What to cover my 3 6ft trellis panels?

(6 Posts)
Karbea Thu 27-Jun-13 14:30:49

Hello,

I've just had 3 6ft trellis panels put at the side of my house (facing SE into my back garden and obviously NW to the front garden).

I want to grow something up them, preferably something pretty, cottage garden like, that bees and or birds like.

How many plants would you plant each side?

And can anyone suggest what plants would look nice?

And can I plant them now?

Thank you!

chipmonkey Fri 28-Jun-13 01:41:47

Clematis Montana
Honeysuckle
Rambling roses
Wisteria

I am not sure about how and when to plant, I would have to google that myself!

purplewithred Sat 29-Jun-13 07:49:29

You can plant them now if you like. I would avoid wisteria on a 6' fence panel as it will outgrow it pdq; clematis montana would too but you can hack that back if you need to. Any clematis would be nice, you could have an early one and a late one so you spread the flowering. Ditto a small climbing rose - some ramblers get absolutely huge. David Austin catalogue is good for sizes and places for roses.

The clematis and some roses will do well on the south east side; the honeysuckle may be happy on the shady side and some roses will be happy there too - again check the catalogue. Sweet peas on the south side would be lovely.

Karbea Sun 30-Jun-13 07:45:14

So do you think about 5 plants would be a good amount?

CarpeVinum Sun 30-Jun-13 07:50:39

Honesuckle for the year round green.

Mixed with false jasmine for the same quality.

Then less rampant (say 3m high) clemetis in the colour preference of your choice.

And maybe something at the base that is shorter but adds colour at different points of the year. Like bulbs. Or annuals.

funnyperson Sun 30-Jun-13 09:05:24

What colours do you like? White or pastels or oranges or purples and blues? There are climbers for every shade.
I really like Clematis montana 'Marjorie' at the moment: it is vigorous and a subtle shade of pink and cream with hints of green and a pleasant scent. Montana 'Broughton star' has a very pretty deeper pink flower.
Honeysuckle smells irresistible, and comes in many colours from white through to bright orange and purple. The vigorous viticella clematis flower in late summer and come in the deeper colours. Climbing roses are lovely to have, and my favourite is the white and vigorous Alfred Carriere, which flowers in midsummer, but there are gorgeous pink climbers and deep maroon climbers, and orange climbers such as Mrs Oakley Fisher, which has a lovely orange open flower and delicious scent.
As they mature they take up space, so it is nice not to plant too many. Choose wisely.

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