I am in zone 6 (New Jersey) and I have this chainlink 10x10 dog pen right outside our back door. I hate looking at it, its such an eye sore. But we have it out there for the dogs to go potty in that way they don't' tear up our backyard that we're going to work on to make it look nice this summer (we just moved here in August of last year).
I was thinking about putting Honeysuckle on it. Does anyone here have any experience with honeysuckle or know anything about it? I have read that it is a pretty tenacious vine. How long can it get? I'd be planting it on the far side of the pen from the house and I'm going to keep it on the pen itself, so it'd have to grow 20 feet before it can reach the house. But will it grow off shoots out of the ground and stuff? it'll be going next to our patio and I don't want the patio to get messed up because of it.
I really want something fragrant and that would attract hummingbirds and butterflies. If honeysuckle is a bad idea for that area, what other vines would be a good idea? I've thought of clematis, but I don't really want that. I want something that grows pretty fast, and it'd be awesome if it has a fragrance (no roses because I don't want the thorns around the dogs). It is a full sun area also.
any tips, recommendations and suggestions would be most appreciated. I have also thought of Jasmine, but I don't know how fast it grows. I'd also prefer it to be a perennial so I don't have to replant every year.