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Plants for lattice panels

Posted by sandysflowers (My Page) on
Wed, Sep 8, 10 at 19:12

I just built a lattice screen to hide the equipment to my inground pool and am now looking for ideas of plants to use to cover it. It's 5 feet tall and in an "L" shape with one part of the L 8 feet and the other 10 feet long. The area gets afternoon sun an I live in MA.

I just bought a climbing hydrangea that I was thinking of using to either cover the lattice or some of the chain link fence around the pool. I also would really like to plant a perennial hibiscus and was thinking of using it to cover part of the lattice. Would these two plants go well together on the lattice? Would the perennial hibiscus do a good job hiding the lattice or should a vine (either the hydrangea or another one) go behind it?

Any help or advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

I love gardening but I'm truly design challenged :)

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RE: Plants for lattice panels

  • Posted by laag z6CapeCod (My Page) on
    Wed, Sep 8, 10 at 21:22

Anything you put in front of a fence or lattice tends to change the fence to a backdrop rather than a fence staring you in the face. Climbing hydrangea looks great on lattice while nothing looks very good on chain link.

The high end strategy on chainlink pool fence in places like Cape Cod is to plant privet hedge along it and let it grow through so it looks like there is only a hedge there.

Another couple of good lattice growers are Manhattan Euonymus (green) or Silver King Euonymus (variegated) which are available already trained as espaliers on cheesy trellises in the nursery pot. They are both evergreen as well.

RE: Plants for lattice panels

besides climbing hydrangea,vine,rose,if have room,maybe other people like privet shrub,tree,bamboo, stone, mud ...mix to fence too.but they need more interesting,time.


Here is a link that might be useful: if need design

RE: Plants for lattice panels

ideasshare-- HUH??? I didn't really get your answer or your picture.

laag--I agree that the climbing hydrangea would probably look better on the lattice, but don't necessarily agree that nothing looks good on a chain link. My goal is to hide the chain link and I have several plants already that do that quite well. I have a really tall grass (think it's called zebra grass??) that is beautiful and huge. It covers a large section of the fence. Next to it is a weigela bush that hides the next section. The previous owners did a nice job landscaping to hide the fence. Unfortunately, they planted bittersweet which has gone completely crazy and I've had to start just ripping out. I just planted a sweet autumn clematis in its place because I saw it on my mother in law's fence and it seems to do a great job of hiding as well. Granted, you'll always see some part of the chain link I'm sure, but I love the look of flowers rather than hedges and I already have a great base of gardens all around the perimeter of the fence to work with.

Thanks for the idea of the Euonymus--I didn't know that could be trained to climb lattice.

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