decodiva
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Evergreen vines to cover a chain link fence

Well, here goes -- this is my first question ever on any type of forum but from what I've read so far everybody seems really knowledgeable and helpful. Three years ago, my husband and I moved to SC near Myrtle Beach -- relatively new house, ZERO landscaping, in a neighborhood where the developer took out almost anything that was green :( Neither one of us has a green thumb, so we've been muddling along.

We've finally gotten some foundation trees and shrubs in as well as some ground covers and perennials and things are looking up nicely. However, we inherited a chain link fence that borders the entire back of the property (about 100' deep by 80' wide) and to me, it's a real eyesore. We can't take it out because we need something to keep the neighborhood dogs in their own yards :wink: Also, it would be cost prohibitive to replace the entire thing with another type of fence. I thought about planting some type of shrub around the entire perimeter, letting it grow through the fence and then trimming it into a hedge, but because of the way I laid out some of my landscape beds (and a vegatable gardden at the back of the property) I don't have room for shrubbery all the way around :oops: I really like a uniform look so I don't want to plant half shrubs and half vines.

Does anybody know of a nice evergreen vine that will cover this fairly fast but without invading my neighbors' lawns? I don't care if I get flowers on it or not but I'd like something that would grow through both sides of the fence so you wouldn't even know the chainlink is there. Ultimately, I'd like to take out the chainlink gates and put in nice wood or iron gates but I already know our home owner's association won't let me replace just part of the fence. I'm hoping that if you can't see the fence, they'll let me replace only the gates :) :wink:

I've seen a great evergreen vine growing at a couple of houses down by the beach with a tiny waxy green leaf but can't seem to be able to get anyone to identify it. It grows really tight together and looks like it gets trimmed with a hedge trimmer. I know it's not a bush because it grows over and around brick pillars, but it resembles a boxwood. :?

I'm desperate and would appreciate any help and suggestions :D Oh, by the way, I planted what was sold to me as either Carolina or Confederate Jasmine (had white flowers). The garden center swore it was evergreen. It wasn't. It grew up for 2 years and each year died back, had to be cut down and picked out of the fence so it could start up again. The look of the leaf was promising, but I'd have to plant a couple hundred of them and the fence is back in the winter :roll:

Well, thanks to anybody who can help.

PfefferBee
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vine for chain link fence

"I've seen a great evergreen vine growing at a couple of houses down by the beach with a tiny waxy green leaf but can't seem to be able to get anyone to identify it. It grows really tight together and looks like it gets trimmed with a hedge trimmer. I know it's not a bush because it grows over and around brick pillars, but it resembles a boxwood."

I think you might be referring to climbing Euonymus or some other type of Euonymous. Check out this site: https://www.botany.com/euonymus.html for more about how to use it in your landscape.

Good luck to you!

decodiva
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Climbing Euonymus

Thanks for the info, but I don't think this is it. This plant doesn't look like what I'm looking for and it seems to be way more invasive than what I want to deal with :cry: Just as an FYI, I found this info on another site and thought you might be interested: www.nps.gov/plants/alien/fact/eufo1.htm

I was in Beaufort, SC this weekend and saw the plant I'm interested in, again. From what I'm told, it might be creeping fig. I'll be researching that next.

Again, thanks so much for taking time to reply to me :D

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