Holdfasts

Some vines, like climbing hydrangea, Boston ivy, creeping fig, wintercreeper, and trumpet vine, attach themselves with small, rootlike structures along their stems called holdfasts. These vines thrive growing up slightly rough surfaces like bricks, wood, or stone. You can even hide unsightly chain link fences in several seasons with a combination of ivy or wintercreeper (both are evergreen, so they look nice in winter) and trumpet vine (for color and attracting hummingbirds in summer).

Holdfasts can wend their way into porous surfaces like the mortar between bricks, eventually breaking down the mortar.

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