Which climbers for privacy

Hi guys and gals This is my first post so go easy on me. I have been reading a lot of information online but i figure it would be a lot easier getting the info from one place Right so here goes.... I live in the NW of england and i have nosey neighbours lol What I'm looking for are a few climbing plants that grow quickly and at least one of the 3 must reach at least 8ft in height. Im looking for plants that will grow well together and look nice on my 2 x 8ft trellis. The area gets around 8-9 hours full sun a day Id like to include Passion flower, honey suckle or fuscia also The plants need to also act as a privacy screen during winter so dying off is out of the question. I dont know if im being too optimistic to hope for 8ft of growth by the end of the year. I appreciate any replys and advice. Ty


  • Forester2Forester2 Posts: 1,478

    Clemetis armandii is quick growing and evergreen.  Some one else will come up with another idea Mick.

    There are so many pleas for help for privacy in gardens.   If only we had more land in this country and were like Australia where they mainly build one story houses then this problem wouldn't arise. 

  • bekkie hughesbekkie hughes Posts: 5,294
    Welcome image

    You really are pushing your luck for 8ft of growth this uear unless you have very deep pockets! I have seen companied advertising "ready made"hedges out of ivy, but i think they cost a bomb!

    Also, anything thats very vigorous will swamp your passion flower etc until it is established.

    Virginia creeper grows very fast, once established it will cover a fence panel in a season, has wonderful autumn colour but not evergreen.

    The clematis Forester mentioned is a beauty, but took a couple of years to really get going in my garden, a very nice option tho image

    Persian ivy is nice, even bog standard ivy is very attractive, but both will take time to grow.

    Would you consider something like pyracantha?

    Have a look on ashridgetrees site, they have some really nice stuff, and give good info image

    You could try a rambling rose, lots of those are semi evergreen which means they only drop their leaves when it gets very very cold, many have a wonderful scent, bobby james is very popular image
  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,122

    Welcome Mick. I'm afraid unless as bekkie has said you spend more than a few quid, your wish won't come true. Going down the clematis armandii route will give you an evergreen screen, although it will get a lot bigger than 8 feet. Even a clematis montana will grow a lot taller. However having said that in winter with a bit of training it can provide a dense screen of although bare branches, it is difficult to see through, ask my neighbour at the back of me. The trouble you may have is the weight of any climber as you don't say how your trellis is held up.

    A rose will lose it's leaves few will keep their leaves to any great extent.

    Have you thought of bamboo, or a tall shrub, although again you have the issue of speed of growth.

    There must be someone here can make another suggestion, so be patient.

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,613

    Not a climber  and not evergreen, but something that will give you four or five feet of growth in a season, is buddleia. Let it grow and don't prune it much and it will send up loads of branches and twigs that, just now, are covered in perfumed flowers and butterflies.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Thank you for replys

    My trellis is screwed directly to the fence with 2" spaces.

    The trellis is sturdy enough to withstand some weight

    It would be nice if i could have at least 3 varieties of plants (maybe even the same type but different colours.

    Bare branches in the winter is not really ideal

    Clematis seem v nice ????

    Regarding the bamboo. I have actually taken some 7ft plants from next door (cluster type) and this acts as a screen for kitchen window behind my garden

    I have two 8 ft trellis then either side covering the living room and another window.

    The problem i have is my house is higher up than theirs so when i stand by the back door all i seem to see is this older couple standing and staring lol


    it's only from 6ft to 8ft i require the screen as the fence is 6ft

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,613

    Which troubles you more, the fact that they are old or the fact that they are staring?image

    I'd give them something to stare at. And ask them if they'd like to join inimage

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • lol pansy

    Look i know what ppl think and thats....could it be that maybe they think the same as me.. "What does that family keep looking at" lol but it isn't the case. They will just stand there and stare for up to an hour and its a bit weird..

    Look lol im a big lad at 6"3 and i dont wanna scare em im just getting a bit tired of feeling those eyes burrowing into my head lmao
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,252

    Give them a wave Mick, maybe they'd like to speak but can't get round to it. image

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,613


    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • Haha i have waved numerous times but they just look away for a few mins lol

    Now anyways lol...back to the remedy

    I have been looking at Lonicera Honeysuckle in various colours

    Would this plant fit the bill for climbing screen with year round cover?
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