Block Wall Covering
I am very excited about finding this forum. I should have started here.
I live in South Chandler and I just finished my landscaping about a year ago on a new build. I was looking for some wall covering ideas when designing the backyard and my landscaper suggested Cat Claw.
My plan was to have the entire wall covered with something green. So I planted 62 Cat Claw plants spaced 4 feet apart. They grew more up than out. And now that I've seen more mature specimens in other yards, I see that I'm probably not going to get what I was looking for. They seem to collect on the top and leave the bottom not looking so great.
Also, most of the Cat Claw on the North facing wall died during a freeze last year. It is now growing back, I suspect I am always going to have that issue. The plants on the West facing wall never really took off, too hot I guess.
So the question is, what now?
Do I pull all the Cat Claw and start over?
Here is what I'm looking for:
1) A plant that covers the wall rather evenly. I don't have a problem putting attachment points on the wall if that will help with picking the right plant for the job.
2) Frost resistant
3) No thorns
4) Less debris is better. Some of this covering will be near a pool. I would be fine with picking multiple plants for the job, as long as it sufficiently covers the wall.
5) There is only about 2 feet of depth to plant in.
6) Drip nozzles are already installed every 4'.
7) Fast growing would be nice, but not a necessity.
8) Nothing poisonous to kids.
9) Regular trimming required is ok.
This will be for the North, East and West facing walls.
At my old house I planted honeysuckle and yellow bells alternating along the East facing wall and that worked out pretty good, though the yellow bells eventually overtook the honeysuckle. The yellow bells were pretty messy, too, so that wouldn't work by the pool, but maybe alone one of the other walls.
I was also looking into bamboo. From the research that I've been doing on this site, it looks really expensive and may not give me a full wall covering.
Any thoughts or ideas about how I could accomplish hiding this block wall would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!