Creeping fig hardy in Huntsville? (Zone 7)

meadow_lark(7)December 14, 2005

I have just purchased a couple of large wire topiary forms, and I would like to put them in my shade garden this coming spring.

I am thinking about creeping fig - but I'm not sure if it's hardy in Huntsville. Anybody know?

If I can't use creeping fig - can anyone recommend another "small-leafed" vine that's hardy in my area?

Thanks... Meadow Lark

"It's beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS..."

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Josh(z8a)

Meadowlark, not sure if Creeping Fig would be hardy in your area. Even in central AL it sometimes loses leaves and partially dies back unless against a house wall. Maybe would do fine in a protected entryway or porch.

Best evergreen I think would be a tiny-leaved Hedera helix cultivar. Also the English Ivy to me is easier to clip and covers faster as it sprouts new stems from almost every node. Keep your eye open at nurseries but you might find a nice one at grocery or box stores...I've picked up a few unusual ivies even at this time of year, some variegated, some turn burgundy in winter. Of course I never pass the plant shelves anywhere without looking! Good luck. josh

    Bookmark   December 16, 2005 at 2:16AM
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rjbman(Z-6 NE Ala)

I have creeping senility here in zone 6, does that count ?

RJ

    Bookmark   December 18, 2005 at 10:14AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Meadow Lark, Ficus pumila would be border line in our area. I've seen it in a few locations, micro-climate kind of sites. And it doesn't really thrive, just lingers. And as Josh mentions, it is given more protection if grown on a wall (which is where I've seen it). Do you have an unheated porch or similar area where you could store the topiaries for the winter?

F. pumila can also be grown as an indoor plant, if given plenty of light and coolish temperatures. (It would thrive in my home, as we keep the thermostat waaayyy down!)

    Bookmark   December 20, 2005 at 11:27AM
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ourhighlandhome

Without knowing the size/shape of the topiary, how unheard of would it be to use cotoneaster, particularly 'Streibs Findling'? Just a thought...

Merry Christmas!

Nelson

Here is a link that might be useful: Cotoneaster 'Streibs Findling'

    Bookmark   December 20, 2005 at 8:57PM
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meadow_lark(7)

Nelson,

LOVE THE PLANT you suggested. I'm going to look into using it!

THANKS! Meadow Lark

    Bookmark   December 29, 2005 at 9:19AM
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topsiebeezelbub(z7 Al)

It doesn't look to me like that cotoneaster would grow up a frame...do you intend to stuff it with moss and plant it directly? I would stick with the ivy. My creeping fig either sulks or dies.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2006 at 1:34AM
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