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covering the shed

mid glamorgan, United Kingdom Gb

Hi! Im thinking of growing a russian vine to cover my hubbies unsightly shed, its south facing. Ive been reading tht its really vigorous and can take over. I am going to put it in a pot cos it would be on the patio anyway, would it be ok?



I'm by no means an expert but I inherited a Russian Vine and it was a pain. It took over everything and wrapped itself around other stuff. It also had a nasty smell. Maybe you could think about an evergreen honeysuckle, a clematis or a climbing rose.

15 Apr, 2009


Really vigorous is an understatement, lol.

It's just taken me a lot of hard work to remove one that took over a garden. However, it will do the job you want and in a pot you should be able to control it. Your shed will be covered totally by this time next year, so make sure you cut it back.

15 Apr, 2009


Hi Cookiegirl,
Whatever you grow, put up trellis, also across the roof, it will give you a chance to service the roof if it leaks I would choose Clematis, I am not a fan of Russian Vine and can't stand the smell.

15 Apr, 2009


oh thanx everyone...i think youve certainly persuaded me against it.

15 Apr, 2009


Oh god don't plant a russian vine i had one years ago and it took over the whole garden!!! LOL

15 Apr, 2009


Cookygirl - if you grow the Russian Vine in a pot it will not take over... simply because it can't take over! You will need to put up a trellis or wiring system to grow Clematis and unless pruned they can also be thugs - I should know we prune ours back at least once a year:-)

15 Apr, 2009

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