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!!
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
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.