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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. 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 maintenance, all tips are 'wastepaper' (as we say in German). 



Rose, clematis and wisteria are the counter-design to wild vines; they bear beautifully coloured flowers! Trellis fruit often produces 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. Rambling roses, for example, bloom wonderfully, but most trellis plants present for only 2 -3 weeks a year. Annuals, however, often blossom for months ('continuous bloomers') when given proper fertilisation and water. Fragrance and plant location also factor in, as does the health of the plant: robust varieties (especially of rose and clematis) 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 vine, Dutchman's pipe, and also wisteria often change their colour to yellow {amber}. Reddish colourings take place primarily on sunny walls. Boston ivyVirginia creeper, and thicket creeper change colour also. Some plants produce white, yellow, or pink areas because of "variegation" on the leaves already in summer -- different types of ivy, wintercreeper and kiwi, for example. The facade garden can be designed for that colourful effect.

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


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

Bittersweet with ornamental berries-- nature's jewels...
Bittersweet with berry 'jewels'

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 branches (light - dark). Even mixed green plants -- "green in green" -- can bring a lot of dynamism to the facade garden!

Clematis and rose ornament this façade garden
Clematis and rose ornament this façade garden

Photo Gallery: Flowers in the Facade Garden

Here you can see a selection of blossoming plants on facades; 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: clematis on wire-cables
Facade greening with climbing roses
Once a year splendour-- the blooming Rambling Rose
The once-a-year Gold Honeysuckle is full of flowers
Some species are even fragrant-- Italian ('Goat-leaf') Honeysuckle
A drainpipe greened with Climbing Trumpet
Large area greened with wisteria
Wall garden with old and mighty Climbing Hydrangea
Blossoming facade garden in winter: Winter Jasmine
Continuous blooming, annual climbers: Morning Glory Vines
Annual continuous bloomer: Brown-eyed Susanne

Picture Gallery: Facade Greening and Autumn Colours

Examples of different climbing plants in their colourful autumn splendour...

The leaves of wild grapes, German beer garden.
The leaves of wild grapes, late autumn
Courtyard greening with graduated autumn colouring, wild grapevine
Wisteria leaves in autumn
Gable greening with wild grape (red) and Dutchman's Pipe; on the left- wisteria
Autumn street greening with climbing hydrangea
Crimson Glory Vine (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, autumn foliage