help me hide a fence, please

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  1. Suchmo

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    Hi. I recently moved in to a new house. At the bottom of the garden is a 5 foot wooden fence owned by the neighbour. In front of that is an ugly concrete and wire boundary fence. Just behind the wooden fence is an ash tree which means the bottom of my garden is raised up and does get a huge amount of light. My plan is to attach trellis to the ugly wire fence and grow something evergreen up the trellis to entirely cover it.

    Suggestions on what I could grow relatively quickly and cheaply would be greatly appreciated as I have never owned a garden. Any other advice would also be welcome.
     
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    Welcome to GC, Suchmo :sign0016:

    One word of caution about any plant which grows relatively quickly; you'll need to trim it relatively often :blue thumb:

    I'm disguising my ugly rear fence with a passionflower (vigorous grown, semi-evergreen) and pyracantha (slower growing, evergreen and prickly, so anti burglar ish).

    I'm sure others with more experience will be along to offer their advice.
     
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      So am I mum the rear fence has a passion flower, the side fence has a few cleamatis, and the one out the front that is going up next week I have got a winter and a summer jasmine to plant and train along it. Oh and I have 2 honeysuckles and a montana clematis on the back fences too. I do love a climber.
       
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        You forgot the mile-a-minute plant :heehee:
         
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        Lol that thing is gonna have a severe dose of round up its only taken a couple of weeks and there are loads of brambles under it I have just noticed so don't wanna go yanking it again.
         
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          Thanks for the replies. Any other suggestions/advice for the complete novice? How should I plant it and maintain it?
           
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          I'm a novice too so prob not best to give advice but I do know that clematis like to have their roots in the shade so when planting them bury the roots further than other plants and put other plants around them. You will need to put a trellis up for them to climb up. My honey suckle is travelling nicely along my fence I just go out and attach any loose shoots back to the trellis in the direction I want them to go in. Mine has all been guess work and asking on here so I'm sure some of the more experienced gardeners will be able to give you more advice :)
           
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          I don't want to sound patronising but you all seem to be doing okay here, so I'll be off. :biggrin:
           
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            Thanks everyone. From your advice I think I may go with clematis or passionflower run up a trellis. Any other advice would still be appreciated. What kind of timeframe am I looking at before I wll see some results? When would be best to plant?
             
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            Winter Jasmine as mentioned above is so cheerful in wintertime.
            Just a few more suggestions - Trumpet vine, which is fast grower with beautiful orange trumpet shaped flowers - Chocolate Vine with purplish-pink flowers - for a good evergreen there's Ivy which is a great climb and hide plant and the Virginia creeper with its lovely autumnal colours.
             
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            I just realised that I should've said that the end of my garden DOESN'T get a huge amount of sunlight. Silly me. Are the previous suggestions still valid? When should I plant the passionflower and/or clematis and to roughly what timescalecan I expect results? Thanks again.
             
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            Hi Suchmo - Trumpet vine requires full sun to partial shade, Chocolate vine full sun but is also shade tolerant.
            Clematis can be planted in spring and autumn - Passion flower are usually planted in early spring. Hope that helps in deciding what to choose.
             
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            Thanks Anne. One last question: my back fence has ivy growing on the other side and creeping through. Will this crowd out the clematis and passion flower? Should I give in and just plant ivy on my side too. Also, can the clematus and passionflower be planted together along the same stretch?
             
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