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Hi Folks,

I just moved to a new house and was wondering what is the best option to cover the end wall of a large garage that backs onto my property, its S/E facing and is about 30 ft long and 30 ft high at the apex.  Ideally I am looking for something that is evergreen and has a flower / fragrance in summer though, I don't mind if there is mainteance involved but my overriding priority is to cover the wall within a few years (pic of wall attached).  Any ideas are greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,




  • chelliechellie Posts: 37

    this link might give you an idea hope it helps

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Clematis montana, white or pink, would love it there, it would have enough room to become the gorgeous huge plant it want to be.  You would need to put up plenty of good heavy weight wires for it to grow upon - lovely.  Climbing hydrangea would go well too, though it does take its time to start gripping but once away can cover big areas.  Maybe both, as you have a good large area to cover. 

  • DomDom Posts: 7

    Thanks to both Chellie and Bookertoo for responding, really appreciate it.  I like the idea of the clematis but worried about pruning - what level of cutting back is required will it not leave the wall exposed until the new growth comes on ?

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    If you use a montana it really requires little or no pruning as you want it to cover a large area, just the odd stem to tidy it up, not complicated as the summer ones are often seen to be.  After flowering it it leaves a covering of pretty leaves, and a good stenciling of twisting stems in the winter.  Once established it may support other lighter clematis when its own flowers are over - we do that here.   What it will need is a good strong set of support wires as a well grown montana can weigh a tremendous amount in full flower, especially when wet.  Grandiflora and rubus are  the the largest, there are others which are more perfumed and slightly less strong in growth. 

  • DomDom Posts: 7

    Sounds fantastic, will definitely go with that. When is the best time to plant, can I do it now ?

  • yes you can plant it now.

    It will need some supporting as well.

    As it is such a huge space why not have a couple of things, to extend the flowering period. I have a May Queen Climbing rose in my garden. far too big really for the space. It really wants a massive area to ramble over. Lovely flowers and scent.

    The other thing I though of was virgina creeper, it will cover your wall quickly, is self clinging,  although not ever green, the colours of the leaves in the autumn are spectacular. 

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    When you say the garage backs on to your property, does that mean it is not your building?  If it does not belong to you do not plant anything on it; certainly do not attach trellis or wires to it.  If you do it is tresspass and the owner of the wall might have something to say about it, especially if your plant obstructs the guttering or climbs up on to the roof or round the sides.

    By all means plant shrubs in front of it, but otherwise do not touch it if it is not yours.

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    That is quite right of course, but I did imagine that Dom would speak with his neighbour before doing anything if the building does not belong to him.  Most people who cannot see the back of their buildings are pretty reasonable about the adding of plant supports.  You can only ask huh?

  • DomDom Posts: 7

    No issue with the neighbours - told them what I was planning to do and they think its a great idea.  Thanks to all for the great feedback, really really apreciate it.


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,587

    You could consider planting a Kiftsgate rose - gets to 30 ' and has scented creamy flowers in June followed by red hips in autumn which are good for birds.  Combine this with a clematis montana for spring flowers and a scented honeysuckle for summer flowers and you have an extended season of interest.    All offer nectar for insects and thus food for birds.

    As stated, you'll need to support them but this is easy enough if you are permitted to screw in some serious vine eyes to the wall and then stretch heavy gauge wires between them.  You'll need a wire at 18" intervals up the wall.

    Make sure you improve the soil with plenty of good garden compost and/or well rotted manure before planting and put your plants in at least 18" away from teh wall so their roots have better access to food and water to maintain growth and health.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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