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ShamrockShamrock Posts: 44
Hello everybody. I have a small garden apx. 12metresx12metres, surrounded by 3metre walls. My central heating oil tank is in the east facing corner overlooking the coast. My garden soil is eracacaeous . I would really appreciate some help please in choosing a nice evergreen climber to disguise the tank- but ivy is a no-no!


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,210

    Hi Shamrock.  Whereabouts in the country are you?  There are some lovely evergreen clematis (armandii, for example) but they're not hardy enough for my neck of the woods.

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • ShamrockShamrock Posts: 44
    Hello Liriodendron. I'm in Wexford in S.E. Ireland. I wouldn't mind another clematis. I have a Polish Spirit that I haven't done too badly with. Anything else?
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,210

    Hi again Shamrock.  What you can grow will depend on various factors like how windy your garden is, and how cold & wet it gets.  Quite a lot of evergreen wall shrubs (not climbers, but can be trained against walls) are as tough as old boots - things like Cotoneaster horizontalis, or Pyracantha - but useful in a tough situation.  Evergreen ceanothus is lovely; some are hardier than others.  Ceanothus thyrsiflorus repens is a pretty resilient one, with small dark green leaves and gorgeous blue flowers.  It needs a reasonable amount of sun though.  And there's Garrya elliptica - the variety 'James Roof' is best - a wall shrub with evergreen leaves and lovely long tassels of silvery flowers in early spring.

    If you don't get a lot of frost there's a huge choice.  Trachelospermum jasminoides (star jasmine) is a wonderfully scented scrambling/climbing evergreen if your garden is warm enough.

    Have fun choosing!  image

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,462

    I have Euonymus Emerald'n'gold scrambling up through trellis to cover one end of my oil tank. With enough support I have seen one get halfway up a house, even though they are not usually thought of as climbers.

  • ShamrockShamrock Posts: 44
    Thank you all for giving me such a lovely selection. I have to admit that I'm a bit of a google gardner and had to look up some of them! The Garrya looks fantastic.

    I'm going to have fun going around the nursery choosing. Once again, many thanks.
  • LandlubberLandlubber Posts: 396

    Eunymus Emerald sounds goodimage

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