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Old June 30th, 2011, 01:38 PM
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Vine suggestions?

I added two new structures to my backyard that I would love to grow some vines on, one for privacy, the other for shade for the dogs.

I'm thinking Virginia creeper (I think that's the name of it, the one that turns bright red at the end of the season). Is that a hardy plant? Will it do ok if the dogs pee on it (it's bound to happen), does it grow fast and covers things well?
One of the structures is a 10x12 pergola about 11' high, will one plant planted in the corner do ok to cover it? The pergola is surrounded by pavers so I'm very limited with planting spots.

Any other suggestions? I want fast growing with good coverage, hardy, requiring low low maintenance.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 01:46 PM
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Virginia creeper will grow fast and it's hardy enough that we wage a never-ending war against it here (we're further north than Toronto), but it's not low maintenance. It'll take constant vigilance to keep it in check If you're willing to put in the time to rip out the escapees, though, it does give you thick cover pretty quickly! And as far as I know, none of it around here has died from mere dog pee.
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chico2 has some in her yard--she might be a good person to talk to.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 02:54 PM
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but it's not low maintenance. It'll take constant vigilance to keep it in check
lol I don't mind that kind of maintenance, I meant the kind where if you don't do some thing the plant will die I don't have much luck with plants like that
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Virginia Creeper is probably just what you're looking for, then.
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Choochi,I don't think anyone can kill a Virginia Creeper
We have it covering the back of our house(ugly brick)and a Pergola.
We planted one pot,many,many years ago and it's still going strong.
If you keep after it so it does not grow everywhere it's fine.
You can see some of it in this pic,the Pergola on the right.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 07:42 PM
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That's perfect, thank you Chico!!

I can't kill it and one plant will suffice! Excellent!
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