Homeowners plant climbing vines near their fencing in order to give their gardens texture, height, and to give a cohesive look to the landscaping.
If you are thinking of adding climbing plants to your garden, find out which vines pair best with which kinds of fencing.
There are different kinds of vines:
- Woody vines have strong wooden-like stems that do not die off at the end of the growing season. Like a tree trunk, the stem of a woody vine grows thicker and stronger each year. A grapevine is a popular woody vine plant.
- Herbaceous perennials are vines that grow back each year, but their stems wither away at the end of the growing season. Clematis is one of the most common types of herbaceous perennial climbing plants.
- Herbaceous annuals are vines that need to be replanted every year. They are the perfect choice for the gardener who likes to change up the look of her garden each year. Canary creeper, morning glory, and sweet pea vines are some popular choices but there are other choices as well.
When you know the difference between these three types of vines, you can make the right choice about which kind of vine to plant for the type of fence that you have.
Here are the most common fence types along with the vines that pair best:
- Wooden– Wooden fences do not pair well with vines especially woody vines. The thick stems of the woody vines trap moisture and press it against the wooden fence causing it to rot. Dense vine coverage also attracts insects who can bore into your fence as well. Woody vines and some herbaceous perennials are so strong they can crack the slats or do other types of damage. If you have a wooden fence and are determined to have a climbing vine, pick lightweight gentle herbaceous annuals like morning glories.
- Vinyl– Vinyl fence can withstand the moisture from the vine. Vinyl fencing is also very sturdy so there is not as much risk of structural damage as compared to wooden fencing.
- Aluminum– Aluminum fencing can withstand the moisture from the vine since it does not rust. The aluminum can also serve as a strong support for vines to be trained to climb.
- Chain link– Chain link is like an empty canvas waiting to be filled with beautiful vines. Its pattern is already designed like a garden latticework. Many homeowners purposefully choose a chain link fence so that they can create a living fence. If that is your plan, be sure to check with your next door neighbor especially if you are planning to grow a more invasive species that will spill over into their side of the fence like ivy. Here is a list of vines that could be used on a chain link fence.
If you are looking for a fence to incorporate into your garden landscape, contact Horner Brothers for a quote. If you are thinking of adding an arbor or a trellis for your climbing vines, we design and install those as well. Contact us to get the garden you’ve always wanted complete with climbing vines.