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Discussion in 'Gardening Discussions' started by clanless, Jul 10, 2021.

  1. clanless

    clanless Total Gardener

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    I'm looking for an evergreen climber to cover the newly installed front gate arch.

    The arch is mainly in shade and it can get a tad breezy around there. I've had some success with honeysuckle in other parts of the garden, but am not sure how they would take a shady position - and I fancy something different.

    Any one recommend an evergreen climber for this position? Not bothered about flowers or fragrance but would like something quick growing with attractive foliage - if such a thing exists.

    It will be planted under gravel in fairly clayey soil.

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    Lonicera Henryi. It's a very fast growing twining evergreen, flowers nicely and attracts bees. Morrison's often have small plants for a £ or two and a small start will cover an arch in two summers. It will twine it's own way up and doesn't really need pruning. It has a tendency to get bare at the bottom though.

    This one has covered my 180cm tall bird feeder in two years, starting with some cuttings.

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    • Michael Hewett

      Michael Hewett Total Gardener

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      Euonymus fortunei Silver Queen is a good climber and it is evergreen. I have one over 6 ft tall on a fence. It does flower but they're rather insignificant, see photo.

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      • Jack Sparrow

        Jack Sparrow Total Gardener

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        My Honeysuckle Copper Beauty grows in the shade and in clay soil.

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