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I think they'd be ideal Jo. Anything tough and evergreen would do the job, but shrubs with berries would be best. Cotoneaster would be fine there. Keeping enough moisture there might be the biggest issue, but I had a sycamore round the corner and had plenty of stuff under it. The high rainfall helped, so you should be ok too! image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,830

    I'd go with Hydrangea petiolaris - just make sure that it keeps within the boundaries of the wall so that it doesn't invade any guttering etc.  I've always found that small birds love hiding in it's branches and inspecting the flaky bark for insects.  I've also known robins to nest in an established one year after year. 

    When it loses it's leaves in the winter, you get a wonderful tracery of reddish stems.

    It won't need trellis but will attach itself to the wall but won't damage it.  Hopefully your neighbour will be ok with that.  image

    If not, I'd go with pyracantha image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,830

    Never seen H. petiolaris climbing a tree ....... no idea if it would work image

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

    Petiolaris will cling to a tree. Nice one at Beth Chatto's garden. Less nice one in my garden, it doesn't like the soil it's in

    Cotoneasters are some of the easiest shrubs to pleaseimage

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,238

    Could you hang anything from the sycamore branches, maypole style, and grow things up and into the tree? Clematis montana maybe?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,091

    It's not a twiner in my experience Verdun. Maybe I've been luckyimage

    Lovely picture of it in BC's 'Woodland Garden' book. In winterimage looks great

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 16,238

    I shot an arrow in the air......?image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • GWRSGWRS Posts: 7,045

    Hello , at the side of next doors garage wall I have 2 honey suckles growing , infact they both now need a major prune 

    also what about painting it ? one of my nieces once painted a garden mural on a wall , looked really nice and no pruning !

    what ever you decided best of luck image

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