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Question: I live in the Dallas area (hot!). I have some trees planted but still have exposed single-story brick walls that need shade from direct sun to help reduce cooling costs. The walls have flower beds at their base about 2 feet wide and face West. What would be a good plant to cover the walls but not look too messy in the winter if they are deciduous. Evergreen plants would be fine if their is something suitable.

Answer: Frank,

That is a challenge. I might try a clinging vine such as trumpet creeper (very vigorous), or Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)(needs a support to climb on.

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