Vines to cover chain link fence

Asked March 28, 2018, 12:08 PM EDT

Hello. I would like to grow vines along a nearly 50 ft chain link fence in Sharpsburg. The fence goes east/west with plenty of sunshine. What would you recommend, please? How lovely to be able to ask you this question.

Washington County Maryland

1 Response

Some perennial deciduous vines to consider include:
Lonicera sempervirens, Trumpet or Coral honeysuckle. This is a native honeysuckle and there are some cultivars available.
Gelsemium sempervirens, Carolina jasmine
Clematis species. There are many cultivars.

Some annual vines to consider include black eyed susan vine, cardinal climber, and cypress vine.
See the publication Native Plants for Wildlife Haabitat and Conservation Landscaping for more ideas. https://www.fws.gov/Chesapeakebay/pdf/NativePlantsforWildlifeHabitatandConservationLandscaping.pdf

Most vines like a moist soil and you will have to pay attention to watering during dry periods the first year. You can top dress with compost and mulch with no more than several inches of mulch and keep away from the base of the stems. It will take several years for the root system to get established and put on a colorful display of flowers.

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