vine - Knowledgebase Question

Granada Hills, CA
Question by faganclan
March 7, 2006
I'm looking for a drought resistant vine, evergreen, sun or partial shade to cover a chain link fence. Most vines I've found don't seen to be dense enough. Thank you!

Answer from NGA
March 7, 2006


Here are a few vines for you to consider:
Bignonia capreolata ?Dragon Lady? (Cross vine) is an exceptional, evergreen self-clinging vine with dark green leaves that turn purple in winter. Attractive reddish, trumpet-shaped flowers decorate the plant in June and July. ?Dragon Lady? is hardier and more floriferous than the species; its distinctive characteristics include drought-resistance, wet-site tolerance, and attractiveness to hummingbirds and butterflies. It has no serious pest problems. Prune this native after flowering as needed. Grows 30 feet high by 30 feet wide in full or part sun.

Gelsemium sempervirens ?Margarita? (Carolina Jasmine)
Fine-textured evergreen vine with a twining growth habit. Produces fragrant yellow trumpet-shaped flowers in late March into April. ?Margarita? grows almost anywhere, with characteristics such as drought-tolerance, deer-resistance, and soil adaptability. This native will scramble up or cascade over obstacles, creating a mass of living color. Plant in sun or part-shade. Grows to 12'H x 6'W.

Or, you might consider growing evergreen clematis on your chainlink fence.

Best wishes with your garden!

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