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.