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Question: wall to be covered


I have a wall to cover with a creeping vine. The wall is to the north and never has sun. Cultivation in full earth, evergreen and with colorful flowers. I am in the hills at 400mt Valdagno (Vicenza).
Question:
1) Between Clematis, Jasmine and Passiflora what is the most suitable for the characteristics of the place and needs. Are there any more suitable climbing plants? Thanks and best regards GC

Answer: wall to be covered


Dear Glaucus,
the choice of the climber depends on how much brightness the wall receives, despite being placed to the north: if in fact you want a beautiful luxuriant and full of flowers, it is important that the plants receive at least a few hours of direct sunlight every day, otherwise they will tend to bloom little.
The false jasmine is definitely indicated (trachelospermum jasminoides), it is a beautiful full-bodied, dense and dense, evergreen, with dark foliage, healthy and very luxuriant; it has quite rapid growth, and a single plant in the ground can cover most of your wall, producing flowers from spring to autumn, very beautiful and even fragrant.
The passionflower is another very vigorous climber, which lives in any area, without major problems, so much so that it is sometimes considered a weed; in the area where you live you passiflora caerulea, the most common and widespread one, will have no problem in winter; the more exotic and rare varieties, on the other hand, have a different behavior, depending on the species, and might slightly fear the cold, be sure to buy them before buying them. This climber is semi evergreen, or if the winter is decidedly very rigid it tends to lose part of the foliage, which then reappears at rising temperatures; if placed in the complete shade it tends to bloom only sporadically.
The clematis is a climber, there are various species, some even evergreens; some are very luxuriant, and tend to widen a lot; the species and varieties with very large and showy flowers tend instead to be quite thin and delicate, and to have a fairly moderate development; all varieties with the most striking and particular flowers lose their foliage in winter, and often lose part of the branches' tips, which dries up.
The choice between the three plants depends very much on your tastes, and on what you want to achieve after a few years; you can also think of putting a nice fake jasmine to cover the wall, with some large and colorful flowered clematis at the base, to make the whole more lively.
I remind you that none of the plants you indicated produces organs capable of anchoring on the bare wall (as ivy would do), but to make them climb along the wall you will have to place guardians; it is sufficient to stretch thin steel cables, from the ground to the roof.