Virginia creeper is one of the most stunning autumn plants. This fast-growing vine turns bright red and orange toward the end of the year, providing a dramatic flame-coloured display. You’ll need somewhere that it can really spread out. Be careful though, as its suckers can damage woodwork.
Native to North and Central America, Virginia creeper is popular all over the world, usually grown across the front of grand houses. It’s evergreen, so it provides colour year-round, but the most spectacular is in autumn. It will grow in sun or shade, though, surprisingly, you’ll get better autumn colour if you grow it in shade. Please be aware that this plant requires a fair amount of upkeep. It spreads extremely quickly and needs regular pruning to keep it to the size you want. It can take over nearby weaker plants, so it should be planted away from smaller shrubs and trees. It’s a demanding plant, but one that deserves the attention.
Did you know?
The name parthenocissus means ‘virgin ivy’ in Greek, though it’s actually not related to other ivy plants.