The Q&A Archives: Perenial Climbers

Question: I live in the Pacfic Northwest,in the fraser valley wind area. I have a 35' long 14'high steel garage I would like to put a climber against for camo and color. I love climbing roses but this spot recieves no morning sun. Only reflected light until noon. The building is very warm in summer and of course very cold during dormant season. This is zone 8. Would you please recommed something I can trellis up the walls that will abound in blooms at some point and not be too wretched in the winter. I do not think rose canes are unattractive... Symmetry.

Answer: Afternoon sunshine is a key element in the planting area you describe. You can grow grapes - and if you choose the right cultivar, you can even harvest fruit! (Interlaken or Himrod are good choices.) Or, you can train clematis armandii, honeysuckle, or Chilean bellflower up a trellis. These vining plants are evergreen. Deciduous plant choices include Celastrus (bittersweet), akebia quinata and climbing hydrangea. There are others - the choice is yours.

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