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Climbers to cover dead lylandii


Before we moved to our house, the previous occupants cut back a neighbours overhanging lylandii too vigorously, so we now look at basically ugly, dead wood to about 6m (by the way I have no problem with the actual trees as they provide a good screen between us and the neighbour).

Any suggestions for vigorous evergreen climbers (south facing) that would ramble up through the trees and cover the ugly dead wood?

Thank you! P.



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,446

    6m high, I would want it down.

    I think anything planted at the base would suffer because of dryness. Large leylandii will impoverish the soil beneath.


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,744

    Russian vine. Not evergreen but quick to cover them up while you wait for something slower and prettier to come along. Clematis montana - not evergreen either but a wonderful sight when in full bloom.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • YviestevieYviestevie Posts: 7,063

    I have jasmine and montana rubens growing through leylandii at the bottom of my garden.  I have also planted Vitis Coignettiae for autumn colour.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,006

    When I travel into the city on a bus I pass a Leylandii boundary hedge which is covered on the 'garden side' by a grape vine of some sort - every summer the grapevine comes over the top of the Leylandii which is some 30ft long and 12ft tall and hangs over  draping the hedge down to the pavement.   It is cut back in the winter, but as I only see the road side of the hedge I don't know how hard it's cut back.  I've no idea what sort of grapevine it is or how many plants there are - not a Vitis cognitae , but what I can see of it is pretty spectacular. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,506

    If they are the neighbour's trees, have you got their permission to grow something up them? You don't want them complaining that whatever you plant is killing their trees, or having a hack at it from their side. Ask them round for a coffee, show them the problem, then gauge their response. Given the height of the trees you would be within your rights to ask to have them taken down. They might suggest this themselves, then you could both have nicer gardensimage You wouldn't need such high screening if it's just for a bit of privacy and there are loads more attractive things for both of you to plant.

  • Some great pointers everyone, thank you. I don't actually want the trees down as they stop us and our neighbours peering into each other's bedrooms! Our neighbours are good as they top the trees quite vigorously every two years. They do dry out the garden though, so I may build the beds up as suggested. Thanks again.

  • Ivy will grow quickly and cover unsightly tree remains, without any special conditions or much encouragement. 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,006
    hollie hock wrote (see)

    How about some Honeysuckle? I am on the right side of a boundary with huge confier type things, doesn't block my light and I've noticed a wild type of Honeysuckle in amongst them. Been working out how to take cuttings from it

    layer a long strand into a container of damp soil, plonk a brick on it and leave - in 6 months you'll have a rooted plant. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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