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By Wraye

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom Gb

Self clinging climbers...
I've had some excellent information regarding the questions i asked on honeysuckle and clematis however as these plants don't self cling, to cover the side wall of my house, can you suggest anything that does? Not ivy - but something that is pretty, evergreen and will look after itself on its way up the wall! Many thanks everyone :)



Virginia Creeper is self clinging and is attractive.

Have not found Honeysuckle to be a good clinging plant at all - it seems to sprout more like a Bramble. Clematis (I like Montana Elizabeth) does self cling after initial pegging to a structure to get it started.

It does depend on your walls - they seem to cling better to harled and stone walls rather than brick. I know Ivy can self cling to brick and harling and stone. When Clematis gets larger, thicker stems, it can come away from a wall after windy days, so will need to be attached again.

Wisteria and Jasmine are also good climbing plants. You also need to make sure that the wall you plan to grow any plant over is right for them - Clematis likes sun, Wisteria and Jasmine will tolerate some shade. Have seen Honeysuckle in deep shade.

19 Apr, 2011


Hydrangea petiolaris is a self clinger, with white flowers and glossy green leaves.

19 Apr, 2011


non of the mentioned ones are evergreen though. cant think of any evergreen ones. but hydrangea petiolaris is a good plant with lovley butter yellow autumn colours.

19 Apr, 2011


Thanks everyone - i'll look into the things you have suggested.

19 Apr, 2011


And no clematis self clings... they twine their vine like tendrils around things so if there is nothing for them to cling to they don't - not even the montanas, which can be thugs.

19 Apr, 2011


Evergreen self-clinging = euonymus especially 'Silver Queen' and 'Emerald Gaiety'

19 Apr, 2011

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