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Question: climbing plants in the garden


Hi, I recently bought a house with a garden, but on one side of the garden there are pipes attached along the wall horizontally, in this part of the wall I would like to put a vine to cover these pipes.
I would like to know which creeper or which plant to put that grows within a year, in order to cover these tubes.
I thank you in advance, waiting for your reply.

Answer: climbing plants in the garden


Gentile Nella,
in your request, do not indicate the height at which the pipes are placed, so it is not easy to suggest which creeper can cover them quickly in a few years, nor even tell us what those pipes are for: if it is a service pipe of the house, which therefore transport gas, water or other inside the house, it is essential to take care of such pipes, which will also have to be replaced periodically over the years; in this case, therefore, it is perhaps advisable to conceal them with a plant that can, if necessary, be moved or cut, without damaging it permanently.
For this reason I would advise against any kind of ivy, because surely this plant would cling tightly to the pipes, perhaps even ruining the internal covering; in the same way I do not recommend wisteria, because despite being a beautiful plant, although it develops long shoots in the first year after implantation, if a wisteria wraps itself around something, it surrounds it more and more closely, and the probability that over time the plant go to ruin the tubes are very high. So if the tubes are functional, not decorative, then I do not recommend ivy and wisteria.
The climbing plants are generally all quite vigorous and fast-growing, so you should have no problem covering the pipes; you can use a plant that in Italy has always been widespread, it is often called evergreen jasmine, but in reality the botanical name is trachelospermum jasminoides: it is a vigorous climber, with a beautiful evergreen foliage, dark and shiny, which starting from late spring produces a real cascade of white flowers, similar to jasmine, even for its scent.
Or you can think of a passion flower, which in addition to being vigorous and almost impossible to kill by the winter cold, also has an unusual appearance, and really special large flowers; passiflora caerulea is very resistant to frost.
Even partenocissus is a typical creeper that is used to cover the walls say sa, but loses its leaves in winter, and it seems that your pipes are also present on the house in the season.
If you live in an area of ‚Äč‚ÄčItaly with a mild climate in winter, you can also use a bougainvillea or a jasmine (a real jasmine, of the genus jasminum).
All these plants are certainly better if the wall we are talking about is exposed in a sunny position, for at least a few hours a day; if instead it is in the shade, then you can see cascading blooms, but only a few flowers here and there.