Posted: May-15-2005 at 5:36am
Does anyone know a good plant to plant alongside a privacy trellis that will stay green year round and maybe even flower part of the year. I have clematis on a trellis but it disappears in the winter. Also I would like something that would grow in pots or in a raised area and wonder what kind of potting soil to use there.
Location: Washington, Western Cascade Foothills
Posted: May-17-2005 at 9:47am
The evergreen clematis [Clematis armandii] or Avalanche clematis are good choices. The potato vine might work too. Depending on how cold your area gets the Akebia and some honeysuckles keep most of their leaves. Don't use English ivy. Some people mix a couple of vines together for a longer flowering time but that does take a larger area and needs more pruning.
Location: Oregon, Greater Portland Metro
Posted: May-17-2005 at 9:59am
Hi Ceejay, where do you live? Fern gave you some good options, but keep in mind that our advice and website are geared to gardening in the maritime Pacific Northwest. If your gardening climate is different, not all options will be suitable for you.
Any good quality potting soil - not garden soil - will be fine for containers.
Do not use potting soil for raised beds or general garden use. Topsoil - often sold in bags - is better suited for that purpose.
Location: Puget Sound corridor
Posted: May-20-2005 at 1:45pm
I really like my Clematis cirrhosa 'Wisley Cream'. It is evergreen with shiny round leaves. The flowers are not real showy but pretty because of the time of year they bloom - January! They are little cream-colored bells. Have fun deciding and let us know what you come up with.