The Q&A Archives: Houttuynia Chameleon A Climber?

Question: I have a wall right outside my back door leading to my yard. I would like to plant something other than Ivy to spruce up that wall. I like the Houttuynia but it doesn't say whether it will climb or attach itself to a wall in its description. If it doesn't can you suggest something colorful that will.

Answer: This plant does not climb, instead it spreads with underground runners, rampantly to the point of being invasive if planted in a moist soil. Some self supporting climbers to consider for a wall would include the Euonymous fortunei varieties (Emerald Gaiety is an attractively variegated form), Virginia Creeper, and one of the many variegated forms of English Ivy (Hedera helix).

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