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I am new to gardening and not sure what kind of plant i need. I am looking for a cheapish climbing plant possibly, that is as low maintence as possible, which will grow thick along my fence and stop my neighbour looking through and harrassing me when im in the garden! Any ideas or advice? And also it would have to be planted in a long planter? Thanks in advance x


  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053

    Just bear in mind that it will take years for any plant to provide the coverage you are looking for. How about some of that bamboo on a roll pinned on the fence?


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  • PassionatePassionate Posts: 225

    I think if I was you maybe I would look for a cheap metal arch that would fit into each end of your planter and grow tall grasses in the middle and maybe a clematis to cover the arch, you can buy winter clematis or spring ones that keep their leaves all year and are quite vigorous like the armandii Snowdrift which is a lovely white flower and tough dark green leaves that stay all year. 

    The other thing is to buy a trellis to fix on top of your fence which is criss cross with thin wood, you may see these for sale at boot sales also garden centres sell bits off like this at this time of year so check them out for a bargain.

    Trellis add  height and privacy with or without plants, but are perfect for climbers.

    I do agree with hogweed, nothing will be instant but the sooner you start the better. Good luck, I hate nosey neighbours.


  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,154

    I'd grow something with thorns to deter the neighbour. How about a pyracantha? Its evergreen and has flowers that bees adore, then bright berries in the winter.

  • PassionatePassionate Posts: 225

    Hi Charlie November, I enjoyed reading your message for Rosepetal3 very interesting and some good tips thankyou????

  • Sorry my message hasnt posted from the other day! Thankyou all for your advice it is grately appreciated. I didnt realise there were so many to choose from ???? think i need some serious education on gardening! I think i like the idea of the akebia as my fence is exactly as charlie november described. Do you have a website charlie november so i can order some later in the year? Many thanks to you all.
  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    A few nice rambling roses?



  • cathy43cathy43 Posts: 373

    I can recommend the akebia, planted two last year and it has taken off this spring, a quick growerimage and kept green all winter.  Charlie, how do you get them to flower or does it have to be a couple of years established?

  • PassionatePassionate Posts: 225

    Hi Rosepetal3 like CharlieNovember, I'm curious to know what level of harassment you get from next door. I was going to suggest you tell them were to get off or invite a 'gobby' friend round who might tell them on your behalf.



  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    I've had some terrible neighbours in the past and although it's really tempting to tell them where to go we've had the most success just inviting them over for a barbeque and a few beers, not always possible I know but turning on the charm does disable most people if you do it long enough.

  • PassionatePassionate Posts: 225

    Hi Charlie November, do you know anything about wisteria, i have a four year old one climbing up an arch and I saw a couple of flowers last year and a few more this year, which I'm very proud of, as I understand they can take years to fully grow.

    i try to prune it exactly as instructed on the RHS website, however people will give me antidotes about how their relatives 'just sliced' the top off or sheared a couple of feet off it and they get a glorious display the following year.?

    What would you say about Wisteria ??

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