidly and very fragrant.

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • my honeysuckle is just flowering now, I have the orange type not sure of the name, I find it grow quite rapidly & apart from trimming a few long pieces off I don't have to do anything else.

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