What plants to dress up walls and facades?

To dress an unsightly facade, decorate a pergola or a balustrade, climbing plants are ideal.

Here are four to enhance your exteriors.

The climbing hops

Perfect on walls, columns, downspouts and balconies which provide climbing support, the hop climber climbs up to 8 meters and likes sunny or partial shade, as well as nutrient-rich soil and sufficient irrigation.

“Hops are a dioecious plant, with distinct male and female feet,” explains Till Hägele, author of Plants Turbo. The female feet are very decorative and the male flowers arranged in spikes. Deciduous, it grows back every spring and also grows in width. The perennial variety Aureus, whose radiant yellow foliage catches the eye, brightens even dark corners ”. It is a very vigorous plant, to be controlled.

The Aristoloches

Another twining, aristolochia is a particularly easy plant to grow, especially Aristolochia macrophylla. "It produces tubular-shaped flowers with an exotic appearance while its large, heart-shaped leaves hide unsightly elements.

In temperate regions, aristolochs have evergreen foliage. Aristoloches need a lot of water (especially those planted in the south) and a support to flower balustrades, drains, walls and facades.

After planting, they need winter protection. Because even old plants can freeze in harsh winters, but they grow back so vigorously that it's harmless. "

Aubert's knotweed

Fallopia aubertii can climb up to 20 meters and grow 8 meters per year! It sets out to attack any vertical surface to be vegetated. "It is covered in summer with pleasant-smelling white floral spikes, which bloom continuously from July to October, and which bees foraging ...

And in autumn the leaves turn yellow. It adapts perfectly to pergolas, arbors, as well as walls, walls and facades. It requires clear cuts of drawdown so as not to invade its neighbors or separate the gutters for example! ".


It's'kiwi tree. We don't think much about it as a climber and, yet, it works wonders while providing ultra-local fruits! “Its leaves form hearts and their fall coloring is yellow, attracting bees. The delicious fruits appear from October on the female plants (kiwis are dioecious). To be sure of reaping fruit, plant male and female plants ”.

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"This decorative vegetation also provides natural protection against the cold, as well as a regulated microclimate. The vertical flowered surfaces also provide shelter for useful animals and insects until they form a real biotope, ”Till Hägele insists.

To read: Plantes Turbo, by Till Hägele, published by Delachaux and Niestlé.

Claire Lelong-Lehoang

Visual credits: Climbing hops: © Angor75 - Aristoloche: © Vmonet - Fallopia aubertii: © Agatchen - Actinidia: © Foto Grismir - + cover of the Turbo Plants book