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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Recommended Vines for a Very High Backyard Wall

Q. I'm looking for a vine to cover an extremely high backyard wall, approx. 10ft.  Backyard has southern exposure and the wall faces east.    I would prefer an evergreen.

A. I don’t like to answer questions about recommended plantss for specific applications. So I handed this question off to Andrea Meckley who loves these kinds of questions.

Bob Morris forwarded your question to me.  For an east facing wall, I suggest the following evergreen vines,
1.  Banks Rose (Rosa Banksea)-semi-evergreen
     yellow or white flowers are nice yet produce debris in spring, needs maintenance once in a while with wayward limbs and suckers
2.  Firethorn  Pyracantha (Pyracantha 'Graberi')
     red berries after spring white flowers may attract birds
3.  Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
     fragrant white spring flowers
if you have a shady wall :
1.  Creeping Fig (Ficus pumilla)
     no flower, may damage stucco when you remove it, no flower
2.  Algerian Ivy (Hedera canariensis)
     VERY aggressive root system, may damage stucco when you remove it, no flower

    All plants will need support to stay on wall.  One place for more information on above plants is SNWA.com under 'plant search'.  Hope this helps with your decision.  Contact me with any other questions or comments.

Andrea Meckley, Certified Horticulturist


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