Vines can be a great addition to your fence and backyard. They bring more color and life to your outdoor space. Like most plants, however, vines take some effort and commitment to keep them healthy and looking good. Here are a few tips on growing vines:
No matter what you do, your vines won’t grow well unless you choose the right type. In a cold climate like Illinois, you absolutely must select plants that can handle freezing temperatures. Your choice should also depend on how much sunlight the vines will be exposed to. Hardy vines that can withstand the cold include American wisteria, trumpet honeysuckle, winter jasmine, and climbing hydrangeas.
Vines have to be planted a little differently than other plants to ensure they climb the fence properly. Dig holes right next to the fence and place the plants inside. Give them extra support with a trellis or wireframe along the fence, and tie branches to the structure to keep them growing in the right direction.
Just as you would with any other type of plant, you will need to regularly water and fertilize your vines. When you purchase the plants they should come with specific care instructions. The maintenance task that makes vines different is pruning. To keep your vines healthy and growing in the right direction, you will need to periodically remove stems that are damaged, diseased, overly tangled, growing in the wrong direction, or growing too quickly.