Growing climbers through shrubs and trees

Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and really looking forward to chatting to like-minded folks who love birds and other wildlife. I discovered the concept of gardening for wildlife (I wish I had done sooner!) and I'm trying to make my small suburban garden as useful to wildlife as possible. I have some shrubs which have very little value but removing them would be difficult so I thought I'd try growing some flowering climbers through them and I'm hoping to get some advice. Has anybody tried that with success and could recommend good varieties? The worst waste of space are a pink hydrangea and a lemon cypress. Then I have a couple of large choisyas and a Japanese aralia (fatsia japonica). The dark choisya is moderately attractive to pollinators when in flower in spring but for the rest of the year it doesn't contribute much. Aralia is supposed to be good for late season nectar but I've never seen any insects on it and it's also huge. I've done some research on clematis and am thinking of trying some alpinas, recta and heracleifolia, maybe something else. Will it work?

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  • Hi Ania and welcome to the forum, we're a relaxed friendly group on here so pull up a chair !     it's good to hear you also enjoy watching birds and attracting wildlife/birds to your garden; you seem to be making such great efforts to ensure your garden is an inviting place for all manner of wildlife.   You may find this post from Higgy helpful for plants suitable late into the season;   Higgy also has a blogspot which is very interesting with lots of ideas for plants HERE        

    If there is any way to incorporate water feature - even a small barrel or old enamel sink which you can plant around it will be sure to attract birds.   Maybe a small crab apple (Malus) tree if you have room, Cotoneaster and perhaps Berberis which although has spiny thorns does provide good cover for birds and protects them from predators including cats !      There are all sorts of ideas but if you type in to the search box above  "planting for wildlife  or pollinator plants, etc.  " you will find a lot of posts dedicated to wildlife gardening .    Good luck and once again a warm welcome to the community.   

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  • Hi Ania and welcome to the forum, we're a relaxed friendly group on here so pull up a chair !     it's good to hear you also enjoy watching birds and attracting wildlife/birds to your garden; you seem to be making such great efforts to ensure your garden is an inviting place for all manner of wildlife.   You may find this post from Higgy helpful for plants suitable late into the season;   Higgy also has a blogspot which is very interesting with lots of ideas for plants HERE        

    If there is any way to incorporate water feature - even a small barrel or old enamel sink which you can plant around it will be sure to attract birds.   Maybe a small crab apple (Malus) tree if you have room, Cotoneaster and perhaps Berberis which although has spiny thorns does provide good cover for birds and protects them from predators including cats !      There are all sorts of ideas but if you type in to the search box above  "planting for wildlife  or pollinator plants, etc.  " you will find a lot of posts dedicated to wildlife gardening .    Good luck and once again a warm welcome to the community.   

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