By tazjaz

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?

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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