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This is such a great backdrop plant to have in the garden. I use it in my own garden to cover a shed. This young plant has put on good growth this year in time to display its beautiful rich autumn colours. *The plant was named for the Irish plant collector Augustine Henry (1857-1930) who discovered the species on his tour of Central China in the 1880s. (*Wikepedia content)

The white veining on its leaves sets it apart from the more common Virginia Creeper, although still beautifully resplendent in its own autumn colours. P. henryana first came to my attention when I was a student at Capel Manor and I am still as delighted by this plant now as I was then. Inexpensive to buy and a plant that brings pleasure and richness to a garden for many years.

Botanical name: Parthenocissus henryana
Other names: Silver-vein creeper, Ampelopsis henryana, Vitis henryana, Chinese Virginia creeper
Genus: Parthenocissus
Species: P. henryana – P. henryana is a self-clinging climber with velvety foliage (with white veins running down each leaf) turning bright red in autumn. Less vigorous than other Virginia creepers and can be used on a north-facing wall. Parthenocissus henryana is: Deciduous
Flower: Green in Summer
Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; White, Dark-green in Summer; Red in Autumn
Habit: Climbing
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

If you would like to talk with me about a new planting plan for your garden or a bespoke Dingly Dell, please do feel free to get in touch, my email is judi@judithegardener.co.uk. For gardening development and maintenance enquiries (North-East London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Enfield) please telephone 07818 005773.

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