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hi this is a north faing area that has jacmine and an inherited unknown white ramblong rose at the top of the fence, o have some helebores and a hydrangea that came back this year from the dead but has no buds or flowers, i was thinking of osmanthus or a camellia here, i'm going to move the crocosmia as there are pink geraniums a little further up and as you look along the border the colours look awful together, any other ideas? i'm losing the plot with what to put where at the moment


  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010




     sorry the above referes to the 2nd pic, note the stylish hello kitty accessory, the 1st pic is the,,,work are i'm hopiong to havew a pergola built here to grow montana and a climbing or rambling rose up, it's east facing and gets around 3or4 hours of early sun in summer, again suggestions welcome

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge Posts: 3,502

    Hi Rosemummy, I'm don't know about your first question as I'm not familiar with those plants but for the second, Ive been really impressed with some north facing climbers I bought last autumn which might do for your pergola.

    I bought clematis Rebecca (maroon, late spring but has a second wave of buds now) clematis alpina (I'm not sure if it had a name but it is a light blue spring flowerer, and rosa veilchenblau (lilac, flowering now) for a north facing fence in my chicken pen. It gets sun from the east but none of the flowers turned, they all faced forward which I liked and better still none climbed through the fence to get the sun from the south which I thought they might.

    I'm a climbing plant novice so hopefully others will have suitable ideasimage

    Wearside, England.
  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,550

    Hi rose mummy, I love how the jasmine and rose cascades over the fence, so pretty.

    How about pink and white hardy geraniums? You can get some lovely white ones with pink veins and vica versa and then either side of them something maybe deep pink or vibrant blue?

    Hmmm as for your side passage which is very like mine but sadly I get no sun at all, how about another jasmine entwined in a rambling rose? 

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    thanks for reading and comments, got soooo many hardy geraniums, want something larger and evergreen, planning rose mme alfred carriere or possibly pauls himalayan musk and clematis montana for pergola it'll be around15 feet tall and 22 feet long

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    Perfect verdin thank you, I have a sarcacocca a bit further along that bed that does get bit of late pm sun, I' m under the impression it doesn't really need it so will move, form and density exactly what I want for there, I' ll check out the lonicera, I do adore fragrant plants

  • rosemummyrosemummy Posts: 2,010

    Ps apologies verdun this iPAD has problems with a lot of names and I noticed too late it' s auto corrected to verdin again! Sorry, also, any reason why sarcacocca preferable to Osmanthus? i have both and am struggling to place osmanthus, it's tiny and in a pot at the mo 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    I have Osmanthus burkwoodii in a shady spot rosemummy, and it's growing very happily. Nice scented flowers in early spring. Might be earlier where you are too. image

    I'd echo the Lonceras as well. They're great foliage plants and you can clip and trim them whenever you want especially if they take over the spot they're in. I have one called Golden Glow which is a nice bright green if it's in a shady spot. It's a good foil for other foliage shapes and colours.

    I put a pic of it on the garden gallery (or star in your garden) thread with a buddleia just the other day.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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