Garden questions to Lodewijk Hoekstra: Which climbing plants do well in the shade?

What a weather last week! I too seek out as much shade as possible and my garden sighs under the heat. The work in the garden is limited to watering it well, for something else it is far too hot. Dont wait too long for the plants to brown completely and water them every couple of days, otherwise they really get a hit and some of them die.

I prefer to water in the evening, so that the garden remains moist until the next morning. At night, the natural condensation that forms on the leaves helps. Because I have green roofs, I also give this water, because although the sedum as a succulent plant can have a lot, in case of extreme drought it is advisable to water it now and then.

Everything of course with ditch water, because we have to be careful with tap water. In some provinces, because of the many uses, nothing comes out of the tap. That is why it is also better to give the occasional splash by hand instead of running the irrigation system for hours.

This week Afke would like to know how to brighten up a wall with flowering climbing plants while there is little sun. Luckily there are also climbing plants that do well in the shade. For example, many clematis species do well in shady places.

Bosrank, the Dutch name, already refers to it. It is a plant that also does well in a wooded area where there is not much sun by nature. The climbing hydrangea and the wild vine are also recommended. The latter does grow quickly, but the leaves turn a beautiful red in the autumn.

You can choose ferns, boxwood or, for example, Helleborus as undergrowth. Such walls or walls are ideal for a birdhouse, because they should never hang in the full sun and there should not be too much rain.

Leo is troubled by nettles in his garden and has trouble weeding them. Well Leo, you can only get rid of them if you also take the roots with you. Take a spade or rake, put it in the ground near the roots and pull.

In this way you push up the soil near the plant and then you pull the whole plant with root shoots and all at once.

Stinging nettles are very welcome herbs for butterflies and many other insects. I myself also have many places with such herbs and so I give nature a helping hand. Sometimes you have to step in and remove certain plants, otherwise it becomes very wild.