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Climber for a shady area close to house?


 
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:11 pm    Post subject: Climber for a shady area close to house? Reply with quote

Hi folks, I have created a 'new' area for planting. It measures 7"x 3", is close to the house and against a 6ft garden wall. I would like to tack a trellis to this wall and perhaps have a nice climber run up it.
Unfortunately, the area is in total shade and never gets any the sun.
I don't want anything that might get too invasive, particularly as it is close to the back of the house.
Any suggestions I can google would be most appreciated!
(something scented might be nice too - but colour is what I'm after I think)
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first one that comes to mind for such a location would be winter Jasmine.
Have a look............. Winter Jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum for Winter Colour.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 4:30 am    Post subject: climber for a sunless wall. Reply with quote

I have a climbing hydrangea which clings like ivy to a brick wall which gets a tiny bit of sunshine at dawn in midsummer but otherwise is sunless. The only attention I ever give it is to clip back every spring any 'branches' which stick out too far. It is deciduous and just this weekend broke into leaf. later there will be masses of light green foliage and then white flowers. In winter when all the leaves are gone it presents a wonderful pattern of bare branches. I don't know the proper name for it but I do know it is a "small leafed" variety. I have a "large leafed" climbing hydrangea nearby but it is crabbed, ugly, does not lose it's leaves and it totally boring. I presume you are aware that white and red currant need no sunlight whatever, can be tied up to a trellis and will provide fistfuls of fruits after a few seasons?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks for replies, I had a look at both suggestions, The jasmin I loved, the hydrangea kinda scared me! In looking at both I saw some information on 'Star Jasmin' which I fell for so I think I might go for that.

Oh and walltoall - (I presume you are aware that white and red currant need no sunlight whatever) presume nothing ... LOL I am totally new to gardening so all this is news to me!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Star Jasmine is Trachelospermum jasminoides, a totally different type of plant to the winter Jasmine.
It also requires lots of sun, so I feel it would not be suitable for the location you mentioned bluebelldell.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm, obviously I totally disregarded the bit that said '"full sun"!
The winter flowering jasmine it is so, I think will look good there and as it's close to the back door, I'm banking on it smelling nice too. thanks for suggestions. Hopefully by the weekend I'll have it sourced and planted!
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