West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Which fast growing climbers can I plant now and get a good show in august?
I want to cover a fence at the bottom of the garden in climbing (preferably flowering) plants so that it has a reasonable coverage by mid-August (we're getting married and having the reception at home!). It's a bit shady but most of it gets good sun in the mid to late morning and dappled sun at some other times of the day (it's approximately east/north east facing, but some light filters in through the fence too as it's not a solid construction).
We only moved in last year and most of the initial gardening was fighting back the weeds, so I've not had a chance to get any plants very established, unfortunately. I've already planted a honeysuckle (forgotten which one!) at one end of the fence & a clematis 'Miss Bateman' in the middle. The adjoining fence (which faces south/south east) has a jasmine stephanense at the end closest to the fence I want to cover.
Most of the flowers nearby are (or will be) purple, pink, blue or white, with splashes of yellowy colours. I'm aiming for a fairly naturalistic look, and the end of the garden where I want to plant the climbers has a woodland edge feel to it, with ferns, rocks & an old cherry tree, and trees out the back behind our garden.
I was thinking about sweet peas on the sunniest part of the fence (I actually attempted to sow some earlier this year but they failed completely - I'd never grown them before and I think I should have nicked the seed coat or soaked them), but I wasn't sure whether they'd be OK as even the sunniest parts are in dappled shade for the whole afternoon, and most advice on sweet peas says full sun.
If all else fails I might just give up and let the bindweed from behind the fence grow up through it, but having just spent most of the last year battling the bindweed in the rest of the garden I'd rather not (no matter how pretty the flowers might be)!!!
- 26 May, 2010