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vines that tolerate shade & wet feet

Posted by marlene_mg zone 5 -WI (My Page) on
Mon, Nov 17, 08 at 17:38

Our neighbors put up a butt ugly 8' wooden fence along the back of our property line. I would like to either use a series of trellises for evergreen vines to disguise the fence or espalier vines on it, again to disguise it's harshness.

The soil is clay, there is an underground spring that surfaces each spring, the vines would be on the north side of the fence and there is shade from other trees, although there would be morning and late afternoon sun.

Fast growing vines would be a plus!

Any ideas would be appreciated.

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RE: vines that tolerate shade & wet feet

Evergreen vines hardy in zone 5 are limited - very limited. And the situation is complicated by being partially shaded and with poor drainage. English ivy might work, although I hesitate to suggest something that is considered invasive in many parts of the country. If you have space, a mixture of shrubs would be a much better solution, perhaps shrub dogwoods and willows and clethra. The dogwoods and willows would offer winter interest through their stem colors if that's a requirement. Or winterberry.

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