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Do you want to create that “Secret Garden” look to your outdoor space? If what you look for is an extraordinary appeal to your garden, then you should consider checking out the best plants to cover walls. Basically, climbers are types of plants that can cover fences, arches and walls, among a few areas in your garden. It is even possible to create interesting wall shrubs that will add to the uniqueness of your yard.

You can also count on climbers to conceal some areas in your garden that you are not quite proud of, and these plants can add some length or height to trellis and borders. Just be sure to know what these plants are, as well as the right type of climber you need depending on the location where it will be placed. After all, there is a particular plant for a specific location in your yard, so you can be certain about the excellent growth and health of the plant.

Climbing Plants that Need Frameworks

There are some plants that instantly cling to surfaces without any support, and these include the Virginia creeper and Ivy. With the mere help of their aerial roots, these plants can climb on walls and stay on unless you pull them out. On the other hand, there are some climbers that will require some kind of framework or support, so these can climb and adhere to areas in your garden. Among these plants include the Clematis and the Honeysuckle.

In case you prefer to use wall shrubs, you will have to “train” these and provide support since they do not climb walls naturally. The truth is, any type of climbing plant require some kind of training. You should begin by planting the shrub or climber at a distance of 30 to 45 centimetes from the fence’s or wall’s base. For a climbing plant, using vertical or horizontal wires should help.

Containers and Climbers

In case you are wondering, it is possible to grow climbers that are either perennial or annual in a container or pot. Eventually, these plants will just cling on the wall, and there is only a need to provide a suitable container for these. When it comes to annual climbers, you may opt for Black-Eyed Susan, Nasturtiums, Morning Glory and Sweet Peas, As for perennial climbers, these are most likely to grow quite large upon reaching maturation. With this in mind, there is a need for you to train them carefully as you grow these plants in containers.

Additional Tips to Consider

Depending on where your walls are facing, there are different plants that are suitable for specific directions of the wall. Since walls facing the north are usually cooler because these receive minimal sunlight, you should choose plants that can thrive on such type of temperature. Avoid planting evergreen climbers or Camelias since these are not ideal for colder spots. If you are training climbers on walls that face the west and south, your best bets include the Passion flower, Abutilon and Ceanothus. Wintersweet is another great choice since it loves the warmth of the sun, making it ideal for south and east-facing walls.

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