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Will this idea work?

19 September 2009 19:41:10
Climber position

Climber position

What I want to do is this, in the centre of the two slabs I want to put a large wood post into the ground. To this post I will build a wood frame/pergola fixed to the side wall of the house. The hedge on the right is 6ft, new hedging to the left as you can see. Question is, if I plant a climber (to be decided) and let it grow up the post, it will grow faster than the hedge. But as the hedge grows will the climber be ok as the hedge closes in around it. There will be plenty of growth on the arch, will that be enough to keep the climber alive? Please advise, thanks.


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kitty kitty 19 September 2009 20:17:57

hi fran if there is enough space between the hedge and the climber it should be ok, you might need to keep the hedge clipped to keep it from competting. this may not be much help to you, johnplotsman might have a better suggestion? good look with it though, its sounds fab.


Rachel Rachel 19 September 2009 20:44:34

Where are you planting the climber? In a pot on the slabs or are you removing a piece of the slab to plant it? I'm not sure if you're concerned about competition at ground level or lack of light!


Labourer! Labourer! 19 September 2009 20:54:32

So well put Rachel. Exactly what I wanted to say but could not find the words.


fran m fran m 19 September 2009 20:57:13

The climber will be between the hedge in th ground, i'm hoping the upper growth on the climber will keep ahead of the hedge till it reaches the upper frame above the height of the hedge.


Rachel Rachel 19 September 2009 21:11:43

Fran, do you mean actually in the same line as the hedge? I am not sure that would work - too much competition.


fran m fran m 19 September 2009 21:30:47

 I was thinking of in the line of the hedge, hoping that the climber growing faster than the hedge would get above final level of hedge. I was thinking of the way Honeysuckel grows wild in ditches. But I might fall back to your idea of a pot on the slabs. Thanks


HeadGardener HeadGardener 19 September 2009 22:05:42

I think it would work Fran if you chose your climber wisely I agree with you that honeysuckles growing in the wild in ditches seem to not mind the competition. Some clematis might be ok too as they grow naturally at the base of trees where it's very dry and clamber up to get light (they also like there roots cool) I can see Rachel's concern about space as there does'nt seem to be much room to plant a post, climber with the new hedge. Also I think Joe swift did wire up the poles in gardeners world a month back to help climbers go up the poles. Good Luck, will check back to see the results


Labourer! Labourer! 19 September 2009 22:08:34

You have a very good point there about the Clematis HeadGardener. We had one (Montana) growing at the base of an apple tree and it loved it. Grew right up through to the top of the tree.


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