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climbing plants that like wet areas


By Bosskeg

Derbyshire, United Kingdom Gb

I have a bed which supports plants such as marsh marigolds, cowslips and flag iris very well. I want to put an arch in this bed and would like suggestions of suitable climbing plants please.



Sorry - but I have tried looking for you, both in my gardening books and on the web, and I can't find a single climber that likes its roots in wet soil. The only idea I could come up with is to place large pots each side of the arch and grow your climbers in them.

21 Oct, 2008


Thanks Spritzhenry, it may well come to that!

21 Oct, 2008


Fatshedra Lizei - or Fat Headed Lizzie. This is am cross between Fatsia Japonica and Hedra (ivy). The leaves are a bright green and larger than most ivies. It does prefer shade but give it a go!! I'm not too sure if it flowers, I've looked at the internet and can't see any images with flowers

21 Oct, 2008


Sorry to disagree, Andrea, but my RHS book says 'moist but well-drained soil' and 'water sparingly in winter'. I can't imagine it enjoying wet roots all the time, I reckon they'd rot! BTW, it gets small clusters of greeny-white flowers in the autumn.

21 Oct, 2008


I can't think of any climbers for wet soils either but you might be able to try this idea. A couple of dogwoods with coloured stems (such as cornus alba or cornus sanguineum which both reach ten feet)) have flexible stems when young. These could be tied to the arch as they grow. In spring, cut down half the old stems, leaving the other half trained over the arch. The new ones could be tied in to replace them the following year.

21 Oct, 2008


Putting the pots each side of the arch sounds great and you could conceal them with damp loving ferns.

21 Oct, 2008


I don't know about the "scientific" answer but my old stream bed of a garden supports two climbing hydrangea - one of which goes over the shed and the other over an arch. Ground is not actually boggy but is certainly consistently damp even in summer.

26 Oct, 2008

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