The wall on the north west side of our house is clothed with a vigorous climber Parthenocissus quinquefolia. It is probably better known as Virginia Creeper. It’s an attractive foliage plant year round with striking leaves – five arranged in each cluster – hence the quin part of the Latin name. Right now this plant is Looking Good! In autumn the leaves change from green to brilliant red.
We chose Parthenocissus quinquefolia mainly because it needs no support and also because it is easy to grow in most situations. It will grow in sun or shade and can cope with exposure to strong winds which we experience because we are close to the sea in an open rural position on top of a hill. Virginia Creeper can grow twelve metres or more in ten years. Ours has already reached the roof and looks like it has the vigour to keep on going.
Parthenocissus is a self clinging climber. Take a close look at Virginia Creeper and you can see that there are tendrils with tiny suckers which attach the plant to the wall. At first they are green then they turn quite brown. You wouldn’t believe these tiny suckers have the strength to hold up such a huge plant until you see them in action. It’s amazing.
And so is the autumn colour. Brilliant red leaves and stalks and if you look closely you’ll see tiny flowers too.
I must admit that I take this climber for granted for most of the year but in autumn for a few short weeks this climber sometimes takes my breath away with the intensity of colour. It is stunning.
I would love to know what’s looking good in your garden this week. It seems that the automatic linking system I have been using for the past few weeks was not popular so this week please just send a comment with a link to your post then we can all take a peek at your garden or neighbourhood.
Thanks for reading and joining in.
Happy Gardening. Gillian 🙂