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Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper indeed must be the most spectacular vine for fall colour. Beautiful green foliage that is lush but subtle all season, burst forth in an Autumn display that is truly spectacular. It is a fast growing deciduous vine for full to partial sun that can cover an old shed or unsightly fence in a couple of seasons.

Our first Virginia Creeper at our old house on Country Aire Drive attracted a lot of attention as it scrambled over our small greenhouse with its gorgeous green leaves but not a hint of a bloom. While all the clematis' had taken the first dance, our Virginia Creeper subtly waited, letting the clematis and the wisterias have the lime light, quietly bowing out. Finally in the late summer she showed a little ankle in the form of tiny white flowers. Many a neighbour would, in kindness, ask what we had there and "Oh yes, then what will it do?

"Don't rush," we said, "You'll be best to wait and see," was our defence for our beloved creeper. After the wisteria blooms were long since forgotten and the clematis flowers were fading, still the lush green foliage of our Virginia creeper remained just that, lush and green. Then suddenly all at once, the whole side of our small greenhouse lit up in a blaze of colours fiery red, crimson and orange, all the colours of the most spectacular Autumn sunset.

"That," we said, " is what she will do."

...Experience the Joy of Gardening!