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Can we talk about wisteria?

Asked by Dutchess_III (44097points) 1 month ago

I have such grand plans for this little house.
We have a 12 X 7 dining room off the kitchen. It has a slding glass door leading off to the side yard. I want to install French doors in its place.
The entire house will be floored with laminate wood flooring, except I want the dining room to be floored with laminate that looks like marble.
I have beautiful dining room furniture to put in there (antique.)
I want to build a patio off of the French doors where grown up could go to drink coffee or tea or just hang out.
And I want to build a section over head for wisteria vines that can be seen out the French doors.

What do you think about wisteria?
I’m in Kansas.

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ragingloli's avatar

I hear it is very good at warding off demons, because it is poisonous to them.

kneesox's avatar

I love wisteria. If I came to your house and you offered me tea on a wisteria-covered patio, I would be charmed out of my mind. Do you have a spare bedroom?

Dutchess_III's avatar

You got the idea @kneesox!

Tropical_Willie's avatar

It can take off and be invasive. I have mine on a Garden Pylon Trellis in the front yard. Something like this

Dutchess_III's avatar

I would love to see wisteria everywhere!

Dutchess_III's avatar

So wisteria is like Kriptonite to you Raggy?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Something like this

zenvelo's avatar

Be at peace with sweeping the blossoms as they fall. When in bloom you may have to sweep every day, and not get upset when you open the Fren\ch Doors and a whole bunch of blossoms cascade onto your fancy floor.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Or not sweep.

anniereborn's avatar

Oooh I love it !

smudges's avatar

Sounds (and looks) gorgeous! Go for it, I say!

Dutchess_III's avatar

We’ll have to have a Fluther tea party. Or beer. Whatever!

JLeslie's avatar

I’m not one too ask about flowering plants, because all it means to me is bees flying around.

I will point out one thing about French doors that is probably obvious, but I’ll go ahead anyway. French doors you need to leave room for them to swing, so you can’t have furniture near the doors. Moreover, if you like to leave the doors open you can’t put a screen on them and in the breeze they might not easily stay ajar.

French doors are seen as an upgrade to sliders, but in most cases I prefer sliders, especially if they can pocket. In your climate you might never leave them open, so your situation might be much different.

gorillapaws's avatar

Wisteria is really beautiful, but I heard it can damage structures. I say go for it, but it’s a good thing that you’re doing your homework.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I won’t even worry about it. I don’t rake leaves in the fall any more.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

I don’t even know what that is. Some kind of plant, I presume? So whatever flips your wig. If it feels good, do it.

YARNLADY's avatar

Please choose a native plant, not an invasive one.

rebbel's avatar

Do realize though, that the sound it makes might give you a weird walk experience.
The marble in laminate form.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’m only going for the look.

JLoon's avatar

If I had to choose between wisteria and hysteria…

Wow – tough one.

jca2's avatar

A friend has a pergola that had beautiful wisteria growing, but the downside is the stalks are thick and really need to be kept at bay with aggressive pruning, and she said bugs would fall from above when you’re sitting beneath it. Her husband ended up cutting it way back recently, to let the light in and to eliminate the bugs. The vines are really thick and needed to be sawn.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Thanks @jca2.
Well back to the drawing board.
What vining plants would anyone suggest?

smudges's avatar

Morning glories? They’re beautiful, too. But that’s all I know about them.

gorillapaws's avatar


Dutchess_III's avatar

I was just going to suggest morning glories!

Honeysuckle. I’ll look it up. We’d have humming bird! Good suggestion @gorillapaws!

gorillapaws's avatar

Also in VA we have a native plant called the Rose of Sharon (not actually a rose—it’s in the hibiscus family and a perennial). While not a fullblown vine, they get pretty tall and might also be worth checking out as a compliment to whatever you go with.

Edit: they’re not native.

raum's avatar

@jca2 Man, you are ruining the illusion. Whenever I walk by a patio draped with wisteria, I always imagine how lovely it would be to sit underneath. My imagination did not include bugs falling on me. :/

raum's avatar

@ragingloli Imagine what a killing nyuk demon slayers would make selling wisteria essential oils.

zenvelo's avatar

Kudzu is a beautiful vine and requires little care! Beautiful pinkish purple blossoms!

JLeslie's avatar

^^No, I completely disagree. Kudzo should never have been imported. It covers our forests. Just my opinion, we can disagree.

zenvelo's avatar

@JLeslie I was being playful, not serious.

Dutchess_III's avatar

The word “kudzu” makes me shiver! Talk about invasive!

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