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What Do You Grow on a Brick Wall?

What Do You Grow on a Brick Wall?

English walls of sandstone or ironstone are very covetable: they are a perfect warm-neutral backdrop for anything that grows. But for those of us who live with brick, life is a bit more complicated.

An old walled garden with mellowed bricks is generally flattering to anything (with the exception of bright red, arguably). Some types of new brick may never calm down though, in which case by all means smother and cover. But with traditionally made bricks—whether old, new, yellow, red, sooty, or clean—let them show through.

Photographs by Kendra Wilson, for Gardenista.

Above: Pale colors seem to work: cream, shell pink, butter yellow. A one-gallon pot of Yellow Jasmine Vine is $18.95 from Brighter Blooms.

Above: Climbers should be well-pruned so that they provide a traceable network over a wall. Pale pink rose New Dawn has no quarrel with old red brick. A New Dawn Rose is $17.50 from Heirloom Roses.

Above: Maintained wisteria allows the brick to show through, as it drapes itself about elegantly. A one-gallon pot of White Wisteria Vine is $24.95 from Brighter Blooms.

Above: Espaliers were invented to clothe brick and they look especially brilliant with spring blossoms and autumn fruit. Not forgetting their winter structure and summer greenery. For more about caring for espaliers, see Espalier in the Winter Garden.

For more outdoor inspiration, visit Gardenista for tips, sources and images of cultivated living.

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Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.

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2:57PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thanks for the article.

12:29PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:58PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I like the fact that the person who selected these, made sure to choose plants whose roots won't damage the mortar.

7:01AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Beautiful photos.

3:13PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

beautiful ideas

6:08PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Very nice,Ivy is a great look as well. Thank you for article,pictures!

9:24PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Some very pretty pictures, thank you. I especially love roses and wisteria.

10:28AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

beautiful thanks!!

8:07AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Thank you

7:48AM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Plant covered walls do look very pretty, especially when the plants are in flower. :)

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