#SPOTLIGHT on Virginia Creeper Red Wall Troki – also known as Parthenocissus Quinquefolia Troki
Climbing plants can be divided into many sub-sections and one common way of differentiating them is by their method of climbing. Here we’re focussing on the creepers – these have their own way of clinging on to walls and structures by using small ariel roots or suckers to adhere to the surface.
At this time of the year in the UK one of the finest displays of the deciduous climbers is underway – the crimson shades of Virginia Creeper are a perennial delight. These vigorous climbing plants will cling to fences, walls and tree stumps, they are incredibly easy to grow and will tolerate most situations, sun or shade, moist or dry soil. A most useful climber especially when any unsightly structure needs beautifying, Parthenocissus Quinquefolia will tolerate dry soils (once they are established) and will grow from the narrowest spaces, often appearing to grow from a crack at the base of a wall. They don’t branch out so much so if you have a length of wall to cover it’s a good idea to plant several specimens.
An added bonus is this these vines produce purple fruits at the end of Autumn that are adored by the birds – encourage wildlife into your garden – take a look at our range of Plants for Wildlife.
They will clamber and climb, turning bland walls, boring fences and potting shed roofs into soft green screens which turn fire engine red in the Autumn. Parthenocissus Quinquefolia will also work very well in combination with other climbers – why not mix with Evergreen Jasmine – to get a magical mix of evergreen leaves, lush deciduous leaves, autumn blaze of crimson and the flush of scented flowers – a sensory heady mix!
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