The Q&A Archives: Climbing Vines

Question: WE have rebuilt our fence (along a stretch of garden about 20 feet by four feet) to try and hide a hideous shed that our neighbor built. On top of the fence we put lattice. What type of vine will grow quickly (not attrack bees) and be evergreen? We are also thinking of planting a "strawberry tree" just where the neighbor's shed looms up the highest. Then plant these vines all along the fence leaving the rest for gardening.
Thank you Lindy

Answer: Your plan for a specimen tree bordered by evergreen vines sounds like a good one. To avoid attracting bees you'll want to plant something that either doesn't flower, or something with very small, inconspicuous flowers. Vining plants that I would recommend for the trellis include Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia); Boston Ivy
(Parthenocissus tricuspidata); English Ivy (Hedera helix); Evergreen Smilax (Smilax lanceolata); Fiveleaf Akebia
(Akebia quinata); and Climbing Fig (Ficus repens). Full descriptions of these plants can be found in Sunset Western Garden Book (available at most libraries and garden centers). Good luck with your garden!

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