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Old 2007-06-18, 07:31   #1
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Since there are some people here with extremely deep knowledge of some plants, I hoped that there might be people who can help me with the following problem:

Situation: my back yard,

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I'm in need of a nice climbing-plant mix for the fence on the top, left. The left 80% of the fence is sunlit througout the day, the right 20% misses the morning light upto 12:00 am.

Ideally, I'd like to have a permanent green background, with flowering from about april to august.

Does anyone have a clue about which climbing plants can provide me with this?

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Old 2007-06-18, 11:13   #2
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Since there are some people here with extremely deep knowledge of some plants, I hoped that there might be people who can help me with the following problem:

Situation: my back yard,

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I'm in need of a nice climbing-plant mix for the fence on the top, left. The left 80% of the fence is sunlit througout the day, the right 20% misses the morning light upto 12:00 am.

Ideally, I'd like to have a permanent green background, with flowering from about april to august.

Does anyone have a clue about which climbing plants can provide me with this?
How big is the area? Some plants are much bigger than others.

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Old 2007-06-18, 11:26   #3
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Argh... I knew I was forgetting something

The fence is about 2.5 meters wide, with an width available of a maximum of 60 cm.
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Old 2007-06-18, 14:27   #4
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Argh... I knew I was forgetting something
Perhaps you are forgetting something even more important. What is the climate? (Where are you located?)
Judging from your use of metric dimensions, I doubt that you would be successful with the plants that grow well here in Southern Texas where our days typically reach 33C this time of the year and will be around 40C in late August.
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Old 2007-06-18, 15:18   #5
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I live in the eastern part of Holland, where the climate is getting more mediterranian every year (or so it seems).

Iirc it should be a sea-climate

40 degrees C... phew... but low moisture-content in the air I hope... I'd die there otherwise :)

Typically, when it's hot in Holland, it's very moist too:
move one step, and get your days workout.

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Old 2007-06-18, 17:44   #6
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40 degrees C... phew... but low moisture-content in the air I hope... I'd die there otherwise :)

Typically, when it's hot in Holland, it's very moist too:
move one step, and get your days workout.
Unfortunately, we don't have that low moisture-content as they do in far West Texas and Arizona.

Right now, at noon here in New Braunfels, the temperature is 32C and the relative humidity is 53%. They are forcasting a "cool" 34C for the high today. Down in Houston, the temperature is the same, but the humidity is 63%.
It's still early in the season; just wait until August.
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Old 2007-06-18, 18:10   #7
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Here are three suggestions - all are native or near native to Holland.

1. Lonicera periclymenum (European Honeysuckle)

2. Clematis vitalba (Traveller's Joy)

3. Humulus lupulus (Hops)

All of them have a wikipedia entry and numerous images at images.google.com

hope this helps,
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Unfortunately, we don't have that low moisture-content as they do in far West Texas and Arizona.

Right now, at noon here in New Braunfels, the temperature is 32C and the relative humidity is 53%. They are forcasting a "cool" 34C for the high today. Down in Houston, the temperature is the same, but the humidity is 63%.
It's still early in the season; just wait until August.
Ok, so Bouganvillia is out. Pity, as it's a nice plant.

Your climate is essentially the same as mine.

There are a whole bunch of honeysuckle species (Lonicera) that would work.

Not a climber, in the strict sense of the word, but meets the requirements in other ways is the Chilean flowering potato tree, Solanum crispum. It's a large bush or small tree that is very easy to train to cover an area like you have available. It has beautiful purple and yetllow flowers that lasst all summer, but is not evergreen. Solanum jasminoides is similar (and looks rather like a jasmine, as the name suggests) but is not as cold-tolerant. Our S. crispum is doing very well but the S. jasminoides died the winter before last. If your back yard is more sheltered than our, S. jasminoides could do well.

You might like to investigate jasmines too.


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You might like to investigate jasmines too.
And, for that matter, sundry climbing and/or rambling roses.


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Old 2007-06-20, 08:52   #10
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Paul,

were those suggestions for my climate, or for Wacky's?
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Paul,

were those suggestions for my climate, or for Wacky's?
Yours --- you are the one asking for advice on what may be suitable.

Your climate is essentially identical to mine.


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