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Can you recommend a hardy perennial climber?

Hi everyone, I live in Fife on the east coast of Scotland and I'm looking for a perennial climber to plant up against a north facing wall in a south facing garden. The wall is mostly in shade though it does get a good few hours of sun in late afternoon / evening. I'm brand new to gardening so really don't have a clue here - I would like something that looks good all year round and has a long flowering period. Also I would prefer something that can grow quite close to the wall, as I don't want anything too bushy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!! 


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,568
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,773

    Climbing hydrangea (H. petiolaris).  It loves the shade and clings to the wall itself so you don't need trellis or wires (although it will appreciate a little help while it's still small).  It has lovely creamy panicles of flowers in the summer and although it does lose it's leaves in lthe winter, I always think that the tracery of stems on a wall in the winter look really beautiful.

    It grows close to the wall and can be kept trimmed back even more closely if needed. image

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