Chain link fences can be real eyesores. Luckily, these metal fences, which have a very industrial look, are easily disguised with appropriate greenery. Finding a flowering climbing plant or bush to help conceal and soften the appearance of a chain link fence is easy enough, but before buying, in addition to the plant's appearance, you should consider things like sun exposure, soil, speed of growth, possible size, maintenance required and how you plan to use the space you want to camouflage.
Things You'll Need
- Phone book
- Computer with Internet access
- Pen or pencil
- Source of transportation
Finding A Plant For Your Chain Link Fence
Go online and do a search on "trainable climbing plants and bushes for fences." Write down the names of varieties you like. Some widely available climbing plants include passion flower, grape vine, sweet peas, Chilean glory flower, clematis, rhodochiton, pole beans, bittersweet, morning glory, jasmine, honeysuckle, black-eyed Susan vines, wisteria, scramblers, bougainvillea, climbing roses, cissus and ivy. Make sure to select bushes and shrubbery that will grow tall enough to conceal your chain link fence.
Alternately, search your phone book and call local plant shops and nurseries or go in person to the store and ask about "trainable climbing plants and bushes for walls and fences." Write down the names of plants the nursery or shop has available.
Do Internet searches on your preferred varieties. Write down pertinent information like what kind of exposure they need, type of soil, care, growth, size and price ranges. For year-round coverage in a temperate climate, evergreens are best. In warmer climates, plants will stay green most of the year.
Before buying, consider which shrub or climbing plant you like best, which plants you can afford, and which will best fit your needs and the conditions in your space.
Select a few options, and research ordering plants online versus buying them locally. It never hurts to try to negotiate a more competitive price with local vendors. When considering online purchases, don't forget about shipping expenses for a perishable product.
Buy your climbing plant or bush, and plant it next to your chain-link fence. Follow all care instructions, and gradually coax it to grow around your fence. If you don't have the time or patience to work with your climbing plant or bush, look into hiring a gardener or landscaper.
- Photo Credit climbing plant image by Mat Hayward from Fotolia.com
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