You are either thinking…
‘My gosh she has even more yard than I thought!’
‘Carol and Mike were on another road trip.’
It is…option #2, road trip. This is a perfect example of a picture being worth a thousand words. I can tell you Boston Ivy is beautiful in the fall, but then, I no longer need to do I?
Even now, December 1st, ours is appealing against the back of the garage. If you get one of these, only do so if you really mean it. This truly is one plant, probably 5 years old. It grows. And grows. And grows.
The brick is sturdy enough to hold it and the bricks sustain no damage, even if we simply rip some off in an effort to ‘trim’ it back. Another surface might not fare as well.
Boston Ivy takes no special care and can pretty much grow anywhere. Ours gets heavily trimmed each spring, and still takes over the garage wall. In the right spot, Boston ivy can even be an ecologically correct choice, shielding the house from the summer sun. Here, at the University of Chicago Campus, it looks like the ivy won. Be careful, be very, very careful.
Note that we are beginning a transition here. It is the time of year when hardscape (the wooden trellises and urn against my garage) have a noticable presence. Other times of the year, they are simply a backdrop. Not anymore.
This is an installment in the OhWhatAWednesday series, where I dare to take on the task of finding something in my garden that looks good each week through a Chicago winter.