Adding A Vine To Our Roof Garden


The Brooklyn Botantic Garden Plant Sale kicks-off tonight. Our roof garden is now almost full, so we won’t be hauling as many plants home this year. Still we will have our eyes open for a couple of less-common plants — special plants we can’t easily find at a local garden center or farmer’s market — that will solve specific problems in our garden. This summer, one of our goals is hiding the chimney in our garden with a lush vine crawling up a trellis. While our neighbors have had luck with a wisteria, we’re thinking about either a honeysuckle or a climbing hydrangea.

Matthew’s blogged about how great his climbing hydrangea grows and a couple of garden center sales people have told us that honeysuckle has what it takes to grow fast in a harsh, city environment.

For more roof garden plant ideas, check out Better Homes & Gardens list of 15 Best Plants for Rooftop Gardening.


2 responses to this post.

  1. We’ve had especially good luck with our Japanese “moonlight” climbing hydrangea; it sticks to our wall more vigorously than our other varieties. I also recommend trumpet vine or the native cross-vine bignonia, which has beautiful orange flowers. I’ve never tried honeysuckle, but our neighbor had mold problems with his.


  2. I don’t have a whole lot of experience with vines. However, when they are done correctly they add so much to the entire atmosphere. They are beautiful and hopefully you can get your vine to work.


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