I am looking for a fast-growing, attractive climber to cover a gap in a fence to give me some privacy in a small town garden which I am just starting this year. The total height to cover is about seven foot and there is a long gap in the top couple of feet which I plan to fill with trellis.
It is small sunken courtyard and I have created a two-foot wide raised bed by removing a row of flagstones next to that wall.
It's the width of the border that worries me. How much space will the roots of the climber need? I originally planned to have a lovely border with flowers and some vegetables . I don't have much space to waste and I do want a garden again now that I have moved to a town.
This garden is too small for much plain dark green foliage. If it was bigger, then ivy might be the answer, I suppose, but even variegated seems a bit uninteresting. I wondered about Virginia Creeper? I know it's not evergreen but it's reputed to grow fast. I like Rosa Rugosa which I had in my last garden, but is it too vigorous?
I would be grateful for some ideas. I live in North Devon at sea level. It's usually mild and muggy here but not this year!
- 17 Feb, 2010