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why can't i plant on a north facing wall ? my garden is very small, but completely sheltered with 6' fencing...also, do i really need to provide a trellis or would the clematis cling to the fence ?? i have wild ivy growing very happily on my fence. oh and would the ivy strangle the multi blue ? many thanks !!

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  • Posted: Fri. 4th June 2010 12:43

Re: clematis multi blue

Reply from Katy Elton

Hi Mandy,

Clematis ‘Multi Blue’ requires quite a lot of sunlight, which is why a north facing site wouldn’t be suitable for it.
There are plenty of shade loving clematis that would be more suitable – a few examples are:

Clematis ‘Comtesse de Bouchaud http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/clematis-comtesse-de-bouchaud
Clematis ‘Hagley Hybrid’ http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/clematis-hagley-hybrid
Clematis ‘Mrs Cholmondeley’ http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/clematis-mrs-cholmondeley
Clematis 'Nelly Moser' http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/clematis-nelly-moser?referrer=%2Fplant%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dnelly+moser

Most clematis require a trellis or some sort of wire system, as they climb with tendrils which wrap round things, rather than suckers. However more vigorous varieties are able to scramble up fences unaided. A good shade loving, vigorous clematis is Clematis Montana, which comes in many varieties http://www.shootgardening.co.uk/plant/search?p_q=clematis+montana.

Growing clematis through ivy again calls for choosing a vigorous variety that can hold its own in the competition for water, nutrients and space. A slower growing, more delicate variety is likely to get swamped.

Hope this helps! Let us know which one you go for.

Katy

  • Posted: Fri. 4th June 2010 14:54