Vines and Climbers forum: What is a good evergreen for a fence

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Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jul 28, 2016 2:25 PM CST
I have just completed a fence about 250 feet long and would like to plant a good evergreen vine on it. My ground is a sandy loam with some rocks and the vine will get about a half day of full sun during the Summer. If possible, I would like it to be Honey Bee and Butterfly friendly.

Thanks for the help Thank You!
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Name: stone
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stone
Jul 28, 2016 4:23 PM CST
There are evergreen clematis, also consider crossvine (Bignonia capreolata ), and maybe carolina jessamine and coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens).
Seems like you have so many vines that you can use that it's gonna be a matter of picking a bloom time that pleases you.
Name: Thomas
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Thomas75
Jul 28, 2016 4:34 PM CST
Hi Stone,

I love Carolina Jessamine and I had forgotten about Coral Honeysuckle. I guess that I could plant more than one verity and get the crossover on the bloom times. Thanks for that suggestion. Thank You!

Almost forgot, beautiful photos on your web site.
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Name: Missy
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Zazinnia
Jul 28, 2016 6:55 PM CST
We have a huge confederate jasmine on our pergola. The scent is so strong in June. It is very hardy.
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Name: Thomas
Deep East Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Tomato Heads Butterflies Vegetable Grower Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
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Thomas75
Jul 29, 2016 2:14 AM CST
Zazinnia said:We have a huge confederate jasmine on our pergola. The scent is so strong in June. It is very hardy.


Hi Missy,

I received an email from a friend last night recommending the Confederate Jasmine along with the Carolina Yellow Jessamine and the Red Honey Suckle (not invasive like Japanese honeysuckle).

Reading up on them sounds like a beautiful combination to have on the fence.

Thank you for your help... Thank You!
Thomas75

zannyw
Feb 22, 2018 1:12 PM CST
I'm new to this website so perhaps this comment won't be timely enough.
I love, love, love clematis armandii. It has 4-5" long, large, tough and evergreen leaves unlike most clematis. I have no idea how long it will get but I'd guess easily 10-15 ft minimum on either side (20 to 30 ft total).
- Most information on c. armandii says it blooms in the spring. Here in the San Francisco Bay Area it blooms in January when there is precious little else blooming (9a or 9b.)
- And it is fragrant.
- And it is deer proof.*
- And it grows up deciduous trees so you have leaves all year around.

Did I say I love this plant?

* It was deer-proof until the long drought we had and the deer decimated all but the section growing up the trees. It is recovering by putting out copious amounts of new vines from wood I thought was dead, but since it blooms on last year's new growth there was no flowering this year
Brooklyn, NY
Dave_Evans
Apr 30, 2018 3:02 PM CST
Hi Everyone,

Some great info on this thread. If I can ask a question - would any of these suggestions work in planters? I have a balcony that definitely needs some green climbers.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Apr 30, 2018 4:39 PM CST
Welcome! Any of these climbers should work well as an evergreen screen for your balcony.

If I were you, I would select a fast growing annual so it would fill in quickly.

I suspect in your zone some of the above suggestions would not overwinter in containers due to the cold..
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

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Dave_Evans
May 1, 2018 7:25 AM CST
Thanks, Kristi and everyone else!

As you probably noticed, I'm relatively new to this - would you happen to have any suggestions for something fast growing that would have a better chance of surviving the winter in a container?
Name: Kristi
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pod
May 1, 2018 11:05 AM CST
For containers, I don't. The roots are more exposed to the cold and freezing temperatures in a container than they would be in the ground. That was why I was thinking of annuals.

I know many annuals grow quickly to create a screen. Vines like morning glories, cardinal climber or moonflowers and all will produce ample seeds for the next summer. Just a thought though.

Perhaps someone from your area can fill in the blanks with a perennial evergreen that will work.

Good luck! Please keep us posted on what you chose and how it works out. Thumbs up
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

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