Ipomoea batatas (AKA Sweet Potato Vine) is overused in today’s landscape. It is almost like the Hemerocallis of annual display. I see it everywhere walking down the sidewalk in New York. The people in charge of the 34th Street planters scattered about Herald Square plant it every single year.
We planted this Ipomoea in the beginning of July. Now, in mid August it has lept past the confines of its planter box and started to grow across the rooftop parapet and into the other planters. Rightly so, this creeping vine is in the same family as morning glories which seem to have no limits.
I have to say, though I am sick of seeing this plant used because it is an easy selection, it really is a work horse in the garden. It gave this planter color, texture, and a feeling of being lush and full without needing a lot of attention. It is resistant to a lot of common rooftop garden pests too. The moral of the story is use it for impact, but work it into a larger scheme in the garden that features more unique and unusual plants as a centerpiece.