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Colours in the Facade Garden

Facade Greening can make walls bright and colourful. Not only flowers bring colour; leaves in their autumn hues do too! Even the fruit "jewelry" that some bushes wear bring colour to the walls. Even just the spectrum of green tones in a leaf wall can be beautiful. And it is important to remember: greening facades sounds like work-- because it is! Without regular care and cultivation, all tips are a waste.

Clematis and roses ornament this façade garden


Rose, clematis and wisteria are the counter-design to wild vines; they bear beautifully coloured flowers! Trellis fruit often produce fruits AND flowers, and with different plant combinations, a quite individual facade garden can be created. The selection of suitable climbing plants is determined by flower colour and duration. Rambler Rose, for example, blooms wonderfully, but most trellis plants present for only 2 -3 weeks a year. Annuals, however, often blossom over months when given proper fertilization and water. Fragrance and plant location also factor in, as does the health of the plant: Rose and clematis-- robust varieties that are in demand-- will keep the garden cities alive and not let them die out as they have in the past.

Leaf Colouration

In autumn many leaves change colour before they fall off the trees, and whole house walls then shine in glorious technicolours! Climbing hydrangea, grapevine, trumpet vines, dutchman's pipe and also wisteria often change their colour to yellow {amber}. Reddish colourings take place primarily on sunny walls. Boston ivy and virginia creeper change colour also. Some plants produce white, yellow, or pink areas because of "variegation" on the leaves already in summer...for example, different types of ivy, wintercreeper and kiwi. The facade garden can be designed for that colourful effect.

Three-lobed Boston ivy
Autumn colouring of three-lobed Boston Ivy

Fruit like Jewels, as Decoration

Some climbing shrubs present brilliant coloured fruit, e.g. bittersweet, scarlet firethorn and cotoneaster.  These colours will remain, even over the winter. The grey seed tufts of clematis can also still provide contrasts in the facade garden after the blossoming time is over.

Bittersweet with Berry "jewelry." Nature's ornaments...
Bittersweet with Berry Jewelry

Green Tones in the Facade Garden

Dramatic or strident chromatic contrasts are not always called for; shades of colour are also interesting, e.g. the contrast of young and old sprouts. Even mixed green plants -- "green in green" -- can be thrilling in the facade garden!

Picture Gallery: Flowers in the Facade Garden

Here you can see a selection of blossoming plants on the walls; in most cases, the flowers look this way only for approximately 3 weeks in the year. Please click on the photos!

Short blossom time : Wall greening with Clematis Montana
Facade garden with clematis on the trellis
Flower splendor with clematis on wire-cables
Facade greening with climbing roses
Once a year splendour: the blooming Rambling Rose.
The annual Gold Honeysuckle is full of flowers
Some species are even fragrant: Nanny-Goat leaves (Honeysuckle)
Drainpipe greened with Climbing Trumpets
Big area greened with wisteria
Wall climbers, older and hearty climbing hydrangea
Blossoming facade garden in winter: Winter Jasmin
Perennial blossoming, one-year creepers: Morning Glories
Annual bloomer: Brown-eyed Susanne

Picture gallery: Facade greening and autumn colours

Some examples of coloured autumn foliage of different climbing shrubs.

Autumn leaves of wild grapes at a German beer garden.
Building greening with wild grapes in the late autumn
Courtyard greening with graduating autumn colouring, wild grape vine,
Autumn colouring of wisteria
Gable greening with wild grape (red) and Dutchman's Pipe, on left- wisteria
Autumn street greening with climbing hydrangea
Wild grapevines (Vitis Coignetiae) on an extended growing wall with rope nets, storehouse St. Benno Verlag in Leipzig/Saxony
Crimson glory vine (Vitis Coignetiae) on a fence with autumn foliage