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climber for shady fence?

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Cosmosis Mon 06-Jul-09 14:10:07

As above, any recommendations for a climbing plant to grow up a reasonably shady fence? It does get some sun, but probably more shade than sun really.

PlasticQueen Mon 06-Jul-09 14:14:30

Climbing hydrangea.

Cosmosis Mon 06-Jul-09 14:46:19

thanks plasticqueen, will have a look at one of those.

Bettymum Tue 07-Jul-09 11:54:34

I was going to suggest the same thing. You could also try a golden hop - they aren't so golden in the shade, more green, but they will grow.

Cosmosis Tue 07-Jul-09 12:17:12

Thanks bettymum, funnily enough I was looking at a golden hop yesterday as well.

freya555 Tue 07-Jul-09 12:46:54

Varigated ivy looks good in shade - if you like ivy that is - some dont !advantage is all round cover but then im an ivy addict!

fufflebum Tue 07-Jul-09 12:54:21

we have a pyracanthus (apologies if spelling incorrect). It is not a climber as such by looks good, despite sharp thorns and has berries and flowers etc at different times of the year. We have had them in a similar sun/shade situation as no problems....

neversaydie Tue 07-Jul-09 22:21:30

If you like clematis, there is one called Nellie Moser which does well in shade. Big pink flowers with a white stripe up the middle.

PrettyCandles Tue 07-Jul-09 22:27:41

I'm having good results with a solanum crispum glasvenin (Potato Vine) in a similar spot. It can be grown either as a climber (in whcih case it needs support) or a shrub, and tolerates quite a lot of abuse. I haven't pruned mine yet, it's only just over 1y old and it's already near the top of the fence, but others I've seen have been hacked back every year or two and grown thick and lush.

LyraSilvertongue Tue 07-Jul-09 22:29:25

We got clematis and honeysuckle for our mostly shady fence. The labels at the garden centre told us which varieties like shade and which don't.

fishie Tue 07-Jul-09 22:33:29

chinese virginia creeper. it is not invasive and very pretty.

passion flower

Cosmosis Wed 08-Jul-09 09:51:26

thanks for all the advice, loads to look at there.

Bettymum Wed 08-Jul-09 15:53:04

I have the chinese Virginia creeper on the front of the house, it hasn't been in long but it's growing well.
A house just down the road has one at the side, basically growing in a shady alley. If it'll grow there it must grow anywhere! And yes it is very pretty.
Have you seen the crocus website?

Cosmosis Fri 10-Jul-09 11:09:57

Bettymum, I have just discovered the crocus website and have spent a long time on there in the last day or so! It's great grin

JetLi Fri 10-Jul-09 11:19:30

In my shady garden I have lots of success with passion flowers plus they're evergreen.

LuluSkipToMyLou Fri 10-Jul-09 11:38:51

+1 to passion flowers, I'm always having to hack mine back it does so well!

Bettymum Fri 10-Jul-09 16:20:29

Cosmosis grin
Re passion flowers, we had one at our old house that devoured the garage. DH's old neighbours had one scrambling up the conifer hedge at the bottom of their garden, which was pretty shady. The thing was ENORMOUS!

GrimmaTheNome Fri 10-Jul-09 16:27:28

Our pyracanthus grew far too well and was a real bugger to get rid of... good if you want a natural alternative to barbed wire!

Clematis montana good for spring.

Cosmosis Fri 10-Jul-09 16:43:50

I had assumed passion flowers would want loads of sun. Now you've all offered me so many suggestsions I don't know what to go for grin

GrimmaTheNome Fri 10-Jul-09 16:47:18

so grow something more solid first and then send the more delicate things like clematis scrambling up after!

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