Some of these plants have been given other names, including ampelopsis and parthenocissus, but they are treated here as one group. All do well in ordinary soil. Their flowers are insignificant, but the plants are grown for their outstanding foliage effect. Slow growing for the first year or two, after which they can cover a building. The leaves are deeply divided and a fresh good green when young, turning to really strong reds in the late summer and autumn.

Vitis coigneliae, leaves 1 ft. across, a beautiful tendril-climber.

V.    henryiana, leaves variegated with white and purple, self-clinging, best on a west or north-west wall.

V.    inconstans (usually mistakenly described as Virginia creeper), self-clinging, wonderful colouring.

English: Wilde Wingerd Virginia Creeper Parthe...

English: Wilde Wingerd Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

V.    quinquefolia (Virginia creeper), a self-clinging climber which, like many other kinds, has brilliant autumn leaves.

V.    vinifera purpurea, a purple-leaved grape vine, tendril clinging.

11. January 2013 by Dave Pinkney
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