Spectacular fall colour.


If you’re not a fan of (the possibly only slightly brutish) Engelman ivy (Parthenocissus quinquefolia ‘Engelmannii’), here’s one of the biggest reasons why they’re worth planting.  Isn’t that colour fabulous?

Mine grow up and along a stucco wall and completely fill in some open spaces near (and, as you can see, occasionally “on”) the junipers…I do prune them once a year, but for the most part I just let them go to town.  The whole multi-purpose groundcover/vertical filler thing works beautifully for me.

Which climbers are tops (!) in your garden? Which ones do you regret (or stay far, far away from)?


    • I’m glad you were able to take in some wonderful fall foliage! It was a great year for it, I think.

      We’re under snow now, even though there are still a few leaves left clinging. But a Chinook wind is on its way so we might have dry ground by the end of the week. 🙂

  1. I think the one that I had in my last home in the Arizona Mountains was called Virginia Creeper and it turned red like that in the fall. I was thinking about that a few weeks ago but don’t have a place for it here. I miss those colors.

  2. I love these vines too, but don’t have one in my garden. My only climbers are clematis… unfortunately the wild one also finds its way into the garden and that grows really tall if you let it!

    • I love clematis and have planted two of them that are struggling mightily – it doesn’t help that the lawn service seems to single them out for inappropriately-timed “haircuts” every year. Ah, the joys of gardening in a public place! I am always thrilled to spot the wild ones whenever we go out hiking in the woods, but they definitely can get HUGE – I can see why you’d want to keep it down to size in the garden. So pretty, though!

  3. Ahh, Virginia creeper, beautiful in the fall but a real thug. I try cutting it back and pulling out its root system under some young cedars and an old Austrian Pine – sometimes twice a year – but barely make a dent in its progress.

  4. I like climbers a lot. We have a hops vine that is just too amazing for words, a wisteria that shows promise, some pretty nice honeysuckle, and a climbing hydrangea that refuses to flourish. But none have this beautiful red foliage in autumn!

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