The Q&A Archives: What Is The Best And Fastest-growing Vines To Use For Privacy?

Question: Our garage is towards the back of our lot, so the driveway is currently the view we have through our ugly chain link fence. We were thinking of replacing the fence with some sort of tall lattice screens (we still must think of our two great dogs and their safety) that could handle some sort of vine. We've always had tremendous success with morning glories, but we would rather have a perennial vine for this specific purpose. This spot gets about 3 hours of sunlight in the afternoon. Any suggestions? The faster they grow, the better!

Answer: There ae several vines you might consider. Trumpet vine and the native honeysuckles are delightful woody vines that attract hummingbirds and butterflies but they are a bit heavy for some of the flimsier types of lattice. Another possibility would be the sweet autumn clematis which produces fragrant white flowers each fall followed by attractive seed heads. This vine shold be trimmed back hard each spring but regrows quickly and could cover your fence. I think this last would give you the best bloom in such low light levels, too.

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