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Perfect climber for an ignoramus

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Quattrocento Thu 18-Jun-09 23:03:21

Please would green-fingered MNers give me some ideas for the perfect climbers?

I'd like them to be hardy and fragrant and pretty.

This part of the garden is meant to be all lilac and blues. There's a dwarf stone wall (stone is honey coloured) and a fence behind this stretch.

We've taken out lots of ivy because it was very unlovely and went everywhere and choked everything else and managed to interfere with the neighbours garage roof (don't quite understand how) so I'd like something a little less rampant.

Lotster Thu 18-Jun-09 23:16:25

Jasmine takes a litle while to grow but stays all year round and is lovely.

mrsmaidamess Thu 18-Jun-09 23:18:43

Passion flower is virtually impossible to kill, spreads like billy -o and has lovely purply exotic flowers. It loves sun.

thumbwitch Thu 18-Jun-09 23:19:33

fragrant and pretty = sweet peas. But they are annuals, i.e. need to be re-sown every year. Still, if you can stand that they'll fulfil your other requirements - hope your ignoramus is happy to be covered in a climber! wink

Tinker Thu 18-Jun-09 23:20:46

Clematis? Honeysuckle? Winter jasmine?

Lotster Thu 18-Jun-09 23:24:00

Montana clematis grows like buggery. Not evergreen though.

Quattrocento Thu 18-Jun-09 23:25:46

Ooh thank you for all the suggestions, am googling now

Have found this plantfinder so can see all your suggestions

Lulubee Thu 18-Jun-09 23:27:55

I'd second honesysuckle as something that grows quickly, stays evergreen, smells divine and attracts loads of bees. But is not purple. I've got 2 different varieties growing together and it's really pretty.

Tn0g Thu 18-Jun-09 23:27:56

Honeysuckle, perhaps?

< mwah grin >

Quattrocento Thu 18-Jun-09 23:31:52

<mwah, mwah>

This is a common honeysuckle and it looks vairy nice but it says that it is only suitable for experienced gardeners. this means I am almost certain to kill it, doesn't it?

thumbwitch Thu 18-Jun-09 23:32:27

My honeysuckle is a garden-taker-over-er though - v.rampant!

Quattrocento Thu 18-Jun-09 23:32:37

Pink works with lilac and blue, doesn't it?

Tinker Thu 18-Jun-09 23:36:28

We hacked at pruned our honeysuckle last year and it's growing again. We're not gardeners, let alone experienced ones.

Clwc Thu 18-Jun-09 23:51:58

Wisteria, wisteria, and more wisteria!

It ranges from cream to blue to lilac and pinky purple, and it smells divine (in May). Also not evergreen though.

thumbwitch Thu 18-Jun-09 23:52:15

QC, see that word "vigorous" - that is gardener speak for "grows like a bastard and takes over everything in sight if you let it, needs pruning every week or so to keep it in check..." - or, as you put it, is "rampant".

Oh, yes, pink works with lilac and blue. Better than yellow would.

Pannacotta Fri 19-Jun-09 11:36:06

Honeysuckle is very vigourous and gets very tangled with lots of dead work, I dont recommend it for an easy climber.
What is most important, colour or scent?
When you want flowers, spring, early/late summer?

For lilac flowers and easy to grow I'd suggest a Solanum

For scent you can't beat Wisteria but it is far from easy as it needs careful pruning twice a year to flower well (ok if you have good gardening help).
If not there are lots of pretty clematis, some easier than others.

Another good climber which is evergreen is Trachelospermum, the flowers smell lovely and it flowers for most of the summer.

Pannacotta Fri 19-Jun-09 11:37:19

sorry, shoudl read "dead wood" not work!

thighsmadeofcheddar Fri 19-Jun-09 11:44:38

Just jumping in on the honeysuckle bandwagon. Mine is looking dreadfully ill. Kind of withered like it's been hit with weedkiller. The last two years it's been happy but I don't know what is affecting it.
Any ideas??? I love it when it's flowering.

Clwc Fri 19-Jun-09 12:37:57

Has your next door neighbour been sneaking the odd spray or two of Round Up here and there? Not everyone likes honeysuckle.

Pannacotta Fri 19-Jun-09 12:53:41

thighs it might be mildew, think its quite common for honeysuckle to be affected.
DO the leaves look a bit grey and sorry for themselves?

thighsmadeofcheddar Fri 19-Jun-09 12:58:11

It's not the neighbours so that rules out any sneaky roundup.

And Pannacotta it's not so grey, more just a very withered version of it's normal self. No new growth and only about 15% of it looking alive and healthy.

AnonForDH Fri 19-Jun-09 13:02:30


Lovely longlasting flowers (and lots of them)
Long flowering season
Pretty foliage
Also bears fruit (not sure how edible) for longer season of interest
Vigorous so needs to be kept in check but not invasive like ivy.

Pannacotta Fri 19-Jun-09 15:33:16

I'd guess it is mildew as it is pretty common with honeysuckle, esp if the ground is dry where its planted.
Havde a look here

Quattrocento Fri 19-Jun-09 22:38:27

Thanks to all - really, thanks lots.

We need a few climbers so I thought I'd try them all! Well definitely the honeysuckle, the chilean potato thingy (for the name as much as anything) try some jasmine, the passionflower and a clematis. The gardening link seems to suggest they pretty well all go together. I've got some lavender and some daphnes in front.

Okay so now where do I get these climbers? Because the chances are if I go to the garden centre they won't have any of these lovely things and I will have to buy something because I've made the trip and will buy entirely the wrong thing. Do some companies sell plants online? S'pose they must.

<starts googling again>

thumbwitch Fri 19-Jun-09 23:37:47

could you perhaps <sucks in breath> phone the garden centre before you go? They tend to be a bit seasonal about what they have in stock, and only have in the stuff that should be being planted at this time... Clematis are usually in stock in vast quantities early in the year but less so now, I think (I haven't been this year) - not sure about the other stuff.

Found this rather gorgeous pink honeysuckle that seems pretty easy to grow - see if they have one of those.

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