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Suitable climbers for a partially shaded area that I can grow from seed?

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Chocolateandabook2019 Wed 20-Mar-19 09:07:10

Please can anybody help? I have been growing Ipomoea to grow up my 5ft fence the last couple of years and have only just realised they are poisonous. As a couple who are looking at adopting a rescue dog soon, I have had to veto them, obviously.

It’s a shame as they are beautiful climbers, but I’m looking for a replacement climber that I can grow from seed. Something relatively easy. And not poisonous.

The area gets some sun in the morning but turns in to dappled shade, then full shade by the end of the day. The sun goes from left to right when I am facing the back garden, if that helps?

Any ideas would be welcome xxx

peridito Thu 21-Mar-19 09:00:59

I'm not knowledgeable but sort of as a bump - black eyed susan ???

HerSymphonyAndSong Thu 21-Mar-19 09:03:46

Sweet peas? They like sun but also don’t like to be too hot. I have grown them in similar conditions and they are fine

HerSymphonyAndSong Thu 21-Mar-19 09:04:45

Hmm quick google suggests they might be toxic though, sorry

Laterthanyouthink Thu 21-Mar-19 09:05:08

Hydrangea petiolaris is lovely but not an annual so it would be permanently there and evergreen with masses of white flowers in spring/summer.

sackrifice Thu 21-Mar-19 09:06:36

I grow runner beans and tomatoes on a 5ft south facing wall.

BotherationBuggeration Thu 21-Mar-19 09:11:29

Why does it need to grow from seed? Something like honeysuckle would grow well, and plants are available from Aldi, Willis, etc for 2 or 3 quid.

BotherationBuggeration Thu 21-Mar-19 09:11:44


florentina1 Thu 21-Mar-19 09:20:52

Climbing Nasturtium grow anywhere and you get an added bonus of edible flowers and leaves. If you are planning to grow sweet peas up a north facing wall you will need to either buy plug plants or get the seeds established inside first.

I get something like a 2 litre ice cream tub and put an inch of good quality compost in the bottom. Then stand loo roll middles in it and three quarter fill with compost. Put one or two sweet pea seeds in each one. Once they grow put in a thin cane and support. Once they have reached about 3 inches put the tub outside to harden off and plant in May. Try to warm the soil up with plastic covering or a mulch before you plant them out. I find that sweet peas on a north wall need a lot of help, so I snip of the tendrils and tie them to stakes or trellis. This allows them to put their energy into producing flowers. The more flowers you cut, the more you will get. At the end of the season let them seed so that you have a crop for next year. They won’t necessarily come back to the same colour though.

ThePittts Thu 21-Mar-19 09:28:38

How about passion flower, grows quickly and self seeds

Chocolateandabook2019 Fri 22-Mar-19 08:55:48

@BotherationBuggeration, I love the satisfaction of growing something myself from the beginning, though I’m not averse to buying small plants to grow on.🙂

I like the sound of the hydrangea @Laterthanyouthink. 🙂
I’ll also look at the Passion flower too @ThePittts.

Last year I tried clematis to grow alongside the Ipomoea and the Ipomoea strangled it. 😕

TheRhythmlessMan Fri 22-Mar-19 10:52:33

Are all ipomoeas poisonous? Is it the whole plant (sometimes it's just the roots, for example, like Aconitums). I have a baby so curious. I love the Spanish flag one.

There was a feature on Gardeners World last week on growing climbers from seed. Maybe check it out in iplayer.

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