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The crimson glory vine


by Adam Pasco

When I first saw the wonderful combination of ornamental vine and ivy, I had to replicate it in my own garden.


ap-171108-vitis-ivySome plant combinations just work perfectly. When I first saw the wonderful combination of ornamental vine and ivy, I had to replicate it in my own garden. All I needed was a couple of bare fence panels (which many, many gardeners have) and two readily available climbers - evergreen Persian ivy Hedera colchica 'Sulphur Heart' and deciduous Vitis coignetiae, the crimson glory vine.

What fantastic partners. Ivy is a valuable screening plant, clinging to almost any surface, and relishing challenging sites and situations, from dry soils to deep shade. But while 'Sulphur Heart' provides the foil, it's Vitis coignetiae that adds the colour. Its bold green leaves open in spring, and rampant new shoots spread out in all directions. Then, as cold weather kicks in, the green leaves take on the fiery colours of autumn, stealing the show before they fall. But all is not lost, as the falling vine leaves reveal ivy beneath, finally on show for the winter season.

I love it, and heartily recommend this simple combination for cladding bare spaces and obscuring eyesores.

Do suggest any other planting combinations that have worked in your garden - I'm sure we can all benefit from sharing our success stories...



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Gardeners' World Web User 18/11/2008 at 09:57

I first saw Vitis coignetiae when Carol Klein featured it one Friday on Gardeners World and I just had to have it. I have planted it on my bare fence panels and now having seen this combination with the ivy wish I'd thought of that. It's not too late though, looks like another trip to the garden centre for me.

Gardeners' World Web User 31/10/2010 at 07:48

IVY IS INVASIVE, ITS HARD TO CONTROL ,IT IS NOT EASY GET RID OF, WHAT ELSE CAN I PLANT WITH MY CRIMSON GLORY TO GIVE COLOUR WHILE DORMANT, HAVE HAD A FEW MOMES WITH IVY AND DON,T WANT ANY MORE EVEN THOUGH IT ADDS BEAUTIFUL GREEN FOLAGE, I WOULD RATHER THE DORMANT STAGE OF MY VINEA

Gardeners' World Web User 01/11/2010 at 12:33

Probably best to just grow the Vitis on its own Suzie. I do like ivy, but it does need to be kept in check!

Gardeners' World Web User 30/03/2011 at 04:16

how do I get rid of green ivy left to take over garden for several years by the looks of it. Have identified source but ivy has taken root and the ground is covered. It's a big job in a big garden. I really need to do a good job on them, Any useful tips will be welcome.

Gardeners' World Web User 28/11/2011 at 18:37

Earlier in the autumn I was admiring Vitus vinifera 'Purpurea' with rich rich burgundy coloured leaves, entwined with this was a delicate pink rose possibly 'New Dawn'. They enhance one another beautifully. It must be said this vine starts the year with silvery leaves which gradually turn to deep red.