Fence Plant Ideals Please?

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    Hi Guys I'm looking for ideals of plants to grow up and along my fence something that's still green in the winter but flowery in summer, I don't want a hedge just don't like plain fence.
    I did think maybe a few evergreen clematis but I don't really know a lot about the names of them or maybe you might have another ideal of something to grow?


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    Escallonia, chaenomeles?
     
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      There are some evergreen honeysuckle, henryi for instance.
       
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        Winter jasmine.....brightens up the winter scene right now and is evergreen lowrider 69.
        Clematis Armandii should do well there.....does well for me in Cornwall.
        Solanum Album too is evergreen here and flowers for months
        Yep, there are some evergreen honeysuckles....not all are scented though so check them out first
        Abutilon Suntense is evergreen or semi evergreen, flowers for a long time and covers space quickly. Here it forms a thick evergreen cover on a wall
        I would add deciduous climbers too though......they add extra interest when they regrow in spring.
        Trachelospermum is evergreen here and should be at least semi evergreen in Devon....lovely classy plant. Also summer jasmine :)
        Just an added thought about shrubs there too to break up the pattern....camellias, hollies (some cracking variegated ones), mahonia charity, berberis darwinii, hebe salicifolia, etc. are all evergreen
         
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          thanks for that will look into them and how many I would need to cover the fence and then get some more stakes to support the weight, I would love to have new fencing but I just cant afford it and think lots of flowers would look better then plane fenceing.

          do these plants mix and match together well?
          what's deciduous climbers sorry new to gardening but its fastly becoming my fav hobby :)
           
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          Yes lowrider, I think they match very well :)
          If you throw in a clematis montanna, semi evergreen, you will have masses of flowers in spring on a vigorous climber. Thus, starting with jasminium nudiflorum (winter jasmine) you will have colour from winter through to autumn (abutilon, solanum)
          Give stout support from the start....I use galvanised screw eyes and galvanised wires so the supports are guaranteed to last many years.
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          so do I buy all of the above? or just the clematis montanna & jasminium nudiflorum?
          if you would be kind enough to make a list of the ones you would use and how far apart to plant them that would be a great help.
          can show some updates on here on how there doing over the next year.

          galvanised screw eyes and galvanised wires sounds like a plan. I could make some sort of wire barrier close to the fence as my little Chihuahua you can see in the pic tends to jump at the fence barking at people walking past down the lane which can be a pain. hopefully if I plant them in the middle it will keep her from killing them all.

          thank you for all your advice :)
           
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          I allow 8' to 10' apart for these plants.
          Measure your length of fence and decide which plants you like and have room for :) Maybe sketch it out and arrange how they partner one another.
          On one south facing 60' plus x 8' high wall I have Armandii and Solanum Album and have a clematis jackmanii (fills space between). Another clematis, etoile violette...again a relatively narrow plant......fills in between solanum and tracholespermum. Abutilon suntense then fills a wide space but a couple of clematis, The Bride and H F Young, infill until a variegated jasmine shares the last spot with jasminium nudiflorum:)
          I also have a large mahonia, philadelphus aureus, and other shrubs forming a foreground incl lots of perennials such as cannas, dahlias.
          Consider planting for colour all year round or at least to cover part of every season and the above will provide that.
          I will post a picture in spring/summer:)

          Ha ha, I can imagine your little chihuahua killing the passers by
           
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          that would be nice to see yours so will look forward to them.

          Titch yea she is a killer lol its not the barking that bothers me as everyone in our little village knows her, its more the fact she might kill my plants jumping up the fence, it wont be so bad when there bigger and have a bit of a bush to them but until then I'm going to have to try and keep her at bay some way lol

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            just looking at all the Clematis I liked and then seen the prices of them, planting them every 8"-10" apart and I have a 23m fence would cost of fortune unless I can find them at local nurseries, a good example is I found 1 Clematis Jackmanii on ebay which was only £2.95 but the post was £3.95. :( planting them every 10" I would need around 90 plants
             
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            @lowrider69 It would be 10ft apart not 10 inches. I think you would need 8 clematis, not 90, to start with you can always get more when you see how they do.
             
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              Thanks for that... what a relief lol
               
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              So glad you didn’t plant 10” apart lowrider :)
               
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