Question From: L. Macey - New York, New York, United States
Q: About 10 years ago I planted 4 Virginia Creeper plants in 2 raised beds beside a board fence along the edge of a deck (south exposure) in hopes they would grow up over that fence (10ft) and across a horizontal trellis(8ft) to provide deck shade. After a few years of good growth, the leaves have become increasingly sparse, there has been a lot of winter die back and during the summer, much wilting of new growth and established leaves, accompanied by leaf drop. I have used a sulpher spray numerous times suspecting a fungal attack, as the summer problems are often associated with damp weather. One of the plants died. Is this a lost cause? If so, any suggestions for a vine which will provide shade in these circumstances and be less problematic? I live in Nova Scotia, zone 5b/6a, I believe.
I can't tell what the summer issues are. Root Shield is very effective against fungal diseases. If the vines are exposed in winter, die back will happen. You might try a burlap screen. A sweet autumn clematis may be the answer to your problem. They grow like maniacs. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy