One of the best ways to hide a chain link fence is to cover it with a lush flowering plant. Or maybe you’ve got a plain wood or vinyl fence that needs some color, and you’re looking to add something with some pop. Either way, there are many different types of plants that will complement your fence perfectly, and you’re sure to find something here that’s right for you and your fence. Here’s a list of plants that can grow all over your fence.
The trumpet vine is a perennial that flowers in spring. It has large red flowers that are shaped like trumpets, hence the name. It grows very quickly once established– so quickly, in fact, that it will require regular trimmings to keep its shape. Once its flowers fade, it’s still an attractive plant with full, bright green leaves that last the rest of the season. With proper care, your trumpet vine will adorn your fence and yard for years to come.
Few plants are as iconic as the cascading purple wisteria vine. The plant grows quickly — up to ten feet each year — but can take a few years to begin producing flowers. Once it does, though, the gentle blooms are popular not only for their beauty, but also for their scent. Wisteria is especially popular with many gardeners as it is hardy and difficult to kill, so it’s a good choice for all skill levels: from beginners to pros.
The most common variety of hydrangea is a shrub, but it can also be pruned into an impressive vine. Hydrangeas are extremely large plants, and left unchecked, they have been recorded as reaching heights of 80 feet! Because of their ability and willingness to climb, they’re great for even the tallest fences. They’ll produce large white flowers in the summer, and they should be pruned during the winter to make sure they bloom at their best when the time comes.
Honeysuckles are extremely popular, and with good reason– they’re resistant to hot summers, their flowers are bright and fragrant, and they’re known to attract backyard visitors such as butterflies and hummingbirds. They thrive in full sun, so they’re a good choice for a fence that receives a lot of it, but they can grow in light shade as well, so feel free to experiment! When the plants are first established, it’s important to avoid over-pruning, as this can hinder their growth. For best results, use a moderate fertilizer on your honeysuckle vine– you’ll notice the difference when it blooms.
With so many choices, you’ll wonder which one is best for your fence. Try one of your favorites and let your fence be covered in beautiful flowers. This will save you backyard space from having a full garden and add a nice touch to any fence.