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climbers for shady and exposed sites

PostPosted: 31 Mar 2007 20:17
by rogersbottle

My first post....

I am looking for advice on suitable non-clinging climbers for west and north facing walls. To add to the shade issue the location is quite windy. being particularly exposed to westerly winds. I may be being overly optimistic, but I'm hoping that the climbers would also help protect the house: I've heard of climbers bing used as 'exsulation' (as opposed to insulation).


PostPosted: 01 Apr 2007 20:40
by gardening_guru

Quite a tough brief, considering the plants need to be quite robust and able to cope with the conditions you have detailed. ‘Non-clinging’ also narrows the field.

My first suggestion might surprise you. I am always amazed at how some roses are able to cope with shade and how floriferous they can be in such hostile conditions. If you train new shoots horizontally, they will produce more flowers. Also feed the rose in late spring with a fertilizer high in potassium and this will help the rose to flower despite the shade. Rosa ‘Danse du Feu’ and Rosa ‘New Dawn’ are both climbing roses, well known for coping well with shady conditions.

You could also consider some of the honeysuckles. Lonicera x heckrottii ‘Goldflame’ and Lonicera x tellmanniana will both be OK in the shade.

An unusual but interesting choice would be xFatshedera lizei, a slightly tender shrub (that should be protected from harsh frosts by the wall) It will grow 12-14 ft when trained against a wall and has the added bonus of being evergreen.

I'm sorry that I cannot help you with you question about polycarbonate panels for your greenhouse, I don't give advice on topics that I have no practical experience of myself.