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New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

Hi, I recently moved into a place with a garden. There's a wire fence oneside which I would like to cover with a climbing kind of flower / bush to block people looking in. It's about 15m long and 1m high.
Any other tips for a beginner ?
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

The plant is HoneySuckle. There are perfumed varieties which attract bees, and non smelly types that just look nice. They like some shade, so place some boards against the fence to keep the roots in the shade, damp & cool.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeysuckle
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

A few questions that will help us give appropriate advise:

Do you want something evergreen, or is deciduous OK?

Do you want flowers, or all green?

You said the fence is 1m in height - is that the max you want a hedge trimmed to, or do you want (or are you allowed) to go higher?

Is it a sunny spot, shady, half and half?

And what kind of sun do you get - morning, afternoon, etc?

Soil type?

Is your altitude considered Hohenlage, or not?

How much work are you realistically going to be able to put in? (Reworking bad soil, trimming, pruning, weeding, etc.)
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

I tried Honeysuckle. After about 2 years I can just about see some stalks, but it by no means provides any real coverage.

I think Ivy is what most professional gardeners use - there are slow and fast growing varieties. I guess if it's fast growing ther'll be more pruning later.
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

How much sun or shade does the area get?

If it's shady, you could try an evergreen (which will remain green and provide privacy all year round). Or you could try a Japanese rose plant, which has runners and spreads like crazy (it has small yellow flowers), but this won't provide privacy or much coverage during the winter. I think climbing ivy also does okay in the shade.

You'll probably have many more options if it's a sunny spot.
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

I sense the "old gardeners" getting itchy fingers now late Jan...it won't be long now (definite benefit to rather tame CH winter temps, snow or not)
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

What about a few Clematis? They grow like crazy in summer, have lovely flowers, but die back in winter. There is a sort that keeps it`s stem and then shoots out from that each year - the stem gets thicker and thicker with time and resembles an old grape vine.

Or what about a couple grape-vines? You`d get the grapes to eat as a bonus! They send out runners and cover quite well, but again only in spring/summer.
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

We planted a hedge of liguster and after a few years you could not see the fence anymore. In winter they are bare.

If you want year round privacy, you could plant Thujas. There are different varieties and you can buy them in different heights. They do not lose leaves in winter.

Can you get access to the other side of the fence to trim whatever you plant?
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

I don't really see how people can be so specific in this thread about what plants to put in for covering or a hedge until the OP at least has a stab at some of the questions raised by Meloncollie in her post.
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

Hello Meloncollie, thanks for your response, answers and in the below,,,I hope this answers the other questions too.....


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A few questions that will help us give appropriate advise:

Do you want something evergreen, or is deciduous OK? Deciduous is ok

Do you want flowers, or all green? Flowers

You said the fence is 1m in height - is that the max you want a hedge trimmed to, or do you want (or are you allowed) to go higher? That's the max I want it to grow

Is it a sunny spot, shady, half and half? Sunny

And what kind of sun do you get - morning, afternoon, etc? Afternoon

Soil type? Errmm, not sure it looks normal

Is your altitude considered Hohenlage, or not? I'm not sure, roughly zug lake leave

How much work are you realistically going to be able to put in? (Reworking bad soil, trimming, pruning, weeding, etc.)
no real limit
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

One more question that's probably pertinent:

How much do you want to spend? For example, how much per metre?
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

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one more question that's probably pertinent:

How much do you want to spend? For example, how much per metre?
100 -200 ?
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Re: New gardener help: what to grow to cover a wire fence?

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There's a wire fence oneside which I would like to cover with a climbing kind of flower / bush
Ask your Hauswart (caretaker) or the administration or the landlord.

Upon moving into my flat (ground floor, lots of lawn and bushes around), my Hauswart was very specific in delineating His and Mine

Note that upon moving out, any of the above-mentioned parties might be displeased with the what you will be leaving behind.

Forget all of the above in case you are in fact the owner; then ask the Gemeinde if there are some rules
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