Chinese virginia creeper
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- Position: partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to August
- Hardiness: borderline hardy (may need winter protection)
Less vigorous than its popular relative, Virginia creeper, this deciduous climber is ideally suited to smaller gardens, where it will quickly cover an awkward area, such as a north or east-facing wall. Unless it is grown in a sunny spot, its autumn colour is less dramatic too, but in spring and summer, its leaves are very pretty - deeply divided, velvety and dark green with prominent white and pink veins. A versatile and handsome plant.
- Garden care: Provide some support until the plant is well established. (This may take up to two years). Once established, tie in stray shoots and prune in autumn or early winter to keep the plant within bounds, paying particular attention to stems that are encroaching on windows, guttering or roofs.
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I would like to grow something over a newly built logstore. The only area I can plant a climber is on the north facing side which gets no direct sunlight. Would this Chinese Virginia Creeper grow in such a place? And if not what would you suggest?
Many thanks,Asked on 26/5/2014 by Zuziazuzek from Harlesden
This plant is tolerant of shade, so can cope with a North-facing aspect, although it will need some sun throughout the day if it is to thrive. A better option would be one of the Hederas, which are very tough and tolerant.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hedera/sort.0/Answered on 30/5/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Hi, I have an east facing wall that gets plenty of sun through the morning. I would like to cover it (5m high) but will need to plant in a container and not in the ground. Would Chinese virginia creeper be suitable and if so what size pot? Any other ideas appreciated. Thank you very much!Asked on 28/4/2014 by Arthilliam from Essex
A plants growth is directly related to the size of its rootball, so if you are looking for coverage of a large area, then the best option would be to lift a couple of paving slabs and plant straight into the ground. Failing that, get the largest pot you can find and opt for something more modestly sized such as a smaller Clematis. You will however also need to provide some form of support - a network of wires on the wall would be ideal.Answered on 30/4/2014 by helen from crocus
Q:Climber for South facing wall
Dear Sir/ Madam, I wanted to order a couple of climbers for a south facing wall. I already have a Virginia Creeper growing but the wall is concrete and looks terrible in the in winter. Have you got any recommendations for an evergreen climber that would grow well on a south facing wall, and also grow with a Virginia Creeper? Kind regards, RolandAsked on 10/12/2009 by s8films
A:Hello Roland, The best will be the Hederas, which are self-clinging like the Parthenocissus - just click on the link below to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hedera/ If however you can put up a network of wires or trellis, then you can choose from any of the following. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 11/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Is my Virginia Creeper OK?
A couple of years ago I purchased a Virginia Creeper. However I am now a little concerned because the plant has remained twiggy, with a small amount of growth (only three shoots up the wall) and the leaves all fall off in the winter leaving just twigs. Should I prune it right down to try and encourage growth and bushiness and, if so, am I ok to do this now or do I need to wait until the winter? I did think that this would retain leaves all the year round, is this correct?Asked on 3/5/2005 by Celia Shaw
A:These are usually pretty tough climbers that grow well once they have had a chance to settle in although that can be spindly when young. They are deciduous, so the leaves will fall off in autumn to leave bare stems over winter. I wouldn't recommend pruning it as this will just set it back even further. However I would try to improve the growing conditions before you dig it up. Feed the plant with a balanced fertiliser, such as Growmore and mulch well around the base of the plant with some organic matter, such as well-rotted horse manure. The feed will help encourage some new growth and the mulch will help to retain soil moisture and improve the existing soil. Then keep the plant well watered in dry weather and hopefully it should produce some more shoots this year.Answered on 4/5/2005 by Crocus
Q:What climber can I grow in a shady area?
I have a blank wall that only gets sun late afternoon. Can you please advise me what I should choose?Asked on 21/3/2005 by william high
A:There are some lovely climbers that would be suitable for your shady wall. Just click on the link below each plant to find out more about that particular one. 'Lonicera japonica Halliana' - pure white flowers that fade to yellow http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1678&CategoryID= 'Chaenomeles x superba Crimson and Gold' - a wall shrub with red flowers http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=780&CategoryID= 'Jasminum nudiflorum' - wall shrub with bright yellow flowers in winter http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1667&CategoryID= 'Schizophragma hydrangeoides' - hydrangea-like white flowers http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4374&CategoryID= 'Hedera varieties - evergreen climbers http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/pl/?q=edera 'Garrya elliptica James Roof' - has extra long, silky catkins http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3880&CategoryID= Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris' - climbing hydrangea http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1665&CategoryID= Parthenocissus - fiery autumnal colours http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=parthenocissusAnswered on 22/3/2005 by Crocus
Q:What can I grow against a north facing wall?
We own a bungalow in the highlands of Scotland which is a holiday home. The front is North Facing on to a natural woodland hill so is quite shady although sheltered. We would like to grow something against the front to provide colour, smell and interest. Can you help?Asked on 6/3/2005 by Pam Lindsay
A:There are a few climbers or wall shrubs that would suit your position (not all are evergreen, but you could mix evergreen with deciduous for more interest): Here are some of the best Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' - creamy white flowers that fade to yellow http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1678&CategoryID= Jasminum nudiflorum - a wall shrub with bright yellow flowers in winter http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1667&CategoryID= Hedera varieties - tough, evergreen climbers http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/pl/?q=edera Garrya elliptica 'James Roof' - and evergreen wall shrub with extra long silky catkins http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=3880&CategoryID= Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris - the climbing hydrangea http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=1665&CategoryID= Parthenocissus - fiery autumnal colours http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?CommonName=parthenocissusAnswered on 9/3/2005 by Crocus
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