The house is only a year old so it's not time for major rennovations and additional insulation. But i thought that planting some sort of leafy vine to cover that wall would cut down on the heat penetrating into the bricks. I'm in Ontario Canada (zone 5). The most suggested vines at local nurseries are virginia creeper and boston ivy. I was justa bout to plan a couple of these along the back wall of my house but now i'm not too sure after reading some of the vine eradication posts.
1. Do these vines ruin brick walls? They're supposed to cement themselves naturally to the wall. Does this damage the wall or not? I've heard conflicting opinions.
2. Are these vines difficult to control? I naievely assumed that the vines would have only one entry into the ground (the original plant) and all i would have to deal with is the climbing vines. I never considered underground offshoots. Will it spread by roots or only the climbers?
3. I still think this is a good way to control the sun penetrating into the brick. But is there anything else i should be aware of before planting these vines?
Any thoughts appreciated.