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seacrowsseacrows Posts: 234

Just 'accidentally' purchased three climbers from Aldi, and am now looking at the lack of useful planting info on the labels image. (Nearly bought a Solanum, which is apparently a real thug, whew). The labels say Jasmine Beesianum, Jasmine Stephanense and Lathyrus Latifolius.

Are any of these OK for a north facing wall, or possibly a fairly large pot on a sheltered (but still north facing) patio? Other possibilities would be growing though an established Buddleia, or competing for space with a rambling pink rose. I was wondering about putting the pea near the wall used for peas/beans to encourage pollinators, but is it in flower at the right time?


  • The two Jasmines need full sun and the stephanense will need a sheltered spot like a southfacing wall as they are not completely hardy, I don't know about the hardiness of the beesianum but they will both need a lot of space. Lathyrus latifolius will grow in partial sun but is a vigorous grower too, lovely though. 

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Hi seacrows, I have a beesianum growing up a 6ft trellis on a NW facing house wall. It can really scramble up high when it gets going.

    I initially just let it climb and climb but it got too top heavy and pulled half the trellis down.

    Now I chop it back with shears in the Autumn to stop it getting out of control.

  • Kitty 2Kitty 2 Posts: 5,150

    Just googled lathyrus latifolius and seems I've got that too (everlasting sweet pea as I call it). I grow mine through a kerria shrub which has golden yellow pom pom flowers in spring, the sweet peas flower in the summer. They're not as showy as the annual ones but very pretty with a lovely scent.

  • seacrowsseacrows Posts: 234

    Ummm. So if the stephanese needs sunny warmth and a little winter sheltering, it had better go in the large pot which I can move around the patio and into an outhouse in winter. Being in a pot should slow its growth down a little too. Must look out for an appropriate obelisk (maybe at Malvern next weekend).

    If the beesianum likes to go up it can go on the other side of the garage to the clematis montana and compete for the garage roof. The first 6ft will be well sheltered by a pyracantha we hack back to a 6ft cube a few times a year. Technically a south facing wall, but shaded by the house so morning and evening Sun only, although by the height of the garage roof it will get more Sun than anywhere else.

    That leaves the everlasting pea, which I'm thinking might suit the buddleia. Sun after midday, slightly dry soil. Pruning in Autumn back to about 4ft (to keep buddleia flowers at sniff height). 

    OK. Comments and criticisms please. What did I miss? Oh yes, soil is heavy clay, handful of rocks at bottom of planting hole comes as standard, as does planting mix of sand, soil and compost in about equal parts.

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