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Which climber to choose?


By Sandie

United Kingdom

I want to cover a wall at the front of our house fairly quickly and only have a box of 4ft wide with a depth of 12 inches to put it in (its gets very hot in the morning and then sun moves), can anyone recommend a climber that could be suitable.
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Oh dear, Sandie - that isn't very deep for a 'perennial' climber. Could I suggest that you grow annual climbers such as Ipomoea or Dicentra scandens. Alternatively, there's a not-very-vigorous Clematis which might cope - C.florida var.sieboldiana. This is white with lots of purple stamens. Campsis x tagliabuana (Trumpet Vine) is vigorous and would cover the wall, but I am not sure whether the depth of the box would suit its root ball. Good luck, anyway.

15 May, 2008


I don't have any recommendations, just a word of caution. My neighbour just spend a bundle of money on new gutters, and roof parts because a climber "kept on climbing" and destroyed part of the house.
If you use a climber, be sure to keep it under control.

17 May, 2008

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