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Hi folks, my first post so apologise if it's in wrong forum.

I have a west facing wall which I would like to plant climbers against, but do I do not know which would be best in this situation. I would like to plant at least three different varieties that I can tie in on wires, preferably to have colour all year round. 

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,451

    Hi recap and welcome image  Don't worry about which forum you're posting in - we'll find you image

    Can you tell us a bit more about the wall and situation. 

    How tall and how wide is the wall? 

    Are you going to be planting in containers or in a bed at the foot of the wall, and what size are the containers/bed? 

    Also whereabouts in the country are you and what is the soil like (if you're planting in a bed)?

    Sorry to throw so many questions at you, but it will help to get the best advice image

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  • Alan4711Alan4711 LincolnshirePosts: 1,657

    Hi Recap,erein the east coast we have Montana Clematis on our West wall and its just great,when it sleeps a bit it still looks good, these are white when in flower,wall 6 months old ,

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    fence top older. good luck

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 19,190

    I have clematis Montana "Marjorie" and climbing Hydrangea Petiolaris on west walls.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • recaprecap Posts: 6

    Thanks folks.

    Dovefromadove, it's a gable end of a bungalow that gets a lot of wind in rural East Cleveland. Soil is light Ph 6.5. I have previously grown, potatoes, sweet corn and various other veg in the plot. I will be growing in the bed against the wall. I would prefer to grow against wires so as not to damage the brick wall too much.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 47,190

    Lots of Clematis will be happy enough there but you might want to add some nutrition to the soil as they're hungry plants. BLizzie's suggestion of the montana will give you spring colour and you could add one of the summer flowering varieties to give a continuity of flowering. Take a look on one of the specialist sites like Taylor's Clematis and you will see the huge choice available. The Hydrangea is a lovely plant - a good contrast and foil for other colours. image

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  • recaprecap Posts: 6

    Thanks fairygirl

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,451

    Don't forget to plant any climber well away from the wall and train it back to the wall/support as there will be a rain shadow at the base of the wall - most climbers like to get their roots well down into cool moist soil.  I would dig a generous amount of organic matter into the border in preparation. image

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  • recaprecap Posts: 6

    Thank you Dovefromabove, in the couple of years since moving in here I have rotavated, I have a small rotavator, the plot then dug in plenty of compost. Is it right with clematis that they need to be planted an inch or two below the main shoots?

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,451

    Yes, plant clematis a good couple of inches below the level they were in the pot.  I find that adding a small amount of lime to the backfill soil is good for them too. 

    Have a look here http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/ - I've bought several clematis from them, they always arrive in superb condition and you'll be spoiled for choice image

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  • recaprecap Posts: 6

    Thank you Dovefromabove, will take a look.

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