Vines – An easy way to add visual appeal and reduce your electric bill

A favorite with ‘green designers’, covering a building with vines like ivy, bougainvillea, wisteria or climbing rose is seen as a way to add sustainability and beauty to the exterior of any structure.  The plants absorb carbon dioxide and radiate oxygen while keeping the structure cool during summer.  In addition, the natural facade also provides wildlife habitat and lends visual appeal.  However, care needs to be taken to choose vines that do not weaken the structure nor damage the surface.  Before you embark on such a project, it would be best to consult with a ‘green designer’ to choose the vines that best suit your structure, climate and geography.  Here is a curated collection of easy ways to use vines on your exterior.

An apartment house with a striking bougainvillea creeper
An apartment house with a striking bougainvillea creeper

 

idyllic window with roses in Tuscany, Italy
idyllic window with roses in Tuscany, Italy

 

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Beautiful porch decorated with flowers in Tuscany, Italy

 

The classical architecture of the Greek cities - with its narrow streets, blue door on the white buildings and flowers at the entrance!
The classical architecture of the Greek cities – with its narrow streets, blue door on the white buildings and flowers at the entrance!

 

Ivy clad house in the Dordogne region of France
Ivy clad house in the Dordogne region of France

 

View of the front door of a home in Cadaques, Costa Brava, Spain
View of the front door of a home in Cadaques, Costa Brava, Spain

 

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