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Gardening: Questions answered.

Q I wish to plant a climber up against my house. How close to the walls should I plant it?

A You should leave a gap of one-anda-half to two feet between your plant and the wall for two reasons. The first is that the house wall will suck moisture from the soil and retard the plant's growth.The second is that if you plant too close, the plant will interfere with the house damp coursing. Angle your climber back towards the wall when planting and it will quickly establish itself.

Q I have a section of fence which I want to cover quickly. I have been told that Russian Vine will do this, is this correct?

A Polygonum baldschuanicum (Russian vine) will indeed grow quickly, but it is important to remember that it can reach 60ft quite rapidly and is a bit of a thug. I would not recommend them for growing over fence panels as they tend to end up being more than you can handle and the sheer weight of the plant can damage the fence. Instead, try small flowering Clematis or Lonicera (Honeysuckle) for rapid but manageable growth.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 25, 2002
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