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Flowering Perennial Vines to Cover a Vinyl Fence

January 21, 2020

Vinyl fences seem to be the reply to every gardener’s dream. They appear fresh for years and years without a painting or mending. But what should you desire to split the stark relief of a vinyl fence having a beautiful flowering vine? Go straight ahead — just so long as you choose the best plastic and uncontested fence attachment procedures.

Special Considerations

Not every attractive flowering perennial vine is acceptable for the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 10 climate. Many are such prolific growers that they’re considered invasive. Otherwise, many expensive foreign specimens don’t grow well in USDA zone 10. For guaranteed growing success, pick a flowering vine that’s native to California and non profit. Secure any vines initially with good gauge wire or twine tied to stainless steel screw eye hooks that you have strategically placed along solid vinyl fence panels.

Pink Honeysuckle

Pink honeysuckle vine (Lonicera hispidula) is a perennial that’s native to California and non profit. It’s hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 4 through 11. Left by itself, it develops a blissful, shrublike canopy. However, when trained to climb, it creates a stunning flowering vine that blooms in May and June. Pink honeysuckle is a twining vine, so it wraps itself about guide cable or garden twine in an upward spiral as it rises.

Campo Pea

Campo pea, or Pride of California (Lathyrus splendens x Kellogg), has eye-catching cardinal-red flowers that are certain to provide a wow factor growing along a vinyl fence of any color. The flowers blossom in April, May and June. This indigenous California perennial Pump is non profit and hardy in USDA zones 7 through 11. Like all sweet peas, this vine branches out by strong, curly tendrils that attach to guide wires or garden twine.

Pipestem Clematis

Pipestem clematis (Clematis lasiantha) is a hardy, twining vine that erupts into a profusion of delicate white flowers with pastel-yellow pompom centers beginning in March and ending in June. In the distance, it resembles a meteor shower of bright white stars. Unlike other clematis species, however, this California native perennial is noninvasive. It’s hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 11.

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