LivingRoofs.org reports that “The most commonly used species for wall-greening are ivy (Hedera sp.), Russian-vine (Fallopia sp.) and Virginia-creeper (Parthenocissus sp.).” Other plants may be used too; as environmental designer Susan Loh points out in this pdf, your options depend on your region’s climate and plant availability. If, for instance, you live in the American southeast, you may wish to check out the list here.
DO NOT USE IVY!!!!! It is an invasive species and is responsible for choking out more plants and habitats than is conceivable! http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/invasives.html
Choose NON-INVASIVE, but aggressively growing plant that does well with little water (i.e. drought-tolerant). The “right plant, right place” theory is what you should have in mind when picking something out. Think of the conditions it will be growing in, your climate, its horticultural needs and whether or not you can provide them. I live in the PNW and I would use Parthenocissus quinquefolia-Virginia Creeper (which is not a true ivy despite its other common names), or Evergreen Climbing Hydrangea (requires pruning), or a Cotoneaster trained to climb.
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