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Old 03-04-2021, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Placentia, OC
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So I have a pretty small backyard, surprise surprise i know. I had grass but the grass would only do well in certain parts of the yard so we've decided to just put down pavers up to near the wall and then have something grow on the wall to make it greener, less hot, and have more space for patio furniture.

What are some good and relatively low maintenance ivy or other ideas to keep my backyard from looking like San Quentin (aka lots of hard surfaces)?
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Old 03-04-2021, 05:31 PM
 
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Bougainvillea. It grows like crazy in our climate and looks beautiful, too. Of course it needs to be trimmed once in a while, but anything that you'd want for this purpose would.

Don't even consider anything that doesn't love heat and needs a lot of water.
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Old 03-04-2021, 07:40 PM
 
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Bougainvillea. It grows like crazy in our climate and looks beautiful, too. Of course it needs to be trimmed once in a while, but anything that you'd want for this purpose would.

Don't even consider anything that doesn't love heat and needs a lot of water.
Yep, had some in the yard of my last home.
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Sweet Pea is beautiful & fragrant...

https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...client=gws-wiz
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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I also had trumpet honeysuckle climbing in my yard. Many hummingbirds came around...

https://blog.gardeningknowhow.com/ga...pros-and-cons/
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Old 03-05-2021, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Bougainvillea is beautiful, but it has thorns and lots of litter. You will be raking up the flowers. I would plant star jasmine. Green all year and in the spring it produces the most aromatic white star flowers. Very easy to grow and maintain. Very common in CA and will do very well.
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Old 03-07-2021, 09:06 PM
 
Location: SoCal, but itching to relocate
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Bougainvillea is beautiful, but it has thorns and lots of litter. You will be raking up the flowers. I would plant star jasmine. Green all year and in the spring it produces the most aromatic white star flowers. Very easy to grow and maintain. Very common in CA and will do very well.
I second this recommendation!
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Old 03-08-2021, 06:21 AM
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Check with local nurseries.
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Old 03-08-2021, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Placentia, OC
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Check with local nurseries.
I hear you but sometimes i feel like they know less than many people who live in the area and have nice yards. On the bouganvilla (spel), we had some in the back yard but it's just too space taking. I'm thinking more of something that grows on the wall.
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Old 03-08-2021, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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I'm thinking more of something that grows on the wall.
Don’t plant anything to grow “on the wall”. Use a trellis.
Plant material that can grow on/attach to a wall can and will damage the wall.
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