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By Neeko33

United Kingdom Gb

I live in a very windy spot in chilly Aberdeenshire. There are quite a few wire fences in my garden, and I've lost track of how many supposedly hardy climbing plants have died from wind-burn when I've tried to train them up the fences. Can you recommend anything, climber or similar, that won't die within a fortnight?!



There is a section in a book I have, 'What Plant Where', which recommends the perennial sweet pea (Lathyrus latifolius) as being tolerant of coastal exposure, I wonder if it is basically the same effect? Have you tried it before?

Another idea would be to plant some thick hedges or shrubs for more shelter, no doubt you have already thought of that, though.

16 Mar, 2012


Oh, I recognise this problem!
Honeysuckle might survive better. You see it growing wild all over our county. If you can grow it on a south facing fence, it would have a chance, I think. But, as Bryony says, if you could establish some shelter on the sunniest side, then you could increase your choices.

16 Mar, 2012


Yip, I would go for a sheltering hedge then adding climbers. You will benefit from it in the long term.

16 Mar, 2012


Would it be possible to fix some denser material on the windward side of the fences to cut down the windspeed?

16 Mar, 2012

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