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Save Space With Upward Growth
Plants brighten up any boundary and make it a bit more interesting. If you don't have space for a hedge or wall shrub, climbers can be great space savers in a small garden — they climb vertically and won't protrude into the yard if you give them a little care and pruning. In this yard, a fast-growing free climber conserves space, and the planting now seems to flow from the beds to the top of the wall in one swift movement.
Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata), another vigorous climber, is a perfect quick cover on a structure using a self-clinging climber. It is shown here in its green summer clothing, which makes an excellent background for paler plants, but its vinelike leaves give a dazzling autumn display of red and crimson.