Burning Virginia Creeper
Virginia creeper is a great climber in my eyes! While it is not as showy and as colourful as other climbers I love the very dense foliage. It also has a great ability to completely hide walls behind a mask of twisting vines and dark green leaves.
I always find the flowers on this climber fascinating and often they are over looked because they are so small. They are so small and then are often hidden among the leaves. Even when the flowers fade what is left behind is quiet interesting to look at too!
The climber really comes into its own in autumn when the leaves burst into a flaming display of red burning leaves.
Unfortunately I don’t think the leaves last long enough once they turn red. The first windy day seems to send all the leaves flying into the air like confetti. I guess this means I should enjoy them before they disappear for another year.
I love this creeper too, there’s quite a bit of it growing at my parents house, along the garden walls and on a corner of the house. Only yesterday I was looking at all the leaves already on the ground from it wishing it would last a bit longer! It really comes into its own at this time of year, such striking colour 🙂
Yes, Virginia Creeper is a great plant to hide behind..my experience has lead me to believe, however, that you have to want to completely hide the structure Virginia Creeper grows on. It’s denseness is a strength but it can be too much in the wrong location.