I want to cover a chain link fence and perogala beside it with a dense vine that can thrive in a shady area. Any thoughts?
Thanks for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners. Here are some suggestions for vines that are appropriate for fences and grow well in shade:
Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala ssp. Petiolaris) has white flowers that bloom in June.
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is a native vine that has red leaves in fall and blue black fruit that attract birds.
Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana) is a native vine that has scented white blooms. The blooms will attract bees and butterflies and the foliage will attract birds who will use the seed heads for building their nests.
If you have four hours of sun daily the following vines may also be appropriate:
Jackmanii Clematis (Clematis x jackmanii) is a vigorous clematis that has large purple blooms.
Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) has large heart shaped leaves and interesting purple flowers.
These vines will take a few years to establish but once established will grow vigorously. Some pruning will be needed to ensure the vine you choose doesn’t spread beyond the fence and perogala you want covered.