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Climber for an Arch

Hope somebody out there can help ? I have an allotment plot and have just erected a metal arch as the entry point (the height being 6' 7" and width being 4' 5"). What I would like to do is to grow a fairly fast climber on it that would be heavily scented, visually striking and (hopefully) evergreen to cheer me up through the cold, winter days ! The soil is clay (but I intend to mix in some grit) and the arch faces North-to-South. All assistance gratefully received ! Thanks - Rob (Bristol)


  • A trachelospermum jasminoides is a fab plant as long as it isnt too cold.  Its also called the star of jasmine as the white scented flowers look like jasmine.  It is reasonably evergreen and the leaves have a red tint in winter.  It isnt very fast but you can often buy them already trained up a tall stem. 



  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609 your situation, I would choose from...

    Lonicera japonica 'Halls prolific'

    Lonicera jap... 'Halliana'

    Lonicera jap. 'var. repens'..(deciduous)

    these can be contained on an arch with suitable pruning..

    ..try growing Clematis 'purpurea plena elegans' on the other side....

  • TootlesTootles Posts: 1,469

    I've gone for a white scented climbing rose called Madam Alfred Carrier and its boooootiful.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,166

    I have Madame Alfred Carrière on an arch too, planted in 1992, repeat flowers very well. Mine is on the south side, but I've heard it doesn't mind some shade.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
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