My main gardening space is a paved area in front of my house surrounded by a white picket fence. I planted a few vegetable and herb seeds in containers there this summer, and from seeing the failing-yet-still-pretty pumpkin vines creeping along the fence, I think next year I'd like to try planting some climbing flowers.
My front garden area is in a sunny location, facing southwest, in a zone 6 region. I was thinking about trying to grow some clematis in a container but I don't know if it would be cool enough at the roots, since there's a lot of heat from the pavement in the summer. I'm also not sure when I'd want to start planting it.
Also I think my goals may be unreasonable- ideally I'd like to have some nice flowers by the end of next season, as I may be moving in a year and a half. Is this realistic?
Basically I would love some info on
- What I could plant in this situation
- When to start on it (can I start now?)
- Would it be possible to get some flowers within a year?
- Any advice on doing this or alternatives if my goals are unrealistic!