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Need a climber for a pergola in full shade, ideally fragrant! Any ideas?

M FM F Posts: 10

We have a pergola that stands in between two walls so there is absolutely no sun there- I would like to plant a climber to cover it that can

a) live in a pot ( no soil there)

b) can handle full shade

c) is evergreen

d) ideally with fragrant flowers

i had sausage vine in mind but read it on,y produces flowers when it gets some sun. Te other option I can think of is climbing hydrangea. I don't like ivy particularly as for me they always look like weeds. Does anyone maybe have some other recommendations? Thank you!


  • Hi, MF. Here's a link that might help.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,846

    I have Lonicera 'Graham Thomas' in complete shade. It wasn't in shade when I put it there but you know how things grow, in this case a purple hazel. It still flowers. 

  • M FM F Posts: 10

    @nutcutlet but isnt that more dappled shade? 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,846

    Barely MF. The hazel is about 12 foot tall and has been expanding for years, To the south are a couple of ashes. It's not in the best place. Not evergreen either. 

  • auntie bettyauntie betty Posts: 208

    If you can find an evergreen climber that smells gorgeous, and grows in the dark out of a pot of dried-out dust you'll be as rich as Croesus. I would think your best bet might be ivy (not the 'weedy' one tho! - google hedera 'clotted cream' or 'buttercup' and see what I mean) with one of the smaller, more shade-tolerant honeysuckles thru it. Neither should mind life in a pot (so long as its decent sized - square ones are good) and the honeysuckle will be somewhat restrained by the ivy. If it flowers, you'll get your scent, if it doesn't, whip it out and you've still got the pretty ivy established in the meantime while you think about what to try next.

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