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dianejnichols
Longmont, CO

September 20, 2010
7:45 AM

Post #8109395

Well, I guess I am on the opposite side of the fence. I LOVE Virginia Creeper. It used to cover the screened in porch of my great grandmother's house in NEVADA...yes, it grew beautifully in the desert where few other things would grow. I have also used it on fences in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Now we live in Colorado in USDA Zone 5 and I have found VC grows and winters over here too. I have used it to shade a west facing front porch and on a fence in another house and now have it growing alongside of a small fiberglass waterfall in my front shade garden on the north side of our home and I have 2 started that I hope will eventually shade the south face of our home and make our family room a little cooler in the summer. So far, it sure hasn't become too invasive for me! We also recently put in a storage shed and I will probably put some on the hot south facing side of it.
xstemboatr
Virginia Beach, VA

September 20, 2010
4:15 PM

Post #8110380

I grew up in Denver and now live in Virginia Beach (Zone 8a). Every time I go back to Denver I am amazed when I see Virginia Creeper all over the place !!! I consider it to be an invasive weed in my garden and pull it up every chance I get. But, I still have the mindset of a Westerner ... so, go for it. If it feels good, do it (LOL). Jan Eaton
ThouArtMonarch
Douglasville, GA

December 20, 2011
11:00 AM

Post #8936987

I think it is a good native species to support native songbirds. I read in a birding guide that bluebirds eat the berries in the fall & winter. I guess our Lord made this plant tough to provide food & cover for all the birds & other native critters in nature. I have started a native garden myself & I am looking foward to planting virginia creeper if I can find any.
I'm tired of buying bird seed & attracting roaches at my house with bird feeders. If I plant more fruit producing natives, that problem will be solved. I'm not like most gardeners, I don't have to have a neatly manicured landscape where everything is under my control. I want a naturalistic garden with thriving native perennials, shrubs, & trees. I hope to get my yard wildlife habitat certified & monarch way station certified!!!! Happy gardening!

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