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Climber for shady fence

Mark131Mark131 Posts: 1


I have a bare north-facing fence in my garden that gets almost no sunshine at all. I would like to cheer it up with a climber and have been looking for something that will grow well in shade. I've done some research and Schizophragma Hydrangeoides 'Moonlight' looks like a good option. Does anyone either have experience with this plant or can suggest a shade-loving alternative?

Many thanks,



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,772

    Hi Mark. Thats a lovely choice but the ordinary climbing Hydrangea is what I have on my north facing wall and it is beautifull too.

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,220

    How high and wide is your fence ?

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • I also have a shallow bed alongside a fence overshadowed by two large trees.  Looking for similar suggestions to Mark! 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,895

    Loads of clematis are happier with shade than full sun. Give them the right soil conditions and they'll be happy. Check out one of the specialist growers for suggestions - ie Taylor's, Evison's or Thorncroft etc.

    I think the Hydrangea petiolaris is stunning, but best suited to walls rather than fences.

    Craig - your conditions are not so easy as the nearby tree roots will be a big factor in getting something established.  

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