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Recommendations for vines to grow on a wooden fence in Houston, zone 9a?

Asked by crankywithakeyboard (649points) June 26th, 2010

I want to grow a vine on the outside of my wooden fence. I’m aware that some vines get overly aggressive or can damage a fence. Any suggestions for this particular area? We live smack-dab in the middle of an old subdivision inside Houston, by the way. Thanks for any help.

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TrickyZZZZ's avatar

Houston Zone Code:

Residential Section 9:
Unit divisions:
Shared fences or other structures dividing the property line shall not be altered in such a way that it impacts other residents without permit pursuant to section 29.a (Guidelines for Alterations). This includes physical alterations and additions, changes to color, and inserting a privacy barrier whether it be natural or artificial. Resident’s may install their own privacy barrier, but may not alter the dividing structure.

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PandoraBoxx's avatar

@crankywithakeyboard, is the fence at the front of the house, facing the street, or at the back of the house, facing an alley? Or is the fence set back into your yard from the property line? How tall is the fence? Is it wooden? How much of an easement do you have between the fence and the sidewalk or curb?

I really like maypop because of it’s unusual flower. Climbing hydrangea is interesting.

BluRhino's avatar

I know Honeysuckle grows like crazy down here (Houston). It comes in no end of varieties, shrubs, vines, colors, etc…is evergreen and only needs moderate water…and does not damage fences or walls.

crankywithakeyboard's avatar

The fence faces the street on the side and behind the house. There’s about 8 feet between the sidewalk and the fence. So it’s set back in my yard and it’s 6 feet tall and cedar wood (not a picket-type fence).

I meant Zone 9a as in the hardiness zones for growing plants. Houston is in zone 9a. I own the fence, it is on my property and not shared with anyone and growing vines is perfectly acceptable here.


syz's avatar

I am quite fond of star jasmine. It’s relatively well behaved for a vine (can be trimmed with hedge trimmers if necessary), has an attractive glossy, dark green evergreen foliage, and smells heavenly when in bloom.

Jessamine is a similar vine, although it tends to be a bit more unruly and it doesn’t smell nearly as good. It is considered semi-evergreen and the yellow flowers are quite pretty.

You could consider a lady banksia rose. It’s not technically a vine, but I’ve trained mine along fence and it creates a sort of hedge wall that becomes a dramatic, solid wall of yellow flowers when in bloom. It is completely thorn-less and requires none of the spraying and feeding that other roses do.

In my area, plants to be avoided at all costs as invasive nuisances are honeysuckle vine, virginia creeper, trumpet vines, and english ivy.

PandoraBoxx's avatar

Gold Star Yellow climbing rose could be nice mixed in periodically with creeping fig. I think the catch is to resist the temptation to overplant.

Andreas's avatar

@marinelife and @crankywithakeyboard In Australia the passiflora family is known locally as passionfruit, a delicious fruit to eat. They are gross feeders and need lots of water, but well worth growing. They are a personal favourite of mine and very easy to grow in full sun.

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