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self supporting climber - to support twining climber?


 
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:00 pm    Post subject: self supporting climber - to support twining climber? Reply with quote

a friend has a bit of bare wall she wants to cover - one thing i was thinking was growing ivy or similar up it, and planting a climber (like clematis?) which would twine its way around the ivy - is this possible?
it's a garden wall, block and cement, so stability isn't an issue, but i imagine the length of time it'd take the ivy to reach the point where clematis could go through it is?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:54 am    Post subject: Re: self supporting climber - to support twining climber? Reply with quote

medieval knievel wrote:
i imagine the length of time it'd take the ivy to reach the point where clematis could go through it is?


Yeah the clematis depending on the variety would be at the top of the wall before the ivy even gripped on. You could still plant your ivy for evergreen coverage and also plant the clematis supported on wires strung through the "bad boy" I posted about here http://www.gardenplansireland.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1499
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about using a stiff wall plant like a pyracantha or cotoneaster as a frame to grow the clematis on. Or better still plant honeysuckle instead of the clematis, lovely smell.
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