Posted: Sep-25-2004 at 4:13pm
For something that grows fast and is pretty easy to control, I have had good luck with Kennelworth ivy, when it gets overwhelming, I just rip it off. It has cute bitty two toned purple flowers and the scallopy leaves range in size depending on fertility and location from about 1/2 inch across to a full inch across but it really scoots along the wall, finding nitches to grow in and out of. I let that grow while waiting for the vining geranium to fill in over the top each year. There is a prostrate verbena??? that also looks good growing over the edge of the wall--a little further area each year.
Posted: Sep-25-2004 at 5:46pm
Billardia likes to twine so I am not sure whether this will take to draping well or not. My guess is it won't. But there are so many cool plants that do! Rosemary 'Irene' is so beautiful draped over a wall especially when she blooms her beautiful blue flowers. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
Perhaps we should start a thread about good wall drapers?
Posted: Sep-27-2004 at 9:00am
The threads a good idea. Seems like their are lots of rainysiders with walls! I could use some new ideas. I want that rosemary. That is gorgeous. I love the blue! So- far I haven't had a rosemary that I didn't just love! I have a low growing purple variety I just moved to my new bed. (Info long lost- googling today- says alot for keeping records.) I don't know if it drapes, but I want it too. Seems it was recomended for rock walls, 'cept I put it in my herb bed. LOL. It is a favorite of little skippers.
I'm experimenting with clematis on the wall CJ. I just planted 4 diff. kinds on it this yr. I guess time will tell......
Posted: Sep-28-2004 at 8:08pm
I googled Irene and it is indeed lovely. I looked for it this weekend but didn't find any. I did however, pick up prostrate rosemary 'Haifa' which has a pale blue flower. Found them on sale for 99 cents and took the last fourthey had, but will be keeping my eyes open for 'Irene'.
I also moved some non-thriving creeping phlox from another area and I think they'll do better on the wall.
Posted: Sep-28-2004 at 10:42pm
HL, Irene is fun as you never know when she is going to bloom. I have her blooming in the dead of winter, or wait this year she is blooming in spring. Oh look there she is in bloom in summer. And right now she is blooming in fall. She is so funny and beautiful.
Here's a picture of this lovely. You can order it from Wayside.
Posted: Sep-29-2004 at 9:31am
thanks for the info Debbie- I have some dry spots that I am wanting to add plants to, this would be perfect. Beautiful plant! After googling for my rosemarys, I'm not sure what kind of plants mine are. The leaves seem to be different. I guess I'll take pics and post to see if anyone knows. I love the tall and the low grower that I have. As I said- goes to show you that it is good to keep track of what you have. I haven't used this one for cooking... so I apparently have forgotten?!
Posted: Sep-29-2004 at 12:44pm
I moved this to a new thread so we can discuss draping plants for walls.
If you have a big enough area I would suggest some of the clematis that don't climb and like to flop over everything. Clematis stans is one but should be close to where you walk as the diminutive, light, true blue flowers need close up attention.
I think Clematis Petit Faucon™ 'Evisix' would be divine draping over a wall. I force it up onto this post but I have to hold it up with twine. I am seriously thinking this is going to be replanted over one of my rock walls.
Posted: Sep-29-2004 at 9:13pm
Good Idea....hmmm...I have a clematis 'New Love' in my driveway circle garden where it is kinda lost among larger things...maybe will try that up top of the wall....
Posted: Sep-30-2004 at 8:06pm
Ohhh her comes my clematis obsession... Wow is that a Beauty! Hmmm. Got to put her on my want list! Three ft. is perfect for sure for the wall. Did I miss how big her blooms are?? Not that it matters a whole lot. LOL.