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Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145

Looking for inspiration from you kind folks please. See pic


The above is a small patio area which pretty much faces south-west however to the right of the pic (southerly direction) we have a high bank plus 6' fencing and some small trees so sunlight is a little restricted. I'd like to replace the rambling rose in the corner which is always troublesome in several respects.

Any ideas of something, preferably evergreen? A climber is not essential but would like some height to cover the corner and maybe the Sky cables. 

Many thanks 


  • Trachelospermum jasminoides?  Nice and sheltered for it. 


  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145

    Thanks HC. I've got one TJ already in similar conditions in another part of the garden. It's doing really well but I'll look at something else for variety I think. 

    Thanks V, I'll take a look at that. 

  • Iona3Iona3 Posts: 27

    Californian lilac, Ceanothus Skylark - lovely evergreen plant with blue/lilac buds, flowers May/June.

  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145

    Thanks for the additional recommendations. 

    aym280 I love Acers but I think this space is probably too small and ideally looking for an evergreen

    Iona3 I've already got two Ceanothus in the garden and one in the opposite corner in question (just out of shot from where I took the pic) but otherwise this would have been a candidate.

    Does anyone have any thoughts / experience of Araujia sericifera cruel plant? I came across this whilst using the RHS selector tool. Worth consideration?

    Thanks again

  • Iona3Iona3 Posts: 27

    Just looked it up, looks very exotic which would suit our recently barmy nights.

    There's a lovely looking jasmine called 'Clotted Cream', hardy perennial climber - heavenly scented creamy flowers.

  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145

    I've decided to go with the Trachelospermum jasminoides (thanks HC). Although I already have one it is in a different part of the garden and isolated from this so not too worried about duplicity.

    Anyway, my question is when would be a good time to plant?

  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145

    I looked around some Garden Centre / nurseries at the weekend to get an idea on availability of TJ and I was surprised at the price but think I have found one although it's more than I wanted to pay so want to make sure I'm giving it the best chance which leads me to my question....

    In the same bed you can see I have Pieris, Heathers and Rhody (as well as Euonymus?) which when planted had ericaceous compost added to the area and I have supplemented this with slow release ericaceous fertilizer in the past. Is this environment going to be ok for the TJ?

    Secondly, when would a good time be to plant the Jasmine?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,107

    If you've already got one, you don't need to buy another 

    save your money and use it to improve the soil in that area so that your new plant gets off to a flying start


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

  • Dave HumbyDave Humby Posts: 1,145

    Thanks folks. I'll look into that. The current one I have is very healthy so could well be an option.

    Do you think it will do OK in the bed wrt the ericaceous compost and fertiliser used on the adjacent plants? 

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