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I’ve recently moved to a house with a much smaller garden, please could you recommend some suitable climbing plants that won’t take up too much space?

There are a great number of climbing plants that are perfect for small gardens. Climbing plants are great space savers, they can be trained to cover unsightly walls or fences and create a fantastic back drop for your garden. A trellis can also be placed in small gardens for additional climbing space.

Clematis x cartmanii hort 'Avalanche'

As you’ve got limited space go for evergreens that will provide year round colour and won’t leave you facing a barren winter. Evergreen clematis would be a great choice. Clematis x cartmanii hort 'Avalanche' provides lush green foliage throughout the year and develops large white blooms from early to mid-spring. Its maximum height of three metres makes it an ideal choice for small spaces.

Ivy is another fantastic climbing plant that would normally be written off as being too out of control for small gardens. There are, however, several varieties that are less vigorous than common ivy. Hedera helix varieties such as ‘Clotted Cream’, ‘Glacier’ and ‘Green Ripple’ grow to a maximum of four metres and can be easily trimmed to keep their size and shape. The late summer flowers on these varieties provide a great source of nectar for autumn bees.

Rosa 'Veilchenblau'

Climbing roses are real eye catchers and can transform a small garden. The crimson Rosa 'Dublin Bay' and the unique Rosa 'Veilchenblau', are both easy to care for and hardy plants that are able to survive our icy British winters. If space allows train them over a rose arch or up an obelisk to create a stylish focal point.

Remember to plan your garden out well before you get stuck in. Be careful to choose varieties suitable for your soil type and the amount of sunlight certain spots receive. It’s also important to choose plants that won’t grow too tall and shade your entire garden. Because your plants will have less space to share than in a large garden, make sure you keep them well fed so that they are not fighting for vital nutrients.

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