Climbers

Can anyone suggest an easy care flowering climber for a partially shady spot - to be grown in a container.  I have a rather bare concrete shed that I would like to cover - I would really like something fast growing and am a bit nervous about pruning - so something that needs little care would be ideal.  Any help would be appreciated.

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  • Bunny ...Bunny ... Posts: 3,455
    Wish I knew, I shall be interested to hear advice image
  • what I want is a 30 inch waist but I dont want to have to diet or excersize, I would like the earth tilted on its axis slightly so Englands weather is more like south of France and warm up those poor Scots. image

     

  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Carol Mc - have a look at this site: http://www.hintsandthings.co.uk/garden/climbers.htm

     

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 44,414

    Some good ideas on that website, but please don't plant Russian Vine!  You'll regret it and so will your neighbours! image

    Does it have to be in a container?  Plants in containers need much more care than those planted in the ground - copious watering for a start, not to mention being careful not to overwater - and then there's feeding, whilst being careful not to over-feed.  Isn't there a chance that you could prepare a reasonable sized planting hole? 

    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt ... Margaret Atwood
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,205

    You could try a clematis montana, but it will have to be a big pot without much sun shining on the pot itself. Put crocks in the bottom then good earth then compost. It will need a lot of watering as it is quite vigorous.

  • montana is the one, there's a few diff varieties, probably putting this in a pot is quite wise as you should be able to control the size it will grow by doing this. It is called 'mile a minute' for a reason, but is ideal for quickly covering fences and sheds/walls. Try Clematis Tangutica as well, if you google these then select images you'll get an idea of what's about. Good Luck.

  • I'm thinking montana or montana alba, both would be better in the ground rather than a pot as its roots need cool & damp and containers tend to be dry & warm.

    Virginnia creeper has attractive foliage with lovely autum colors, but may be a bit too vigorous & need regular cutting back,

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,391

    I've never grown these large climbers in pots but it seems to me that although a pot might restrict the size of the plant, the roots will soon fill the pot and need that endless watering that happens when a pot is full of roots. 

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 44,414
    nutcutlet wrote (see)

    I've never grown these large climbers in pots but it seems to me that although a pot might restrict the size of the plant, the roots will soon fill the pot and need that endless watering that happens when a pot is full of roots. 

    Yes, the pot will restrict the size of the plant, but unless it is regularly fed  and repotted and properly watered it will look stunted and pathetic, not the lush beauty that it could be.  Growing plants in pots, particularly large plants/shrubs, takes more gardening skill than growing them in the open ground.

    In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt ... Margaret Atwood
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 24,391

    I have pots but the contents only stay there for a season then they go it the garden or are discarded if annual. It maintains a freshness that would be difficult with long term plantings. 

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