I was talking with a home inspector yesterday about a property and he said that the ivy growing up the side of the home needed to go… ASAP. I protested.
But a Climbing House Garden is so European!
It’s one of my favorite things about Europe, I practically squeaked. (I’m learning quickly that my voice goes up three octaves when really important things like foundation cracks, leaking roof, and Climbing House gardens are at stake.) Of course the next thing he had to mention were bugs, rot, and rodents. That’s so unfair!
Who wants a climbing rose or a wall of ivy on their house when you bring up pests and extra expenses?
So, is it really worth the risk? That’s what I was left wondering. Probably not, but today’s roundup of homes are not helping the practical side of the argument. Surely all the people living in these homes don’t have bugs crawling all over them?
Still, it’s definitely something worth considering. I even wondered if a detached trellis that isn’t attached to the house might be a great solution. An arbor is another contender. My mom has both and she has a mix of jasmine, roses, and morning glories growing on hers.
Multiple plants that bloom at different times of year will keep a trellis or arbor colorful all year long.
What do you think? Would you risk putting in a Climbing House Garden on your home? Have you?
via Candice Elaine