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Hi I am looking for a plant to cover a wall and have been looking at the Chinese Virginia creeper [Henryana]. Now the reason I am looking for this is to cover a side wall to a single level story extension to my house and which borders a green belt through which a public walk-way runs through. Unfortunately in the last 4 years this wall has proved attractive twice to mindless yobs armed with spray cans passing through our area. They are not local. I am really looking for some-thing to cover the last attack which is proving difficult to remove and also as a form of covering protection going forward. The ideal would be some form of Triffid to actually deal with the yobs but I guess I would be trouble should they get what they deserve. The Chinese Creeper sounds ideal but clearly needs control. Does any-one have any views on this and on the best time to purchase and plant out?




Best time is to plant now, autumn, and keep it watered till winter sets in properly. You might find it doesn't cling by itself initially, but it will as it grows. The only negative thing I'd say is, its fine so long as you don't mind heights up a ladder. You will need to ensure it does not get up to the guttering and the fascia board beneath it - it has a tendency to invade underneath or over the top of the gutter, and it could end up in your roof space. But so long as you can keep it pruned when necessary, should do a good job, although its not, of course, evergreen.

23 Sep, 2012


Thanks for your reply Bamboo, much appreciated.

23 Sep, 2012


I find Chinese Creeper slow at getting started. It is also not evergreen. Can you mix it with a nice evergreen Ivy? As you will end up with half a years worth of wall inviting graffiti with something else covering up the wall itself.

23 Sep, 2012


Hi Kildermorie, I looked at Ivy but I understand this can be damaging in the way it attaches it-self into brick work where-as the Henryana uses suckers. Guess I need to reconsider my approach.

Thanks all.

23 Sep, 2012


You're right about ivy, it does damage mortar and brickwork. That said, though, Parthenocissus can cause damage if the brickwork is very old, flaky and needs repointing.

24 Sep, 2012

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