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Please does anyone have any advice for a climber or shrub that can be wall trained for north facing house wall? It has plenty of light and is not too exposed, but little sun. With only one downstairs window there is lots of bare wall. I wondered about a honeysuckle, I'm not keen on any kind of ivy or pyracantha. Thanks!



Hydrangea Petiolaris is a good looking plant when in flower. Can be slow to get going but a very attractive plant in the summer. Ideal for a big north facing wall.

20 Sep, 2012


I was thinking the same Inverglen, mine is on a fence in a shady court yard area and is very happy.

21 Sep, 2012


Climbing Hydrangea is also my first choice. There is an unusual purple flowering climber called Chocolate vine which does well in north facing locations as do creepers, but they are quite similar to ivy.

21 Sep, 2012


Thank you, I'd looked at a climbing hydrangea in the RHS guide I'd bought, but wasn't sure, it's really nice to have some feedback, there's too much choice. I think it will look great, I'll post some pictures next year. Thanks for the help folks.

21 Sep, 2012


Good choice. It might need a bit of support the first year or two but after that it will cling on by itself.

21 Sep, 2012


Indeed it will cling, but I also use blue tac above or below a stem to direct it where I want it to go so it fans out more.

22 Sep, 2012

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