The Q&A Archives: Climbing Vine For Fence

Question: I have a Page fence that I'd like to hide with a climbing perennial plant. The area has mostly shade. If the plant were to flower, that would be wonderful. Can you suggest something?

Answer: One of my favorite vines for a shady location is the fall blooming Sweet Autumn Clematis, a deciduous vine with small, starry, white flowers that are fragrant and appear in fall. It is a vigorous and rather large vine (compared to most clematis types) but can be cut back in early spring as needed to control its size. It will clamber along the top of a fence as well as wend its way through any gaps in it. Since I am not familiar with a "Page" fence, it is possible you might need to add a bit of trellis to it in order for the vine to climb it initially.

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