Thursday, May 16, 2013

Shady Fencing

If you have a tall privacy fence in a shady spot and want to cover the fence with vines then I have some wonderful varieties that like it dark.  Assuming your fence is a solid material like wood or stone, climbers to choose are those that have tiny suction-cup like disks or small aerial rootlets along their stems. 

My favorite shade vines in this group are Boston ivy, Virginia creeper, English ivy, climbing hydrangea and the Carolina Jasmine vine.  The reliably deciduous, Boston ivy might be the best bet if your fence is wood, which will of course be more prone to rot if it has a moisture-retentive covering on it all year round.

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