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#107097 Aug 10th, 2007 at 09:49 AM
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Hi!

I'm new to this forum and would like to ask your opinions on a fence we would like to cover.

We have an 80+ foot chain link fence that we would like to cover for added privacy and color. I would like a flowering vine or something that will give us some color in the yard. A fast grower would be a benefit since we really would like to block some of the neighbors view directly into our home. I was thinking about a climbing rose (Zephirine Drouhin Antique Climber or Cecile Brunner Antique Climbing or another climbing roses.) I've considered Morning Glories as well but I don't have any experience with them.

We are in North San Diego County (zone 9). The area is a hill with the fence sitting at the highest part of the yard so there are great views down into our house. The area has a few citrus trees. We lost a lemon, tangerine and avocado tree last year due to the signicant cold/frost (very uncommon for Southern Ca)and we are trying to get some St Augustine grass to take over the main part of the yard. Oh, one part I should mention, we have 2 small kids and also 3 dogs (1 is a 5 month old puppy)

I welcome all suggestions and education.

Thank you.


Catherine
cljake #107117 Aug 10th, 2007 at 10:12 AM
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Hi and welcome from another Californian. My choice would hands-down be the perennial morning glories. They are not nearly as temperamental as the roses. Or if roses are a must, go with lady banks. They are thornless (nearly) and cover well.


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I'm going to add here. Both of these choices are better than your climbing roses. They are evergreen, fast thick cover. And the thorn thing is better with kids and pets. And the kids' toys, like beach balls deflating, etc. Also, even if you don't cut standard climbing roses back, they tend to thin in winter and lose most of their screening effects.
If it is a four foot fence, you can add a taller trellis at strategic points to raise the screen. You could also mix these two plants, alternate for a color options.


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Tina #107206 Aug 10th, 2007 at 12:53 PM
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Hi, Catherine.
I'm in Oceanside.
A friend of mine in Encinitas has a gorgeous Cecil Brunner climbing her patio.
I'd vote for that one !


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