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Old 07-27-2005, 02:30 AM
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Flowering Vines to Cover Chain Link Fence?

Hello. I just discovered this site, wow! I did a search to try to find some suggestions without luck so I thought I would ask here.

I will have about 200 feet of 3 foot high green coated chain link fence with green powder coated posts and hardware. I would like to plant something that would be a perennial and climb the fence and hide it. Ideally the fence would disappear over time and the vines would produce red flowers that would attract hummingbirds. How far apart should I plant these vines?

I know I am asking a lot, thanks for your help! BTW I am in zone 8.
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Old 07-27-2005, 11:05 AM
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One I've been really pleased with is Millettia taiwanensis. Mine went to the ground last winter here in NC but has put out strong growth this spring and summer.
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Old 07-27-2005, 11:59 AM
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For situations like this, I like to plant what's referred to as a "vine mosaic". Basically, you plant several different kinds of vines, some deciduous, some evergreen, and bloom at different times of year. You can plant them 20' apart or 2' apart, depending on how long you want to wait to get coverage. I'd recommend planting on, oh say 6' centers. Here are a few of my favorite vines that should do well in your area:

- Kadsura Vine (Kadsura japonica 'Fukurin')
- Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata)
- Silvervein Creeper (Parthenocissus henryii)
- Moonlight Hydrangea Vine (Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Moonlight')
- Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
- Evergreen Clematis (Clematis armandii)
- Sweet Autumn Clematis (Clematis paniculata)
- Red hybrid honeysuckle (Lonicera x) -- the hybrids don't get invasive
- Cardinal Climber (aka Cypress vine) is an annual but readily re-seeds

Vines to stay away from: Wisteria, trumpet vine & akebia (Wisteria will crush your fence & the latter two can make pests of themselves)

Check those out & good luck to you!
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:01 PM
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Oh, one more out of the box idea:

Plant a weeping blue atlas cedar (Cedrus atlantica 'Glauca Pendula') up against the fence & train it along. I've done this a few times... talk about cool!
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Old 07-27-2005, 12:26 PM
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Campsis radicans is Creeping Trumpet Vine. Keep in mind that most things that will cover your fence quickly are likely to want to take over the entire neighborhood as well. One of these per post will have that covered in just a few years.

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Old 07-27-2005, 04:08 PM
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Honeysuckle would be ideal for attracting hummingbirds
but, keep in mind it's invasive quality.
http://www.freefoto.com/preview.jsp?...&k=Honeysuckle
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I've spent my entire career getting rid of vines of all sorts.....Not about to suggest a vine to plant........LOL
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Old 07-27-2005, 10:22 PM
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Jasmine would be my first choice, after that Trumpet Vine, or Joseph's Coat of Many color climbing roses are awesome along our fence. We are zone 9, so in 8, any of the above will werk.
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Old 07-28-2005, 01:28 AM
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Wow! Thanks for all the replies! Glan, you really made me chuckle. The covenents in the development strongly discourage fences but do not outlaw them and we rescue Bichon Frise dogs. Since they are only about 12 to 15 pounds (we now have 3) a 3 foot fence would be enough. If I hide it the "architectural committee" is more likely to approve the plans. Sounds like I will have to keep the suckers pruned back though. Thanks again everybody. I will probably have a couple more questions before this is over!
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Old 07-28-2005, 09:41 PM
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There are a million Clematis with red flowers. 'Niobe' is stunning, super vigorous, and hardy in your zone. Clematis Texensis Group 'Sir Trevor Lawrence' is super cool too.

trees' idea of combining vines will give you the most bang for your buck.

Trumpet vine meets your criteria but should be quarantined with asphalt and concrete as it is a menace to all civilized plants.

Wish I could grow Jasmine on a fence Bill. Love that scent...
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Old 07-29-2005, 01:06 AM
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The cool thing about Jasmine is they will make a live privacy fence/wall in glossy green. It will take a few years but basically stunning choice.
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:43 PM
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questn Chinese Evergreen

I just purchased Millettia Taiwanensis (Chinese Evergreen Wisteria) at my local Lowes and was hoping it would work for a small arbor, like regular wisteria would. I don't want something that is invasive though, and would prefer something evergreen?. Any thoughts on this? I haven't planted it yet so I would love to have some feedback. Kat

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Old 10-01-2009, 06:46 AM
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You might try sweet autumn clematis (Clematis paniculata) It has been blooming here in zone 5 for a month, and going strong.

Another plant I have been using to cover things fast, is hops.
(Humulus lupulus) It is very fast growing, and you might be able to make your own beer from the crop...

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