Privacy And Natural Beauty: Vining Plants To Grow Over Your Chain Link Fence

Chain link fences from places like Nickelston Fence Inc are an inexpensive barrier that can help secure the perimeter of your property. As an added bonus, chain link fences are also amazing trellises, providing structure and an easy gripping surface for vining plants. Homeowners seeking the affordableness of chain link but who want to preserve the natural beauty of their yard or add privacy to their property may consider planting swift-growing vining plants around the base of the chain link fence. 


This enthusiastic grower produces white flowers with a powerful, heavenly scent and small green leaves. Jasmine prefers well-drained soil but needs a lot of water throughout the hot summer months to maintain lushness. Still, with cascades of white blossoms and a perfume-like fragrance, this lovely plant is well worth the extra watering to keep it alive. 


In warmer-weather climates, clematis grows in a thin screen that can quickly cover a chain link fence. However, in colder weather climates, clematis is more spindly and less effective at evenly covering large expanses of vertical space. Still, these star-shaped flowers come in a variety of colors ranging from stunning pink to light lavender, so even if privacy is not fully achieved, beauty certainly is. 

Morning Glory

Morning glories are among the easiest of all vines to cover your chain link fence. These eager climbers need almost no training and no help to produce abundant flowers and lush green leaves. They thrive in nearly all soil types and self-seed pretty easily, meaning they'll grow back naturally spring after spring. Morning glories can survive outdoors as soon the last frost of winter has passed and will live until the first frost of fall. Gardeners with small children and pets should be forewarned that morning glory seeds are highly toxic.

Word About Annuals

Annuals are plants that live one season and then die. If you choose to plant a vine that's an annual, you'll have to grow a new vine every spring and remove the dead vines at the end of fall.

Some vines are perennials in warmer climates but become annuals in colder climates. In some cold-weather USDA hardiness zones, it can be difficult or impossible to find a perennial that will survive through the winter. For a touch of year-round greenery in a colder region of the country, consider growing evergreen shrubs around your chain link fence. To do this, visit your local nursery and ask to see shrubs that are suitable for your USDA Hardiness zone. 

Good luck! With a little care and maintenance, your chain link fence will be a thriving, green mass of flowers and vine, bringing beauty your property throughout the summer.