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A couple of years ago, I planted a Parthenocissus henryana against a north-facing, cream-painted wall, as I thought the foliage would look good against this light background, especially in autumn. However, although the plant has grown well, it refuses to cling to the rendered surface, and has to be supported, which is not the effect I was hoping to achieve. I am thinking about replanting it against a plain wooden fence, where even if it doesn't look so dramatic, it will be able to do its cling-thing properly. But are there any self-supporting climbers that can cope with a north-facing rendered wall? Or will anything I grow against it need support?

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  • Posted: Fri. 20th March 2009 22:06

Climber for a rendered wall?

Reply from David Sewell

Dear Mark & Miriam,
I had a similar problem with Parthenocissus henryana myself a few years ago. It too ages to get going and when it did refused to cling to the wall. Whether this is symptomatic of this particular cultivar I don't know.
It might be worth persevering with the genus and instead get hold of Parthenocissus tricuspidata 'Beverly Brook which is an absolute stunner and my favorite Parthenocissus. I've always found them to be clingy…as it were!
An alternative and good old 'do-er' is Hydrangea petiolaris which will tolerate this wall and cling to it. If it's a vast expanse of wall it might be worth considering the hydrangeas cousin Schizophragma hydrangeoides which grows to 40 feet! It looks very similar to petiolaris.
Hope this helps.
All best,
David Sewell NCH, NDH

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 12:56

Parthenocissus -

Reply from Jason Lock

The best Parthenocissus for the job is P. tricuspidata Veitchii (Boston Ivy) this clings to anything if its still long enough. It is the best as far as I am concerned providing large palmate leaves which turn the most spectacular colours in the autumn - it does need watching as it will soon swallow a small house!

Jason Lock MSGD

  • Posted: Sat. 21st March 2009 13:01


Reply from Nicola

Hi Miriam,

Thanks for your question for the panel. I am sure David & Jason would love some feedback on how useful or otherwise thier advice was.

Do you have time to drop him a quick reply? Also the panel may be able to answer any other related questions you may have.

I am wondering whether the forum format works for you? Could it be structured any better for you? Cheers Nicola

  • Posted: Mon. 23rd March 2009 12:16