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Climbing plant help!

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beanhead24 Mon 30-May-16 22:08:19

I need something completely rampant that will grow up & cover a brick wall & some wooden trellis ASAP, hardy, evergreen, can survive in poor soil.

Pref not ivy as that can apparently wreck brickwork?

Any ideas? I am not a gardener AT ALL!!

Thank you!

alicemalice Mon 30-May-16 22:12:26

I recommend this one - grows incredibly quickly! It kept its leaves all last winter.

traviata Mon 30-May-16 22:45:57

just came on to say the same but the purple version;

TuttiFrutti Tue 31-May-16 15:16:01

I would recommend climbing hydrangea, otherwise known as hydrangea petiolaris.

We have one on a north-facing wall, where nothing else would really grow. It looks after itself, is a mass of bright green in the summer with beautiful white lace-like flowers.

The only downside is keeping it back. We have to give it a brutal trim every autumn. It is very fast-growing.

shovetheholly Tue 31-May-16 15:29:17

Why the need for speed? I ask because if you wanted to conceal an ugly-as-sin wall to sell a house fast, then I'd recommend something like Virginia creeper (the really antisocial choice would be Russian Vine).

If it's something you want to keep for a longer time, however, I'd say: think about getting a couple of things, possibly an evergreen for winter interest and a flowering one for the summer. You can even get fruiting ones (the hardy kiwi). What works depends a lot on the aspect you have - a wisteria or rose will look splendid on a south-facing wall but may struggle in shade on a north-facing wall.

amysmummy12345 Tue 31-May-16 15:31:54

Mile a minute clematis? X

amysmummy12345 Tue 31-May-16 15:33:57

alicemalice Tue 31-May-16 16:13:53

Love the look of those clematis Amysmummy. Does that mean they'll stay green over the winter?

amysmummy12345 Tue 31-May-16 16:20:44

I'm not too sure, I've seen them in a few friends and relatives gardens and they look lovely when flowering...

fiorentina Tue 31-May-16 16:42:34

I have planted trachleospernum jasminoides and they've grown fast, are largely evergreen and scented. I love them. I also have Climbing hydrangea and jasmine officiale also grows fast but isn't evergreen. You can always grow in a large pot if soil is awful as long as you feed well?

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