Vines for Privacy

Bradford Greenhouses Blog

It’s often said that ‘Good fences make good neighbours’, but but wouldn’t it be great if fences looked a little more attractive? There’s nothing more beautiful and enchanting than being in a backyard that has a living wall. If you’re looking for a way to add some privacy and some colour to your fencing, growing vines is a fantastic option.

Vines come in both perennial, annual, and tropical varieties and we’ve laid out a few of our favourites below along with their characteristics:

Perennial Varieties

virginia-creeper

Virginia Creeper
  • Features dark green foliage in the summer, that turns red in autumn
  • Tolerates sun OR shade
  • Self-clinging vine means it works great on rocks, masonry, and wooden fences
  • Easy to prune for control anytime

boston-ivy

Boston Ivy
  • Features bright green foliage in the summer that turns red in autumn
  • Grows in sun OR shade
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Self clinging means it works great on masonry or fences, but will not wrap around a chain link fence
  • Easy to maintain and can prune any time

honeysuckle

Honeysuckle
  • Flowering vine that tolerates shade, but flowers best in full sun
  • Great for arbours, tellisses, lattice, netting and chain link fences
  • Comes in a variety of colours
  • Pruning is not typically needed but can trim back after it’s finished flowering
  • Blooms mid-spring to late summer
  • Comes in a variety of colours

english-ivy

English Ivy
  • Grows in sun OR shade
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Great option for masonry, trees, lattice, chain link fences and wooden fences
  • Self-clinging
  • Can be pruned any time

silverlace-vine

Silverlace Vine
  • Beautiful, fragrant white flowers adorn this low maintenance plant in the summer and fall.
  • Grows well in sun or part shade
  • Drought tolerant
  • Trim the vine before new spring growth emerges, removing any dead wood and cutting it back for size. The vine will handle severe pruning if done in early spring
  • Great option for chain link fences, arbours or columns

porcelian-vine

Porcelain Vine
  • Porcelain vines are closely related to grapevines, and like grapes, they are grown more for their fruit than their flowers.
  • Produces visually interesting (inedible) berries in late summer and fall
  • Attracts birds
  • Grows in sun or shade
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Great for chain link fences and large arbours

akebia-vine

Akebia Vine
  • Also known as Chocolate Vine
  • Produces flowers May through June
  • Produces edible seedpods that taste similar to tapioca pudding, however to get fruit you need to plant more than one
  • Fast growing vine that is excellent for arbors, trellises, pergolas or fences
  • Grows quickly so can be pruned lightly 2-3 times during the summer

trumpet-vine

Trumpet Vine
  • Flowers from July until September
  • Great for hummingbirds
  • Will grow in sun or shade, but flowers best in full sun
  • Great for masonry, sturdy posts, or chain link fences
  • Prune in late fall or early spring
Annual Varieties

black-eyed-susan

Black Eyed Susan
  • Features gorgeous yellow or orange blooms with a dark centre eye
  • Blooms all summer long
  • Grows best in full sun
  • Excellent for wooden fencing

morning-glory

Morning Glory
  • Produces attractive funnel-shaped blossoms of various shades like white, red, blue, purple and yellow with heart-shaped leaves.
  • Blooms all summer, with flowers opening in the morning and closing at night
  • Grows best in full sun

sweetpea-vine

Sweet Pea Vine
  • Features scented blooms from spring to frost
  • Great for a trellis or chain link fence
  • Grows best in full sun
Tropical Varieties

mandevilla

Mandevilla
  • Features gorgeous tropical-like blooms in pink, white or red
  • Can grow up to 30 feet
  • Blooms all summer long
  • Grows best in full sun with light shade
  • Great for a trellis for chain link fence
  • If planting in a pot, it can be brought in for the winter

blue-passion-flower

Blue Passion Flower
  • Scented flowers bloom all summer
  • Plant in full sun
  • Great for trellises or arbours
  • If planting in a pot, it can be brought in for the winter