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By Ceefa36

West Midlands, United Kingdom Gb

Hi, can anyone recommend a good climber that will climb and attach itself to the house and last all year? I did grow a virginia creeper (I think thats what is was called) last year which did grow nicely, but did not come back this year. All recommendations welcome.



Does it get sun or shade there, Ceefa? That's important to know - also, is your soil acid or alkaline?

25 Aug, 2010


suprised that the virginia creeper didn't do well, the other in that family is boston ivy, they are both perennials and should survive but as Spritz says it depends on the conditions

25 Aug, 2010


I wrote a blog on Virginia Creepers (Parthenocissus) - I'll track it down for you. You might find it interesting.

If you click on my dog photo, it should take you to my home page. Then go to 'blog archive' and you'll find the blog written in September 2009.

25 Aug, 2010



There aren't too many self-clinging hardy climbers to choose between. Basically you have the various species of Parthenocissus, the Hederas (Ivy's - many shapes, colours and sizes to choose between) and several climbing Hydrangeas.

Only the Hederas and Hydrangea seemanii & H.integrifolia are evergreen though, so if you require all-year-round foliage those are your only options.

25 Aug, 2010


Thanks to all the responses. I am not entirely sure what the soil is like, but the spot is quite sunny, I have a recently planted a honeysuckle in the same spot as last years virgina creeper and this is doing really well at the moment.

26 Aug, 2010


Hi again Ceefa,

Honeysuckles aren't self-clinging - i.e.unlike your Virginia Creeper they need some sort of support such as wires, trellis, etc. in order to climb and cover a surface.

If you are able to, or have already got in place, that kind of support then there are a huge number of climbing plants that would do well against a sunny wall.

26 Aug, 2010

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