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Plants are not only decorative but can
also be useful as they can be used to disguise eyesores, bins, posts, walls
and/or fences and, if the correct plants are chosen, can also be effective a
means of security.

There are many different plants from
which to choose, all with different attributes.  Some are fast
growing and will, therefore, provide quick cover whilst others only
flourish annually.

Here are just a few suggestions of
plants, their characteristics and possible uses.

Climbing plants

Fast growers for quick cover


Clematis Montana is the fastest growing of all the clematis
and also one of the easiest to grow.  In perfect conditions it can grow to a height
of 12m (40ft).   If it is cut back by about one third after the first flowering this
will encourage vigorous growth.  Montana prefers alkaline soil and the roots and main
stem need protecting from direct sunlight.

Virginia creeper is a hardy
climber with warm red foliage in Autumn.  Ideally should be given a horizontal

Honeysuckle comes is several
varieties which are vigorous and hardy, with strongly scented flowers ranging in colour
from pale creamy white to bright orange red. They prefer a lightly shaded spot, well
drained soil and plenty of compost.

Russian Vine is probably the
fastest wall cover of all, but can easily get out of hand as it can grow 5m (16ft) in one

Akebia quinata is a creeper
with fragrant, deep purple flowers which will happily creep up any support on a warm,
sheltered wall.   It quickly reaches a height of 4.5m (15ft) with a spread of 1.8m
(6ft) and could eventually grow as big as 6-9m (20-30ft).

Annual creepers

if you just want a splash of colour during Summer, here are a few suggestions:-

Sweet Peas are a beautiful,
perfumed, dainty climber, available in a huge range of colours. They also have the added
bonus that if the blooms are picked for indoors this encourages more flowers to appear on
the plant.   They are easily grown from seed outside, reach a height of approximately
1.8m (6ft) but do need support.

Nasturtiums do come in
climbing varieties, available in yellows, reds and oranges and are ideal to cover a hedge
or left to scramble over banks etc. They can be grown from seed outside and will spread
about 1.8m (6ft)

Black-eyed Susan is suitable
for milder regions and has light orange flowers with deep brown centres.  It can be
grown from seed germinated indoors, needs a sunny sheltered spot or greenhouse and will
grow to about 1.8m-3m (6-10ft) in a season.

Morning glory again is most
suitable for mild areas. Available in blues, rich scarlets and purples, easily grown from
seed germinated indoors and will grow to about 2.5-3m (8-10ft) high in a season.

Plants suitable to hide a

If you need to disguise a wall or would rather look at a plant than
bricks, here’s come help.

Firstly, decide which way the wall in question is
facing as this is imperative to know when selecting the most suitable plant.

North facing walls – the ground in front of a north
facing wall will suffer from dampness and lack of sunshine.  Some suitable varieties
could be Clematis hybrids, climbing Hydrangea, Ivy, winter Jasmine or Roses (e.g. ‘Gloire
de Dijon’, ‘Mme Alfred Carrière’ and ‘Mme Grégoire Staechelin’).

South facing walls – as these get plenty of warmth and
sunshine dry soil could be a problem. Try Honeysuckle, Passion Flower or annual climbers
mentioned above, such as Nasturtium and Morning Glory or Ceanothus, Mexican Orange or
Myrtle which are more tender plants.

East facing walls lack sunshine and sometimes suffer
from cold winds.  Flowering Quince and Forsythia should be suitable and most Roses
would be O.K.

West facing walls are probably the best site of all
and, therefore, decorative shrubs and climbers such as Magnolias, Camellias, Wisteria,
Honeysuckle or Clematis Montana would be ideal.

Try this
plant finder
to find the ideal
plants suited to your particular garden:





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