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29/12/2013 at 16:15

We live in a semi-detached which is pebble-dashed. I would like to grow a Virgina Creeper up a South-East wall. I know it is self-clinging but is it safe to grow in strong winds? I don't want the plant pulling pebble dash off the side of the house- the idea is to make it look more beautiful and for the plant to live!

Thanks and a happy new year!

29/12/2013 at 16:26

I've never seen it fall off.

Have you got a plan for stopping it when it gets to the top?

Before it gets under the tiles.


29/12/2013 at 20:08

Melrky 587 it is not acceptable to promote your own business on this forum - advertising should be paid for.  Your post has been reported to the Moderators. 

29/12/2013 at 20:31

thanks for advice- does anyone know of a climber which grows about 12 feet?

29/12/2013 at 20:40

I'd have wires or trellis and grow something that didn't adhere to the wall. That would also dictate how far up it could go. It would give you a far wider choice, roses, clematis, jasmine and all sorts of goodies.


29/12/2013 at 20:44

You're right nutcutlet- was trying to do it the lazy way! Imagine winter jasmine entwined with a summer clematis!

29/12/2013 at 21:40

Or a scented rose under the bedroom window

30/12/2013 at 18:43

Think you're on the right track now! I have Virginia Creeper planted by a previous owner and I hate it. I have to pay someone to keep it under control or it gets onto the roof - too high for me to deal with. It seeds itself where I don't want it, like in my herbaceous borders, it's even in the veg garden. It ignores glyphosate, just goes red then grows back again! I pulled a load up and chucked it on the heap in my woodland and now it's romping off under the trees.

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