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Garden Inspiration: Creeping Fig

Monday, April 29, 2013

Lately I've been focused on our garden and the tiniest details that make a big difference.  Creeping fig is on my radar and actually has been for years.  My local garden shop plans to get some in and my name is on the waiting list.  My plan is to plant some on each side of our front entrance to cover the risers on our steps.   I have read that you should only use it on masonry and never on wood surfaces.  The area where I plan to use it is really small and quite manageable should the vine have invasive tendencies.  I'll be sure to post pictures as soon as possible, but until then I thought you might enjoy some pretty garden inspiration.


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In other news, we installed new shutters over the weekend.  I'm so excited to share pictures with you, but the weather isn't co-operating today.  

15 comments:

  1. http://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/gardens/creeping-fig-home-garden-00417000067657/

    I know it grows very fast. I see it a lot on the historical homes near me, it is beautiful. Grows on concrete, brick, however will ruin wood so you should be fine. Good luck!

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  2. Those are gorgeous pics. I had no idea what creeping fig was... I'm very much the gardening novice, but you've peaked my curiosity! Can't wait to see what you do with it.

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  3. creeping fig is everywhere in our neighborhood. my neighbor planted it on her fence and low and behold it took over ours too :) it grows quickly and should it go where you don't want it to its easy enough to rip off by hand. cant wait to see pics of your new shutters!

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    1. Good to know that it is easily removed - especially if the neighbor likes it more than you do :).

      René

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  4. Amazing how I have been misled. Had I seen any one of those photos I would have 'assumed' the plant was ivy. I don't have any exposed brick but I do have a little area of concrete foundation under my front stoop that could use some covering. Great idea! Thanks.

    Sami

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  5. I love that look, I have always wanted to have vines growing around my plain looking garage doors to, well hide the fact that they are plain looking garage doors. However, I have always heard that vines growing on the house is like having an ant highway to your house if you don't keep them trimmed away from the eaves. Keep us posted on how yours are doing at your house.

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    1. Housedressing, We have several vines growing on our house and have not seen any "critter" issues so far. It is something to be on the lookout for though. Thanks!

      René

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  6. Creeping fig is a new one to me, Rene. I love a good vine, and I'm curious to see how you use it and to learn more about it. Also, so exciting about the shutters! Can't wait for pics!

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  7. Very pretty look but I'd be a little nervous about rodents. It sounds gross but I once had a pest control guy tell me you should never have any trees or vines touching your house because the rodents love to hang out in there. Maybe not? I don't know but I'd check it out first.

    In any case, it sure looks pretty :)

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  8. I adore ivy...my husband despises! It is so romantic...he says it destroys the structure! Oh well. What's a girl to do!

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  9. Our ivy tries to grow on the risers of our porch and I'm always keeping it trimmed ~ what was I thinking? That looks beautiful! I'm going to try it, thanks Rene!

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  10. I think there is nothing more "romantic" in house jargon than ivy or creeping fig all over the walls!! xo

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  11. I love that it has a very Euro feel to it - looking forward to seeing how it does for you.

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  12. We have two full walls of it on our patio. I love how it makes the patio feel. It is quite a job to keep in control, though, according to my husband.

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  13. Creeping fig is the best.....love how little and petit it is:)

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