Perennials forum: Recommendations for climbing plants?

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Name: Amanda
Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a)
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mandalynnkeith
Apr 7, 2013 6:18 PM CST
I have a long swath of 6 ft. white fence in my back yard that I'd like to beautify with trellises and nice climbing plants. They get full sun and will be right next to my vegetable garden, so I'd like something flowering to attract bees, but also something that will not get too bushy. Any recommendations?
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 7, 2013 7:48 PM CST
Any type of Clematis, they are well behaved. Thumbs up
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abhege
Apr 7, 2013 7:53 PM CST
I agree
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 8, 2013 9:45 AM CST
Another idea would be climbing nasturtiums, which would be an annual but may self-sow. I've planted them with sunflowers and it makes quite a splash. The nasties use the sunflowers to climb, and would also use your fence. Both would attract bees, and if you wanted to keep the height down, you could go with the shorter sunflowers.

I also second (or third) the clematis idea.
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Name: Amanda
Greensboro, NC (Zone 7a)
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mandalynnkeith
Apr 8, 2013 11:20 AM CST
Thank you all! I'm looking into the clematis idea. . . there are so many to choose from!
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Apr 8, 2013 1:04 PM CST
There sure are! I found out that some are only two feet tall and some 10-12 depending on the height of your fence you can decide. Also they have big showy flowers and are non invasive!

Check out our thread about, 'Major Wheeler', bigger but also non invasive! Hummingbird magnet. Thumbs up
The thread "Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler')" in Perennials forum
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Apr 8, 2013 2:06 PM CST
Passiflora aka Passion Vine is a good choice because you get fruit you can eat and they love blazing hot sun.
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Apr 8, 2013 3:17 PM CST
Bonehead: what a great idea.I raised trailing nasties in the garden and in pots. The container ones didnt do well.I believe the soil gets too warm.
They do self sow in the garden.

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