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hello im looking for opinons on what climber i can grow on the side of my house?

its north-east facing so only a little morning sun and the soil is very well draining so probably classed as dry shade. Id like an evergreen climber that flowers nicely at some point in the year. Does anything like this exist? 

Thank you for your time


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,557

    There are some lovely evergreen clematis that would be happy there - some with very scented flowers.

    It would help if you could improve the soil by adding some sort of compost to hold more water and make life easier for whatever you plant there.

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  • Ok thanks, i can add/replace as much or as little of the soil as i need as im going to empty the bed  and then replant

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,557

    I had a clematis flammula yrs ago it was lovely with a really good scent.
    My neighbour has a huge clematis armandii covering a pergola which looks good too, and also scented.

    There are plenty of other options too apart from clematis, and I'm sure you'll get many more suggestions here soon

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  • Dry shade is not the best start for any climber, but improving the soil, as said, will help immensely. Hydrangea seemanii, not spectacular, but evergreen and with attractive satiny leaves, flowers like h. petiolaris, quietly white. As mentioned above, some clematis will do in less than sunny spots, but they are greedy feeders, so a good start with fresh compost, will be required.


  • I would go for one plant above all others--I love it. Pileostegia viburnioides. The description doesn't convey how really fabulous it is. Hydrangea seemanii is amazing but gets frostbite and takes years to recover. Evergreen clematis are mostly rather scrappy through the year, best through a shrub. But Pileostegia seems to have no faults. And it's never overwhelming.

  • Thank you for your ideas, I like both the clematis and the hydrangea. Are clematis evergreen and ok in shade? 

    The hydrangea says that its a slow growing climber? How slow is slow growing!!? Will it take years to cover the side of the house? 

  • I like the thought of the hydrangeas but they are self clinging via aerial roots. As im growing this up against the side of the house im worried this will cause damage or be difficult to remove if needs be (like ivy) will this be the case? 

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