green wall

Discussion in 'Vines and Climbers' started by timezone, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. timezone

    timezone Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toronto
    Hi

    I have a very big south facing red brick wall. It is a church so it has 4 large gothic windows. The wall is roughly 60x20 feet. I would like to build a green wall so that it can help with cooling in the summer and heating in the winter . My questions are

    I want the leaves to drop in winter( so that the sun can heat the wall) but I don't want the plant to have to re-grow every year. I believe I would want a deciduous ivy correct?

    What is the fastest growing deciduous ivy that drops its leaves early say late november and that doesn't have a big woody root system that might damage the foundation

    Can ivy damage the wall if it is let to grow on the wall or should I grow it off the wall on lattice say 1 foot away?

    Will it actually make the wall heat more is it is on it( no air movement)

    any option for off wall lattice for such a big wall

    best distance from the foundation for off wall growing

    many thanks
     
  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

    Messages:
    11,065
    Likes Received:
    309
    Location:
    Britain zone 8/9
    Ivy is evergreen, there's no such thing as a deciduous ivy.

    Your best choice would be Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) or Japanese Creeper (Parthenocissus tricuspidata).
     
  3. timezone

    timezone Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Toronto
    Thanks Michael

    I doing some research on the web some vines were referenced as Deciduous broadleaf..being a newbie I took their word for it.
     

Share This Page