Fast growing, shade loving climber.
Suzi888 · 24/06/2022 14:34
Any suggestions for two types of preferably fast growing evergreen climber, that loves partial/full shade.
Also a variety that loves full shade and damp conditions.
Preferably not Ivy! If it flowers- bonus!
My mum’s neighbour has something growing up against her fence, but we don’t know what it is. I’ll try and post a photo if I am able….
Thank you in advance!
Confirmingmyusername · 24/06/2022 14:35
Suzi888 · 24/06/2022 14:44
Thank you. The only thing with clematis is they go brown and a bit scraggy looking in winter, they’re also quite delicate? think they may get blown about a bit, our back garden is quite exposed to harsh winds.
Needs to spread across around 20 meters length of fencing too.
LadyGardenersQuestionTime · 24/06/2022 14:56
You could try climbing hydrangea, although it does take a while to get going and it's a clinger so may not like the fence that much. Virginia creeper is good, although it will eventually romp away and isn't evergreen. I wouldn't recommend Russian vine unless you want to be completely overtaken.
TheSpottedZebra · 24/06/2022 15:00
Star jasmine for the partial shade one. It grows relatively quickly: it's not a thug. But it is quite cheap so you could probably find a big one and cossett it a bit to give it a good start. Other than that it is very low maintenance.
Suzi888 · 24/06/2022 17:12
Thank you for the suggestions all, I’ll have a Google.
ifIwerenotanandroid · 24/06/2022 17:33
In my fairly shady garden:
Vitis cogentiae - took a while but chucks out lots of branches & dinner-plate sized leaves
Wild honeysuckle - but if it grows over other things it smothers them. Easy to propagate. White/yellow flowers & lovely scent. Other, more genteel honeysuckles die as soon as the earth hit their roots.
Clematis montana - goes like a rocket, very hardy
Passion flower - grew nicely from a neighbour's cuttings but DH hates it & surreptitiously cuts it out. Has flowers & other people get it to fruit too.
Something like a Virginia creeper but with very pretty small, dark green & silver leaves
Can't remember which are evergreen.
ifIwerenotanandroid · 24/06/2022 17:34
brambleberries · 25/06/2022 05:41
Winter jasmine can be trained as a climber - not evergreen but a mass of small yellow flowers through the winter.
Blogdog · 25/06/2022 13:03
Another vote for star jasmine for a partially-shaded area. I have a few in my garden and the only one that’s thriving spends several hours in shade. The scent is amazing also.
70isaLimitNotaTarget · 25/06/2022 21:56
Passionflower - I got one last year , about £25 - it's kept its lraves over winter and now loads of flowers (but no fruit yet)
Clematis was lovely when I bought it , but has done a very good impression of a totally pathetic weed since . Theres a few green stems so I'm biding my time
kumquattish · 25/06/2022 22:10
Sorry to jump on this thread, but I had a similar question to the OP. I've checked out star jasmine and crocus says it needs full sun. Will it thrive or survive in partial shade? I'm looking for a climber for a fence/trellis in an area that doesn't get too much sun.
brighteyesburninglikefire · 25/06/2022 22:53
I think star jasmine does like a little shade. I had one in full son and it struggled. I planted a rose in front of it, and it has put on a lot of growth.
kumquattish · 25/06/2022 23:03
Excellent! And is it sufficiently hardy to survive winter? Again crocus says needs frost protection...
Beebumble2 · 26/06/2022 10:01
I have two star Jasmine, one facing East, the other West so both have shade at some point in the day. They are both in planters and survive the Midlands winters. I might protect the planters with bubble wrap if severely cold weather was forecast, but there’s been no need to, so far.
Babdoc · 26/06/2022 10:04
Climbing hydrangias love damp shade. They are not particularly fast growing, but you could perhaps hide the fence with tall foxgloves (also shade loving) while they are getting established.
Pinkywoo · 26/06/2022 14:41
Evergreen Japanese honeysuckle (lonicera japonica) will grow in shade, it's a bit of a thug but if you want to cover a 20m fence it'll do the job (and the bees love it).
BewareTheBeardedDragon · 26/06/2022 15:03
Second honeysuckle - not sure which type I have but it thrives in shade and sun alike and flowers in the shade.
I have a star jasmine in the shade which is not very vigorous, but it's in a container which may be a problem.
I have a Generous Gardener rose in the shade which is doing well and climbs to over 3m I think (mine is young still)
Suzi888 · 26/06/2022 17:54
Thanks all. Some good ideas, barrows things down a bit. It’s a place which never gets the sun at all and is quite damp, that’s my only concern. Nothing growing at the moment, not even weeds!
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