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What To Train Up Obelisk ?

I have an obelisk (approx 6ft high) as was considering training a Clematis (Carnaby)against it but I was wondering what else would be suitable to plant with it in order to have something in flower when the Clematis has finished.



  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    A small climbing or rambling rose, honeysuckle, canary creeper (annual and yellow but still...), lobata, sweet peas, runner beans - not a joke, they are very pretty in flower, were introduced as a flowering plant - then you get good grub afterwards. 

  • dannyboy10dannyboy10 Posts: 127

    why not look at avalance which is a white clematis and evergreen.

    seen some in bq and they look great,but at £30.00 a bit expensive.

  • MahwahMahwah Posts: 14

    I have recently planted a honeysuckle called 'Dropmore Scarlet' on a post which is part of my pergola. I did my homework on this plant, and as far as I know, it will flower until autumn (the red exotic-looking flowers are plentiful now).  It's evergreen, too.  But I think it's a vigorous climber and could be too much for your obelisk.  I agree with Bookertoo on all she came up with!

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,580

    You could stick to clematis, because different ones flower at different times. Morning Glory flowers to the frosts. Here's a good site about clematis.

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  • Definitely not a rambling rose.  You'd need a tree for that. Rose plus late-flowering clematis would be a pretty combo.  Late flowering clematis also has the advantage of being cut down Jan/Feb so no problem  of taking over.

  • A Clematis Flamulia is lovely and the perfume is very delicate, also I like Morning Glory with different vibrant coloured flowers coming out every day.

  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 879

    Thankyou for your replies. I was considering another Clematis but wasn't sure which ones flowered later but thanks to your replies I will look into Morning Glory and peruse the recommended website.

  • MahwahMahwah Posts: 14

    Just a PS - I'm just wondering how you would prune two clematis on the same support; it might be difficult to see which was which, as the leaves would be similar.   


  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,190

    You could look at the David Austen New English Roses. Some of those make very good short climbers (up to about 6 - 8 ft) (I like Gertrude Jekyll). They are known for their attractive form, repeat flowering and many have very good scent.

    I agree with Mahwah that trying to prune 2 clematis on the same support could be difficult unless they flower / need pruning at the same time (which kind of defeats the object...)

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • MeomyeMeomye Posts: 879

    Thankyou Mahwah and Topbird for drawing to my attention to the matter of pruning the two Clematis, I agree with you this could be a problem!  I have looked at the D.A rose Topbird suggested but I would preferably like a red one, if anyone can suggest one that might not grow too tall for my obelisk. Thanks 

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