When I tour gardens in warmer climates and see creeping figs—Ficus pumila—crawling along walls I become extremely jealous. Here's a lovely specimen in Jennifer's garden in Austin, Texas.I visited Jennifer's garden during the Austin Fling, in 2018 (blog post here). I recall posting photos of the creeping fig and being told I shouldn't be jealous, after all their foliage turns hard, dark, and less attractive as they age. Perhaps this is an older version? I still think it's quite fetching.
And when it looks like this, well, I am quite smitten.
So when I heard of a "hardy" version at Cistus Nursery (thanks Evan and Michelle), well, I had to give it a try. Here it is planted at the base of the wall that frames our patio, just to the side of the stairs.
It goes by the name Ficus pumila 'Monier's Hardy', this is what Cistus has to say about it: "This little creeping fig, from a most lovely Oregon garden and shared with us by Paul Bonine, has thrived through many winters of the Willamette Valley cold pocket. As with the species, plants can be used in sun or shade to cover a wall with densely held, 1" leaves, eventually producing branches of larger, 3" leathery leaves. Eventually produces figs that neither appear nor taste appetizing. We think this will survive in a mid to upper USDA zone 7 garden but mulch in case."
And look at this! We have connection. It's actually growing on the wall now., I am thrilled.
Fingers crossed it continues to thrive...
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