Well designed and maintained vines on a wall can improve the appearance of a building by adding texture and beauty. We are fortunate to have some very nice vine-covered walls in the Mt Airy – Chestnut Hill area. While most people are familiar with the evergreen English Ivy, Wisteria and Boston Ivy are deciduous vines that are better suited for building wall covers.
Here are several examples of seasonal changes in Wisteria and Boston Ivy covered wall in the Chestnut Hill – Mt Airy area.
Robertson in Chestnut Hill has a beautiful Wisteria vine covering the E Highland Ave side of their wall. Here are photos of their vine-covered wall in summer and winter of 2011.
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Staples in Chestnut Hill has a Boston Ivy covered wall. Boston Ivy is also deciduous, so here are summer and winter photos.
Laurel Gardens in Chestnut Hill has a Boston Ivy covering a tall building wall.
PENNDOT’s E Mt Airy Avenue Bridge is actally 2 spans separated by a large concrete structure that is not very attractive to E Durham Street, Sprague Street E Allen’s Lane neighbors. Vine covering improves the appearance of the north side of the bridge.