Evergreen climbers

I have a wooden fence all around my garden And would like evergreen climbers for cover and wildlife.So any suggestions would be helpfull.


  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    Pyracantha, birds love the berries and lovely white flower clusters in June attract the insects. Would need to be kept shaped but I have found that not a problem.

    Also evergreen clematis for winter colour such as 'Freckles', Clem cartmanii 'Joe' (spring)

    Lovely scented winter flowering honeysuckle.

    there are more I am sure others will come up with some image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,069

    Ivy comes in some attractive leaf colours and shapes. Berries for birds and a good nesting site

  • I ve just planted a blue solanum on a sunny wall which is evergreen-I think- apparently once established grows very well.  Can't wait for it to take off-there is a white flowered variety too.  it is a member of the potato family and berries are poisonous.  A friend  has an evergreen summer flowering jasmin which always looks good but it needs sun.  i have a winter flowering jasmin which has very welcome yellow flowers early, sometimes end of January(I am on south coast!)  

    Have fun climbing up your fence!

  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    The winter jasmine on my fence in the Fens is sheltered from the worst of the wind, is pretty vigorous and I hack it back about once or twice a year so I can get to the compost bins. It flowers early, but the flowers don't survive the snow and frost.

  • The "Freckles" clematis, recommended above, is a dainty little thing and won't grow quickly or give much cover for a while. For a fast-growing evergreen clematis, get something like an armandii. And yes, ivy is great for wildlife but the plain green native ones can get a bit out of hand. The smaller-leaved, variegated ones might be better.

  • Abby2Abby2 Posts: 101

    I have an armandii and a solanum both of which have shot up the fence in just a few years. You may need to extend your fence height with trellis though as both these plants grow big very fast!  

  • Tel3Tel3 Posts: 4
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions.It will give me lot to read up on Will be glad when the weather worms up.
  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 2,909

    I have Clematis, Freckles and Jingle Bells and found them to grow very quickly, didn't do well the first year as they where both in pots but once planted out both covered a trellis that year and are evergreen.

    Solanum Glasnevin is semi-evergreen, keeps it's leaves in mild winters and has pretty little lilac coloured flowers. Honey Suckle, Darts World is evergreen.


  • trifid housetrifid house Posts: 101


     Hi can anybody help with my sickly looking jasmine. Not sure of the name, it is evergreen and I have a had a few white flowers in the last 2 summers but they are very sparse, the leaves are always yellowish and blotchy. It grows on a west facing trellis planter is about 2.5ft deep and 6ftlong x1ft wide. We live on a hill but the wind hits the back of the fence behind the jasmine So is fairly sheltered. On the same fence i have a climbing rose and a solarium(dont know if spelt right sorry) in seperate planters which flower really well, so dont know what I am doing wrong with the jasmine. They also get good sun from 10am till dark . Any ideas gratefully received

  • Hi, Trifid house. You might do best to start your own thread for this question so that as many people as possible see it.

    I have two similar jasmines in my garden and a simiilar problem with them. They are not fully hardy. I'm wondering how long yours has been in the ground. Mine have been there a year and I'm hoping they are concentrating on making root. They need plenty of high potash feed so I'm going to feed them monthly and hope for the best. I think cold wind is something they particularly hate and may cause the yellowing of the leaves. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Just looked at this thread and I agree with you GG. Looks like wind damage. I've never grown jasmine up here as I would always worry about the hardiness. Maybe worth putting in something else instead trifidhouse or at least try moving this somewhere more sheltered if possible and see if it improves.image

  • On the other hand, one of mine was brought down by snow this year and obviously got very cold. It is still OK.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 11,939

    Trifid house, that looks like Trachelospermum Jasminoides or Star Jasmin. It's lovely when it gets going and a good evergreen for a sunny spot. It does need the sun and yours looks as though it has suffered a bit in the winter. They can be a bit tender if not in a sheltered spot. It also looks hungry. Have you ever given it any fertiliser?

    I have one which really suffered in the winter of 2011/12 when it went down to -17° and we had snow, but it really picked up during the summer, but I live in Dordogne so our summer was a lot warmer than yours. We had snow this winter too, several times but it wasn't so cold and the jasmin is fine.

  • trifid housetrifid house Posts: 101

    thanks for all you help. We are a bit cold up here so I think I will move it to a more sheltered position. It was planted about 3 years ago but we have had loads of snow every year. thanks Gardfening Grandma I will try some high pot ash feed it only had a bit of general type feed last year so that may perk it up.

  • p bunneyp bunney Posts: 2

    i have toddlers visiting my garden are jasmine berries poisenous

  • Mrs GMrs G Posts: 336

    Thanks Edd, I've just been given a jasmine and I have a toddler, good to know.

  • p bunneyp bunney Posts: 2

    thanks ed.ditto mrs g


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