Sometimes the hardest part of designing a garden is narrowing down the many options. Take my brick wall, for instance. This brick wall is part of the winter garden. A wall with no windows. And it is one of the first things that you see when you drive up to my house. So, the gardener in me decided it needed plant material.
I chose to put a holly hedge to cover the width and length of this wall. It has taken 10+ years for these dwarf Burford hollies to reach the top of the wall, which is about 8 ft tall. I am thrilled that my wall of holly is finally starting to look the way I envisioned it when I planted it all those years ago.
Now I just have to figure out how to keep it trimmed without falling off the ladder!
Of course, decking a wall with boughs of holly is not the only option. I decided to go back through my photos to see how many ideas I could find to spruce up a blank wall.
Here is a vine covered trellis on one of my brick walls:
Here's a 'false window', with an ivy frame. You could also do this with a mirror. I've also seen pictures of quirky terra cotta faces hung on a wall and framed in the same way. I bet you could think of lots of different and interesting things to frame with ivy.
It would be very festive, and add just a touch of romance, to use Christmas lighting in a diamond design with ivy growing along it. (I have just the spot to give this a try!)
Of course, you have the choice of an evergreen ivy, or a deciduous ivy that turns a beautiful shade of red in the fall.
Then again, how about some blooming vines instead of ivy? Clematis is popular. A climbing hydrangea would be beautiful if you have the right shade conditions. Moonflowers would be lovely. I love my crossvine, but it needs a lot of room to spread:
Instead of vines, you may wish to have a wall filled with climbing roses.
Or, why not try vertical gardening? You could fill the entire wall, of just hang some small pots:
For another romantic touch, and some soothing background noise, try a wall fountain.
No photo, but I drive by a wall frequently that has a pyracantha espaliered upon it. It is beautiful. I would love to find a spot to do that!
I need another wall!