We live in a semi and, last year, my next door neighbour built a 3m long extension along the party wall line. In doing so, she had to take down the partition fence, and our beautiful mature clematis went with it.
So, instead of glorious white flowers and greenery throughout the rest of the growing season, we have a brand new brick wall instead. Lovely.
As part of the party wall agreement, we were given compensation for losing our plants. I really want to cover the new wall and the neighbour has given us permission to do this. So, gardening gurus, may I ask a couple of questions?
The wall on our side faces east in a south facing garden. When the sun does shine, the garden is very sunny indeed. Apart from clematis, what else would grow well in this position? Ideally, I'd like something flowering, but I am open to suggestions.
How do I prepare the plot? We've been left with a 'bed' at the base of the wall which is just a foot wide at its widest point (it tapers slightly). We cannot make it wider, as we have a concrete patio just in front of the area. Would this be big enough for a clematis? There will be foundations / footings in the area now too - do I have to consider depth of soil too?
The soil is pretty poor in this area as it's now churned up with debris left from the building works. Apart from digging out all the stones etc, how else can I improve it?
Is there anything else I need to consider?
Apologies if these are really basic questions - I'm a total gardening novice as you can probably tell! Any advice most welcome and will probably stop me from weeping over my lost clematis.
A tip re trellis (learned the hard way!) Screw or nail some small bits of wood onto the back of it, so that it stands proud of the wall (if that's where you're going to fix it). Or mount it on battens. Otherwise, you'll have a bugger of a job tying any plants to it (as it'll be flush with the wall).
Indeed. Imagine my chagrin when, after much time painting trellis blue (it was in the days of Ground Force, in my defence), carefully drilling holes into the wall, making sure I had the right size rawlplugs (I am not a DIY goddess), carefully measuring and predrilling my trellis, and then screwing it to the wall, I found it was utterly fucking useless as a plant support .
Ooh, I'd forgotten Solanum. I've got the purple one - hardier than the white variety, if that kind of thing's a concern.
Another climber to consider is the golden hop, Humulus lupulus aureus. Trouble is, it can be a thug. I want to get rid of mine as it's spreading like measles. One for a big container I think, rather than open ground!