Recommended vines for brick house in MB?

Discussion in 'Vines and Climbers' started by bartake_15, Jul 12, 2007.

  1. bartake_15

    bartake_15 Member

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    Winnipeg, Canada
    Hi, I'm new to this so I'm posting on the Hort Board.

    I am looking to provide a pleasant update to the exterior of a 2.5 story brick building in Winnipeg MB. I am currently looking at vines growing on the exterior of the building as an attractive option. However I have a few questions about them.

    What are some vines that are good to grow in a MB climate (preferably low maintenance)? (I've heard Virginia Creeper is beautiful in the fall)

    Are there many problems related to a vine's root system cracking the foundation or cracking through the mortar joints on a house? If so are there preventative measures that can be taken?

    Can growth be controlled with wooden ladders/grid?

    Are there any other problems with growing vines on the side of a building that I should be aware of?

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    As for the possibilities, check out the vines section in the Jeffries Nurseries catalogue.

    I don't think any of the vines that are possibilities can cause problems with building foundations.

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