Flowers to Boost on Fences
Fences are beneficial in making boundaries along the sides of land, but long stretches of fencing are uninteresting. Shrubs, trees and vines planted along the fence break up the visual line. Flowers growing on fences provide a variety of colors and textures throughout their blooming period. To increase success rate of the blooms, meet their growing requirements into the growing conditions found round the fence.
Fences that face south in an open place are subjected to direct sunlight for the majority of the day. Many flowerig vines prefer full sunlight conditions, like the Asian star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum), that grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 7 through 11. This easy-care, 10- to 12-foot-long evergreen vine produces fragrant creamy-yellow summer blossoms which attract birds. The gold trumpet (Allamanda cathartica) creates golden-yellow trumpet-shaped blossoms in USDA zones 10 and 11. This 10- to 20-foot-long evergreen vine grows as an annual in cooler climates.
Sunny Places With Dry Soil
Many sun-loving climbing flowers may withstand dry soil conditions, such as the coral vine (Antigonon leptopus), that rises in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. This 30- to 40-foot-long semi-evergreen vine works well trained along the surface of the fence, with hot pink blossoms from late summer through autumn. “Madame Galen” trumpet creeper (Campsis x tagliabuana “Madame Galen”) attains 15 to 25 feet long in USDA zones 4 through 9, producing sexy pink trumpet-shaped flowers which attract hummingbirds.
Shady areas provide sun-sensitive plants protection from sunburn and wilt. Such shady places are found on the north-facing sides of fences. “Nelly Moser” clematis (Clematis “Nelly Moser”) is a shade-loving vine, which grows best in USDA zones 4 through 11, producing large horizontal white flowers with lilac stripes down the middle of the petals. The blossoms last for 2 weeks in the spring and summer covering the 6- year to 10-foot-long vine. The potato vine (Solanum jasminoides) rises as an evergreen in USDA zones 9 through 11, reaching 20 to 25 feet long, with stems covered in blue-white spring blooms.
Damp Shady Areas
When the sunlight does not reach regions with poor drainage, the soil tends to remain damp. Plants that tolerate wet soil and shade includes Madagascar jasmine vines (Stephanotis floribunda) and marsh clematis blossoms (Clematis crispa). An evergreen vine, Madagascar jasmine grows to 15 feet long with dark green leathery leaves in USDA zones 10 and 11. Its white tubular-shaped summer blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Marsh clematis produces a 6- to 10-foot-long deciduous vine in USDA zones 5 through 11 with lavender-blue bell-shaped summer blossoms.