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Wisteria: is this a suitable location?


 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:49 am    Post subject: Wisteria: is this a suitable location? Reply with quote

I would like to plant wisteria beside my front door without digging up the concrete footpath. There's a drainage channel between the path and the house to prevent damp penetration where the footpath rises to the front door.

I'm considering digging out a stretch of the channel (to the right of the gully), say 60cm long and as deep as possible, say 60cm again, placing a plastic membrane against the house wall and filling it with soil and fertilizer and then planting the wisteria. The channel is 10cm wide. The wall is east facing.

Supports could be fixed to the wall and the canopy would act as an additional support. Any advice would be appreciated. Here are some photographs:



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Uses for Chinese Wisteria Plants in Landscape Design:
Chinese wisteria plants are such vigorous growers that it is not recommended that you let them climb up a porch or the side of your house. Instead, let them grow on a garden arbor away from the house. Such arbors, roofed by Chinese wisteria plants, are a perfect focal point for English cottage gardens."
http://landscaping.about.com/od/vineplants1/p/wisteria_plants.htm

How to grow Wisteria and avoid a blooming failure.
http://www.winsfordwalledgarden.com/planting.aspx?Group=planting&Page=grow_wisteria

Growing Wisteria
http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1246.html
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply but would still like it against house wall.

Have had another look at location and there is a large south facing wall which has a concrete footpath abutting it.

If a 'cube' of concrete and hardcore was to be removed, would it be alright to fill it with soil and plant it there? If so what dimensions should the hole be and would the fact that it is surrounded by stone and concrete affect the growth?

There would be soil directly against the foundation walls but the DPC would be 150mm/6 inches above ground level.
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