You’ve installed a decorative fence to complete the look of your garden, but now you feel that the fence itself is missing something. Some homeowners in your situation may opt to paint the fence, fit it with lanterns, or top it with fairy lights. But if you’re not on board with those choices, you can always try growing climbing vines instead!
The sight of long, thin vines weaving in and out of your decorative garden fence can lend your backyard a touch of whimsy. They’re also great for providing additional shade or privacy to your garden. Plus, some of these climbing vines serve a second purpose by producing fruits! For starters, you can take your pick from these 6 climbing vines for your decorative garden fence.
6 Lovely Climbing Vines for Your Decorative Garden Fence
- Coral Pea
Also called the false sarsaparilla, this woody vine can easily reach 15 metres in length! The purple coral pea (Hardenbergia violacea) thrives with a lot of sun, a bit of shade, and well-draining soil.
A popular purple coral pea variant is the Happy Wanderer, which is incredibly easy to maintain yet puts out the loveliest rich purple blooms. Other great coral pea variants include the richly-coloured Kennedia cultivars, including:
- Kennedia rubicunda, the deep red coral pea
- Kennedia coccinea, with bright red and yellow flowers
- Kennedia nigricans, which produces eye-catching yellow and black flowers.
- Golden Hop
The golden hop (Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’) is a great climbing vine for homeowners who want summer shade and winter sun with their garden fences. It sheds its leaves in autumn and regrows them as spring rolls in. Golden hops will do well whether they’re placed under an overhead sun or in low sunshine.
These vines are so low-maintenance, they’ll be just fine even if you forget to water or feed them. However, they need a regular trim to stay neat and tidy.
DID YOU KNOW? Hops are at the center of every beer recipe. In fact, once your golden hop vines start flowering, you can use the cone-shaped flowers to try to brew some beer!
Wisteria (Wisteria sp.) isn’t just hardy, but it’s also absolutely stunning in full bloom! This classic climber produces racemes packed with little violet flowers. These racemes can reach up to 20 cm in length and give off a delightful springtime fragrance, too.
This climbing plant may bloom a little later than other vines, with the first flowers emerging after 3 or 4 years. But once your decorative garden fence is draped over with clusters of violet blooms, you’ll realize that the wait is more than worth it!
Evergreen/Deciduous depending on the climate
Here’s a woody plant that can give your garden a pop of colour! You’ll most often see bougainvillea (Bougainvillea sp.) in vivid magenta, though there are also pink, orange, yellow, and white variants. It naturally takes the form of a shrub, but you can grow it as a vine on your decorative garden fence.
Bougainvillea is also very easy to grow. In fact, it’s common to find abandoned properties with gorgeous bougainvillea growth! All these climbing vines need are full sunlight, well-draining soil, and a good watering every now and then. They’ll survive in shade, though they won’t produce as many flowers there.
- Passion Fruit
Imagine walking into your garden, casually reaching up, and plucking a ripened passion fruit right off one of your climbing vines! The fast-growing passion fruit (Passiflora edulis) is a favourite among Australian homeowners. Aside from tasty fruits that are either deep purple or golden yellow in colour, it also puts out some of the most exotic flowers around.
You might mistake it for a delicate vine precisely because of its intricate blooms. However, the passion fruit is surprisingly vigorous. In fact, an elongated variety called the “banana passion fruit” is classified as an environmental weed in southeastern Australia because it grows and spreads with ease!
DID YOU KNOW? From a botanical point of view, passion fruits are actually giant berries.
Ever imagined that you could grow sponges on your decorative garden fence? You can give it a shot by planting loofah vines (Luffa sp.)! These annual plants grow fast in warm weather and slow down in colder temperatures. Loofah vines can also reach 10 metres in length, making them perfect for softening the look of your garden fence.
These plants produce bright yellow flowers, which can brighten your fence and attract curious honeybees at the same time. Later, the flowers can grow into gourds! You may eat the loofah gourds while they’re young, or let them ripen and dry out to be used as sponges.
Get your gardening tools ready! These 6 climbing vines will be a delight to grow on your decorative garden fence, whether the fence itself is made of timber or bamboo. All you need is a bit of effort and patience to keep these vines healthy, and your verdant garden fence can be a soothing sight for you and your loved ones.
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