training up virginia creeper
I have bought house in the mid-cities DFW area with a very shady back yard. It has been long-neglected and has a little St. Augustine where there's some sun, but is mostly bare soil. After replacing the wooden privacy fence in March, I noticed spouts of Virginia Creeper. It has continued to grow well and now has begun to climb the new fence! I've peeled it away from the fence for now even though I really liked the vertical element it added to a drab landscape.
I'd love to encourage it as a ground cover and a vertical element because it's a native and it doesn't require much water. Has anyone ever trained it to climb trellises or wire? Since the fence is new, I'm not crazy about letting it climb directly on the fence.