People worry about the adventitious roots of Hydrangea petiolaris
and ivy damaging mortar but if brickwork or stonework is sound initially, these climbers actually protect the walls.
On the east wall is one of my favourite climbers, Hydrangea petiolaris
Tom recommends most clematis species and hydrangea petiolaris
, which prefers east-facing walls, as well as flowering cotoneaster sp and pyracantha sp.
As for the plants, there are several which will grow happily such as Jasminium nudiflorum, the wall-hugging Hydrangea petiolaris
, and the flowering-quince Chaenomeles japonica, which although commonplace can be a spectacular spring shrub.
The Duchess also planted a shrub, a hydrangea petiolaris
brought from her country residence at Highgrove, to plant in the community's "Living Wall" green feature.
Moist Shade - Hostas, Ferns, Iris siberica, Hydrangea petiolaris
, Brunnera macrophylla, trilliums, Camellia japonica, Mahonia aquifolium, Rubus tricolor and Sarcococca.
Try instead Hydrangea petiolaris
or honeysuckle, either of which should thrive.
clings to the wall by means of adventitious roots, much the same as ivy.
There are also a few climbing varieties, the most popular, Hydrangea petiolaris
, particularly useful for covering a shaded wall but also very tolerant of atmospheric pollution.
The shoots of winding climbers like ivy and clematis can be threaded in easily but woody plants which are really wall shrubs rather than climbers -- for instance, winter-flowering jasmine, Hydrangea petiolaris
and climbing roses -- will need tying firmly.
The climbing Hydrangea petiolaris
, with its showy lacecap flowers, would be a good choice.
Also, Hydrangea petiolaris
, the climbing Hydrangea would be happy there too, and would give some shelter for birds and wildlife.