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Any ideas as to what I can do to make this wall look nice?

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nikki1978 Tue 30-Jun-15 21:20:41

So we have done loads of work to the garden which was a mess of horrible concrete rockeries and bamboo. We now have flower beds and a nice lawn and have a limestone patio being laid next week. But down one side we have this brick wall which belongs to the neighbours so we can't knock it down and they are redoing their house and garden so will take at least a year to get around to doing anything with it.

So I want to make it look pretty - any ideas? The black pipes hanging down will not be there soon so try and ignore those!

Thanks smile

echt Tue 30-Jun-15 22:30:14

Ask them if it's OK for you to paint it. Paint the rendered bits, leaving the brickwork exposed. Be bold. If you go for blue, make sure it has red tones in it, UK skies will make it glow.

craftysewer Tue 30-Jun-15 23:30:35

If it was me I would be painting it and then putting a border in front of it. Depending on funds available, I would work towards putting in plants that stay in all year or you could attach trellis to the walls and grow a clematis montana which spreads like mad and looks stunning when it flowers.

Applesauce29 Wed 01-Jul-15 10:10:36

Definitely paint the wall and add trellis. I'd go for climbing roses, jasmine and clematis. Add some bamboo for quick screening too! You could also drill some hanging pots in place near the top, or put some hanging over the top if that would work, and add trailing plants like lobelia.

aircooled Wed 01-Jul-15 10:38:36

I would dig a wide border and put in freestanding mostly evergreen shrubs to screen it, rather than climbers. Add some clematis (particularly viticella types) and honeysuckle to scramble through the shrubs for extra interest.

bowsaw Wed 01-Jul-15 15:37:08

Espalier fruit trees and vines along the wall to make the most of its warmth, i dont think the stone walls that bad, the mish-mash of different wooden fences is more distracting, a trellis on the wall close to the top to blend them in would be easy enough to do

shovetheholly Wed 01-Jul-15 16:34:47

I think it could be quite a feature. As aircooled said, I'd put a curving bed in front with bigger shrubs and some perennials, and then grow some climbers up wires behind if you have any space where you can still see wall. What way does it face? You've got a lovely big canvas, so you could have some of the bigger ones - a rambling rose, for instance.

I wouldn't paint it if you're putting a bed in front or climbers across it - it'll go tatty and then be impossible to sort out.

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