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shrubs to cover walls

I have removed ivy on 3 walls of south facing garden& would like your advice on covering walls with evergreen low maintenance shrubs in a space that is now gravelled and with small patio near house,The back wall facing north is overhung by large plane tree and leylandii. Garden is facing south but gets sun only on patio due to these trees . Rusk, , Co Dublin Posted: 24/03/2009


Unless the wall are very ugly, it is generally best not to cover the entire wall with climbers. The contrast between wall and climbers is much more effective.

If you are looking for evergreen climbers, there are very few to choose from ... ivy of various kinds; evergreen Clematis armandii; Uruguay ivy,Cissus striata; jasmine and passion flower which will not flower well in shade; potato vine which does flower in low light.

If you have acidid soil you could grow camellia as a wall-trained shrub ... it does well on a north-facing or shaded wall. 



Ivy or creeper

Hi Gerry, i am a totally new to gardening, hope to change this in the near future. I need help with the surrounding concrete slab walls of my back garden (25ft x 55ft, east facing) i want to plant a type of Ivy/creeper that will give a very good coverage and is evergreen. I have 2 children under 3 yrs and a large dog, so the plant also needs to be non poisonious. I would love if you could help me!!! Michelle 140220091, Ashbourne, Co Meath Posted: 14/02/2009


The best way to deal with blank walls is not to try to hide them but to decorate them, to use them as vertical space for plants.

Climbing plants, such as clematis, roses, ivy and potato vine, can be trained to wires or trellis. Wall shrubs such as pyracantha, chaenomeles and cotoneaster can be tied back to a wall and pruned to size.

The idea should be to be able to still see much of the wall, so that the wall becomes backdrop that sets off the plants and the plants 'soften' the appearance of the wall.

Wall plants do not have to be evergreen ... to cover all the walls with evergreen creeper such as ivy will just change the colour from grey to green, but will be almost as uninteresting.

If you go to the Plant finder on this site, you will find lots of plants to try:  http://www.garden.ie/plantdirectory.aspx








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