Garrya elliptica james roof or Persian ivy (dentata colchica)
There is a side of my garage wall in my garden that I am desperate to cover but I cannot make up my mind over what plant will be the best choice. I am torn between Garrya elliptica james roof and the persian ivy. My head wants to go with the variagated large-leaf ivy because it will be low maintenance whilst still being quite handsome. However, it is just good old boring ivy.
My heart, on the other hand, wants to go with the garrya for wow factor. My concern with the garrya is that I will probably only get the wow factor over 2 months in the year and I may have to consider companion plants to provide colour for the remainder of the year. Would it look boring without the catkins display? Additionally, I reckon it will take a few years before the garrya will make any aesthetic statement. Does any one if I will get very dense coverage with the garrya?
What will be my best option from an aesthetic and maintenance view point? Please note that either plant I choose will be container/trough planted as the ground is paved. My garden is north-facing/shaded.