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Hi there gardeners!

I had an idea for a music video that's about nature reclaiming the earth. Basically it involves seeing a big city being taken over by enormous plants that shoot out of the ground and cover and curl round everything man has made until there's no evidence he ever existed at all. 

Now I was thinking that this would have to all be CGI, and maybe it still will, but I was wondering if this effect could be realised in real time; Would it be possible to plant the right kinds of seeds amongst small models of city locations to achieve an effect like this?

Ideally I want it to look the way Angor Wat and the other temples in Cambodia do (see attached picture). As if man himself has long gone and the skyline just consists of dilapdated half-leaning skyscrapers with patches of rust and moss covering everything.

I know it would probably take months and months and a lot of trial and error but I just know that if it could be done right it would look absolutely spectacular!

So, is it at all doable? Although I'm sure it's obvious I just want to make clear that I know very little about gardening! 



HI, figrat has beaten me to it !  If you go with this one get stocked up with a good weedkiller ! 

Some clematis are quicker than others.

If you want to add triffid amongst it all ,  then go for ...... what I call the giant Thistle it will grow a couple of metres tall , problebly with a dollop of horse muck around its roots will  grow gigantic even more . I wiil try to find the name for it . The plant itself grows  with grey felty leaves and prickles looks good, you may need to stake discreetly , it will branch out from the main stem . Iy has big purple thistle flowers. at the momant all I can think of is the " scottish thistle "  but I will check this out .

Another you might use are "Cardoons" similar though I think it was known as a veg in the victorian times . They ate the young leaves .


Annual climbers might be better, you'd get it done in a season the. (or perennials that die back each year). A viticella clematis, runner beans,


I know it's not the kind you asked for, but the unfurling of a fern is rather beautiful and fairly rapid.  I'll have to think of other plants.



Lucky 3 I think you are thinking of Onopordum acanthium, the scotch thistle. It's a biennial though so unless it's in its second year in a large pot it's not going to flower this year.

Eccremocarpus could look good scrambling over a  small model.  The frost would kill it so no problems with it afterwards.

How big are your buildings going to be   6 inch or 6 feet.?



Also.. if you paint the models with yogurt, you'll get moss growing on it pretty quickly, which might look very good, behind the plants growing. Other than that, you could use something like Vetch, a very small fast growing climbing annual. Because the model will be small the small leaves of vetch will look in proportion as if they are big. Rather than something big, which will look huge in comparison to the small model if you get my drift. 


Just out of interest ( or not) onopordum means ass fart, referring to the effect it has on donkeys who consume it.


also... if you want something to smother the building, bindweed would be your best bet.. but with caution if it got loose it's a pain in the ass to get rid of. 

Other less nasty option would be morning glory i guess. 


Oh bindweed's a good idea! I suppose ground elder could be effective as well. A use for perennial weeds at last!

hollie hock

How about morning glory, I put a stick next to one afternoon, by the evening it had attached itself right round it


I was thinking of hops - they grow almost as you watch them.  White and Black Bryony would be good too 


fidgetbones, Yes  that rings a bell , your right , thanks  . I have just renamed them . see above !

Just for reference check out the short film "ruin" if you havn't already...

Russian Vine if you're not worried about it spreading. They don't call it Mile a Minute for nothing. I know from experience. Mumbly years ago as a naive but enthusiastic gardener I asked the bloke at the garden centre to recommend a climber to cover a fence. Took a lot longer to get out than it did to cover the fence 


Wow I wasn't expecting such a big response! Thanks for all the amazing ideas and linking me to those videos, that's definitely the look I'm going for and I just know seeing real plants will be 100x more impressive than CGI. We're still a long way off from making it but I will definitely be referencing this thread when we do. Cheers everyone!

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