If you have a Chain-link, Chain-mesh or Weld-mesh fence, either at home, the school or business, you can really add a touch of pizazz to your fence by growing a vibrant vine. Although these fences are cost effective and easy to install, they do lack the class of other styles of fencing so planting a vine not only makes the fence more attractive but it can also add a lot more privacy.
If you are wanting extra coverage for privacy and also longevity, look at perennial vines. This means the vine continues to grow through out the year and will last for many years. Annual vines grow a lot faster but have less foliage than perennial and will generally only last the year. Although, in some climates, an annual can behave as a perennial and last several seasons. Try combining seeds to add more colours and textures to your fence and garden. You can also plant annuals and perennials together, by using the annual vines to help fill in the gaps while your perennial is growing. Check with your local garden centre for the best type of vines and creepers to suit your climate.
The best annual flowering vines are:
- Passion Flower - Morning Glory - Orange Glow Vine - Clematis 'Jackmanii' - Black-eyed Susan Vine - Hops Vine Cardinal Climber
The best perennial vines are:
- Dutchman’s Pipe - Trumpet vine - Clematis - Climbing Hydrangea - Honeysuckle - Wisteria
Add some flavour to your property. Get those workers out there on their lunch breaks and picking fruit straight from the vine. If you have chain-link fences at home then fruit vines are fantastic for the kids. Good vine fruits are:
- Passion Fruit
- Kiwi Fruit