Southeast Gardening forum: What is best security plant that will grow up my fence?

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May 14, 2017 6:20 AM CST
-Heavy shade.

-Georgia hardiness zone 8a.

-Needs to be attractive.

-Needs some serious thorns to keep out the zombies.

-I do not like holly, blackberry, or firethorn.

-Bouganvillia would be perfect but won't grow in 8a.

-Creeping catsclaw is crazy invasive.

-A native Georgia plant would be a bonus.

-I would rather something that will attach to the fence and grow up it rather than a bush.
Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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Jun 14, 2017 10:43 AM CST
I think Smilax can be beautiful and it grows in shade. When it is fertilized it grows thick and glossy. Some varieties have iridescent patterned leaves. I can't speak for zombies but I know the thorns would keep me out. Perhaps, just for some color, you could intersperse it with something bright that blooms but may not have thorns.
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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Jun 14, 2017 10:50 AM CST
Passionflower attaches well on fences, not thorny though. Lovely blooms and bears fruits.
I have Passiflora edulis 'Frederick' if I allow it, it would want to latch on to our community fence, but I try to control it by our small trellis. It ably handled our mild winters and takes the heat very well too.

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