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climber for a exposed south facing wall

i'm looking to cover the gable end of my garage with a climber (mainly to green up the large area of brick) the wall is south facing and gets the sun for most of the day even in the depths of winter, but can get battered by strong west winds. it must be easily trainable onto wires and not too 'thick'  (so not wisteria, which was my first thought) as a path runs along the wall of the garage and i'll need it to walk down.

has anyone got any suggestions?


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    There is a lovely simple yellow rose called Mermaid, which keeps a lot of it's leaves in the winter.image

  • What about one of those tropaeolum speciosium wotsits, not managed to get my seeds growing yet so dont know how it deals with wind, but would be spectacular if it worked! image

    Ive yet to see any rose trained up a wall that dosent look beautiful, whatever the variety image

    What about a kiwi vine, or training a fruit tree such as a plum?
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    Clematis Orange Peel; grows like crazy, has been flowering for months, and I think Nutcutlet told me you can cut it back hard after flowering so the winter winds won't cause too much damage. Mine is growing over an exposed arch here in the Fens, which nothing else could handle.image

  • jasmine is a good one .


  • Guaranteed not to be thick and not needing wires, very hardy - Parthenocissus tricuspidata, plus superb autumn colour.

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