We live in Basile, LA, and just put in 400+ feet of 5' chain link (hurricane) fencing around our back yard. My husband wants to plant an evergreen vine along the back section - which is the longest span at 182' - but we have several issues to consider before making a selection!!
1. We have two very nosy Great Danes, and they often munch on grasses, flowers, and fruits that look or smell "yummy".
2. 60' of the fence is heavily shaded by a stand of pine trees, followed by another 60' in full sun, and the last 60' is moderately shaded by a large oak tree.
3. When dry, the soil is heavy loam - but when we get drenched by one of our famous thunderstorms, it turns into a thick, sticky clay. Plus, the water table runs pretty high toward the surface - and along the shaded areas, the soil tends to stay wet for several days (between our sporadic summer-to-fall thunder-bumper storms).
So, what we need is a twining or climbing "true-evergreen" vine that:
1. Is not poisonous to dogs;
2. Is fast growing in both heavy-to-moderate shade and full sun;
3. Tolerates both dry and heavy soil with frequently limited drainage;
4. Can withstand high summer heat and humidity of 90+ degrees.
Either flowering or non-flowering is fine, and I know we'll have to do a fair amount of maintenance to keep it tidy. However, our preference is to stay away from the woody varieties because we want a climbing vine - as opposed to a thick hedge.
All suggestions will be greatly appreciated!! Many thanks!!