People worry about the adventitious roots of Hydrangea petiolaris
and ivy damaging mortar but if brickwork or stonework is sound initially, these climbers actually protect the walls.
One of my favourite climbers, Hydrangea petiolaris
prefers moist, well-drained, acidic soils
- Martin CLEMATIS is an old favourite that's hard to Abeat, and hydrangea petiolaris
gives a beautiful white show of flowers that is stunning.
Tom recommends most clematis species and hydrangea petiolaris
, which prefers east-facing walls, as well as flowering cotoneaster sp and pyracantha sp.
Try instead Hydrangea petiolaris
or honeysuckle, either of which should thrive.
As for the plants, there are several which will grow happily such as Jasminium nudiflorum, the wall-hugging Hydrangea petiolaris
, and the flowering-quince Chaenomeles japonica, which although commonplace can be a spectacular spring shrub.
The shoots of winding climbers like ivy and clematis can be threaded in easily but woody plants which are really wall shrubs rather than climbers -- for instance, winter-flowering jasmine, Hydrangea petiolaris
and climbing roses -- will need tying firmly.
On the east wall is one of my favourite climbers, Hydrangea petiolaris
. Its foliage ask Carol QWHEN is the best time to dig up Japanese wisteria?
clings to the wall by means of adventitious roots, much the same as ivy.
There are also a few climbing varieties, the most popular, Hydrangea petiolaris
, particularly useful for covering a shaded wall but also very tolerant of atmospheric pollution.
Another candidate is the climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea petiolaris
, which has white summer flowers.
The climbing Hydrangea petiolaris
, with its showy lacecap flowers, would be a good choice.
Or you could go for hydrangea petiolaris
, which is perfectly happy climbing a north wall.
A Try hydrangea petiolaris
, which is a vigorous woody climbing vine plant and is one of the best climbers to use.
Then choose your plants such as the ornamental quince, Chaenomeles japonica, with waxen red blooms and orange fruits; the climbing hydrangea, Hydrangea petiolaris
, and the vigorous Clematis montana, with masses of white or rose-pink flowers.