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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:54 pm 
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Are there any alternatives to Ivy?
The garden wall which I wish to cover is north facing and gets little sunshine and the soil is damp


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Not being a gardener, can only speak from own experience. Do you need it to cling itself, or are you able to fix it back?

We have had climbing hydrangea at two properties, it clings rampantly (even to windows) and grows quickly but is not evergreen. It responds quite well to a hedge trimmer as it grows out as well as up, but goes back to woody bare sticks in winter and drops its leaves. It grows from very little soil and we had it on a north face where it vitually took over. As below, secateurs on the neglected branches better than trimming if you let it go woody.

Pyrocanthus grows quickly & can be loosely hedge-trimmed, though a pair of secateurs on the thickest stems is probably better if neglected. It is more evergreen but has sharp thorns and is difficult (IMHO) to deal with, however it doesn't actually climb, you need to train it & clip it back to the wall wearing thick gloves.

Virginia creeper is lovely but takes a while to establish Try looking on the RHS website for recommendations? Not that I have, just guessing it might help.


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Thanks Arco Iris
The plant needs to be evergreen and preferably self clinging to avoid having to put up a trellis


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euonymus and hedera are evergreen there is a list of possibilties here
https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=467



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Thanks Boxed in - the link is very useful


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