The Q&A Archives: Planting Of Colorful, Windbreak, Evergreen

Question: I live in the high desert. I want a fast growing plant to make a wind block, it could use the chain link to climb on. I wood like something that would not go dormint in the winter. We have extreme hot summer upwords of 115F and as low as 13F in the winter with high winds in the spring. Could you give me any help.

Thank You

Answer: Here are a few suggestions for an evergreen vine to climb your chain link fence:
Acacia redolens, with narrow, gray green, leathery foliage, Calylophus hartwegii, native to your area; also called sundrops because of the yellow flowers that appear in early spring. Fallopia (lace vine) is another good choice. This plant is generally evergreen but will lose some of its older leaves. It's the fastest growing vine, with large, waxy-edged, glossy green leaves and an abundance of white flowers over a long season. Finally, there's Macfadyena (Cat's Claw), which climbs and holds on to nearly any surface with forked tendrils. Yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers appear in early spring.

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