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14 May 2008 19:55
I need a climbing plant to cover a bare fence at the bottom of my garden. The fence is in the shade all day. Any suggestions please?
By Yours magazine
Yours gardening and Garden Answers web editor Geoff Stebbings offers advice on climbing plants.
The obvious choice for this position is ivy. It is evergreen, clings without needing trellis or wires and there are beautiful varieties with variegated leaves in yellow and white. You could plant it with winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) which blooms in winter and will add a sprinkle of bright yellow stars to the picture.
If an evergreen is not so important, you could try the climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) but this is very slow to get started as a young plants. If you do not need something that sticks to the fence but that can be pruned against the fence, pyracanthas are ideal and they are evergreen.
Geoff Stebbings is editor of Garden Answers. For more information visit Gardening Mags.
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Hi do not grow a plant up yopur fence, erect trellis in front of the fence and grow russia vine, it grows like a weed but you can cut it back. If the fence needs replacing you can lower the trellis and renew the fence re erect the trellis and no one knows the difference. If tyour put off by the other comments on russian vine, try good old honeysuckle or Hydrangia petiolaris are good alternative but take much longer to establish, I like Jasminium nudiflorum.
26 August 2008 19:03
From the BBC Gardening website - Russian Vine
Another common name for Russian vine is mile-a-minute, and that's a conservative estimate.
It grows far too big, too fast and too ugly even for a large garden. In a small garden there wouldn't be standing room after the first season. This plant is probably worth avoiding.
30 June 2008 11:54
We bought a "passion flower" plant from Morrisons at £1-99 and planted it 2 years ago in the hope that it would maybe hide our fence. It is absolutely brilliant. It has lovely unusual flowers and also it bares fruit. It has now completely covered our fence at about 20 foot long and also grown down the other side so benefiting the neighbours as well. All this for £1-99 from Morrisons.
20 June 2008 14:56
Rambling rose is a sturdy plant and also Ivy
10 June 2008 12:21
Hi The fastest plant I know of is a Russian Vine and really prolific lovely red leaves will cover it in no time . Bye
09 June 2008 20:04
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