The one who must be obeyed has instructed my to find a fast growing, evergreen, flowering and reasonably self-supporting climber to cover the front of our house.
The wall in question is south-west facing, and is brick and flint (bottom half) and render (top half). The house is in Surrey and so is subject to English weather but not to an extreme.
I was considering suggesting ivy to provide the evergreen coverage, together with a wisteria trained around the door and windows for flowers and interest. However, I'm concerned that a vigourous ivy (the house is pretty big) would smother and kill the wisteria. Is this true, or am I underestimating the wisteria?
What do people think? Alternatively, I would be very grateful to hear alternative suggestions.
By the way, I know that the wisteria is not self supporting, but I am happy to provide individual supports for the woody stems. What I do not want is to have to cover the whole house in trellis for a plant to climb up.