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climber for a long low wall


 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: climber for a long low wall Reply with quote

Hi, i have a wall all along the site of my house, maybe 3/4 foot tall, that because our site is higher than the site beside us is a poured concrete wall with steel reinforcement. this makes it pretty ugly.

Trying to pick a climber that will spread horizontally quite happily given that it will only get to 4 feet in height. i don't really want a hedge as this doubles as a second driveway for the house and i don't want to lose the width a hedge would take up

anyone got any suggestions? evergreen would also be a huge advantage
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not evergreen, but the next best thing.
The height will suit you as well.
I present Cotoneaster horizontalis.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheers for that, i already have horizontalis in another part of the garden, never even thought of using it!

i might even be able to get away with doing it with cuttings..Smile

thanks again!! that's one idea at least...anything else?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

actually, it's not horizontalis i have already, which makes this an even more interesting solution..Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James got to you before I could with the same answer,mean-while have you given any thought to Painting the wall Terracotta or White add a Trellis or 2 and a few Hanging Baskets while your waiting on the Plants to grow it will surely be better than your Description of the Wall.
The possibilities are only limited by your Imagination. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 25, 2010 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I omitted to say you will need to drive a few Stakes into the Ground putting the Trellis sitting on the Wall and securing it to the Stakes,then hang the Baskets on the Stakes.you can get the Trellis from 12" to 6ft in Hgt'x 6ft Long. Hope that helps.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are there any parts toxic to children? Is it self clinging?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about euonymus ? The small-leaved ones have the interesting habit of growing as a low shrub when planted out in the open, or as a suckering climber when planted against a wall.

Since your wall is cast concrete, there shouldn't be any worries about the suckers causing damage to mortar or brickwork.
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