Thursday, July 11, 2013

Homes with Vines

Not my house! {Find photo here}

I am lucky enough to live on almost 6 acres about 9 miles away from a wonderful city (which was also just rated as THE safest according to Farmer's Insurance and Sperling's Best Places) in a gorgeous traditional, brick home built within the past decade. The problem is that I wanted the 100 year old farm house. I know, I know. Wah, wah. Cry me a river. I am by no means complaining AT ALL but what I am trying to do is soften up my brick home with vines, gardens, lots of plants, and possibly a pond much later on down the road.

So I've been doing research on what plants are native to my city. I have a local nursery here that has a great website where you can specify "native" species. Of course you can plant whatever you want but native species thrive in their natural environment which can mean they don't require as much water or tending to as a non-native species. I've got a million things going on with 10 sheep, 2 kids, 2 jobs, lots of work travel for me and Country Bloke, a jardin potager, this blog, one mother living with me and a partridge in a pear tree! Needless to say, I do not have time to care for much else.

Some of the native species to my area:

I really like the flowers on this one.

Campsis radicans - Trumpet Vine

I grew up in Texas where honeysuckle was in abundance. I miss it.

Lonicera sempervirens - Trumpet Honeysuckle 'Blanche Sandman'

I read that Virginia Creeper will literally tear your brick house apart. I don't think I'll be going for this one but it looks quite beautiful in the autumn.

Parthenocissus quinqefolia - Virginia Creeper

Here's a picture of Virgina Creeper:
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I also found a great article with lots of excellent advice that I didn't even think about. If you are interested in training a vine to climb your exterior brick walls, read this first:

I'm definitely still on the fence on whether or not I'm going to plant any vines to climb my brick walls. If I do, I'm keeping it native.

Some inspirational pictures:

Heaven {Find photo here}

I love the red shutters! {Find photo here}
This is so beautiful {Find photo here}

So pretty {Find photo here}

It kind of seems like a maintenance nightmare. Maybe I'll try planters and place them around the outside of the house:

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They had this puppy listed for $239 at Cheap Garden Planters! Are you kidding me? I'm pretty sure I could build something like that with some free pallet wood. Hmmmm. Next project maybe? 

BTW, anytime I write "I could build", I am completely lying. That would be "Country Bloke could build". It's just easier to type "I". Haha.

Here's another one I'm pretty sure I could build too:

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I shall keep thinking about it and I'll post some photos of the spots I think the vines would look really good in. Please share your thoughts with me!


  1. I always thought those old southern homes with the lavender colored wisteria all over it were the most beautiful thing ever. I think it makes everything seem so whimsical and happy.

    I think the house in this link is gorgeous!

  2. Oh man. That house is gorgeous with the wisteria. Maybe I can talk Country Bloke into that...