creeping vine for external brick chimney

evelyn1422February 18, 2012

I need to enhance the front of my house, specifically the brick chimney. The pictures I have seen of creeping fig ivy suggest that it is difficult to control and needs biannual shaping and grooming. What other vines might possibly work, flowering or otherwise and would climb up 20-25 feet or so? There is also partial shade and the house faces west. Thanks for your input.

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louisianagal(z7bMS)

What about Climbing hydrangea? It holds onto brick all by itself. What about a climbing rose like New Dawn. You would have to put some kind of wire guides on the brick I think. The Antique Rose Emporium (find them online) can give good suggestions on cl. roses.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2012 at 11:05AM
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evelyn1422

Thanks so much louisianagal--I appreciate your help. Don't think I have enough sun for roses, but I will look up the hydrangeas.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2012 at 1:14PM
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jcalhoun(8b Mobile County AL)

How about coral honeysuckle? It's evergreen and hummingbirds like them.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 5:53PM
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jamesmaloy

If you do not have full sun, What about one of the many types of ivy? Also if it can grow 25-30 feet the creeping fig can be beautiful. Once or twice a year pruning is not much care.

James in Florida

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 12:44AM
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bigoledude(SE Louisiana)

If the partial shade is due to trees on your property, you can thin-out the canopy very slightly and let in a lot more light. The trade-off is you might save money by stopping some of that blasting evening sun from hitting your house.

The little ficus you mentioned doesn't require a lot of pruning compared to most climbers that I'm aware of. And, it holds on tenaciously! We have many beautiful old New Orleans homes utilizing that great little plant and I love every one I see.

    Bookmark   January 15, 2013 at 4:57AM
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