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Creeping Fig

Creeping fig is a fast-growing vine that can be used to soften the look of concrete garden walls. The plant’s wandering stems and small leaves create an interesting lacy pattern as the vine grows across the wall.

Creeping fig can be planted in sun or shade, and it has a good tolerance to salt spray. If there’s a freeze, the leaves will turn brown and fall off but usually come back in spring.

You will need to be vigilant with your pruning to keep this vine in check. Plus, the vine’s adhesive pads make it hard to remove from walls, so consider planting it on privacy walls, but avoid the walls of your home.

One of the best uses for creeping fig is in topiaries. Since it holds tight and grows quickly, it can easily cover just about any topiary form.

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