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ashy larry
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english ivy or creeping fig or something else?
I have a small yard and need some privacy. I currently have a 6' cedar fence and don't want the look of an 8' (or taller) wood wall. Instead I want to install a couple feet of lattice or some kind of trellis on top of the fence to allow the ivy to cover from the ground to the top of the lattice/trellis. I have some friends with creeping fig on their walls and it looks great. Any suggestions on which ivy to use? bonus points for some idea on the lattice above the fence.

I'm sure someone will ask... I don't have a lot of room b/t my pool and rear fence. So I don't to put trees or large bushes b/c they will be too close to the pool. I want something evergreen that won't annoy the shite out of my allergies.

TIA


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re: english ivy or creeping fig or something else?
Don’t do it. Creeping fig is invasive and will ultimately shorten the life of the fence.

If you want to do the trellis, maybe take a look at something less invasive, maybe a climbing rose.


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re: english ivy or creeping fig or something else?
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If you want to do the trellis, maybe take a look at something less invasive, maybe a climbing rose.



I had some honeysuckle growing on a trellis in my last house and loved the sweet smell of it when blooming. Easy to care for with trimming if it gets to be too much, but like all vining plants, watch out for wasps building nests in it.

They'll change your day real quick if they hit you.


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re: english ivy or creeping fig or something else?
Confederate Jasmine. Will need some help getting to the lattice but will cover it nicely and is evergreen.


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re: english ivy or creeping fig or something else?
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I don't to put trees or large bushes b/c they will be too close to the pool


You may want to consider pleached trees or espalier, as they would offer more options for interesting foliage and even get some nice fruit out of it.

The honeysuckle is a wonderful idea if you can handle scents without it bothering your allergies. Plus, a nice bonus is you can sip the sweet nectar from the stamens.

Also, there are faux ivy privacy screens that you can buy. They are inelegant, but if you have really bad allergies...

Here's a few examples of how nice pleached trees and espalier look as privacy screens.











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ashy larry
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re: english ivy or creeping fig or something else?
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honeysuckle


Would love this is not for allergies. My whole house would OD in Zyrtec and Flonase.


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ashy larry
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re: english ivy or creeping fig or something else?
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Confederate Jasmine.


Love the way it looks but I suspect this would also be rough on my allergies.


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ashy larry
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re: english ivy or creeping fig or something else?
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Creeping fig is invasive


Uncontrollable? Or just hard to remove? I don’t mind trimming. It wouldn’t be around any other plants on my property. Although I guess it could spread to the neighbor’s side of the fence.

I’m not terribly concerned about the fence longevity. It’s cedar board and I over built the structure. (4x6 posts etc). It would take a while to destroy the fence.


LetTheTigerOut
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re: creeping fig

“The first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, the third year it leaps.”

When it's young, it grows vertically, but when it matures into the adult stage, after several years, it grows horizontally. It can easily get out of control and will crawl over anything.

The roots are very sticky and tenacious and will cling to just about any surface making it very difficult to remove.

It can do a lot of damage...


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TigerCael
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re: english ivy or creeping fig or something else?
If you can handle flowers of some kind, a passion vine, a crossvine, or maybe a hardy Dutchman's pipevine might be what you're looking for. All three of those are semi-evegreen at least all the way up to zone 7, and truly evergreen if you're along the Gulf coast somewhere. As a bonus, they're all prolific growers and native to the area.

I know you said honeysuckle was out, but maybe coral honeysuckle could work. It's a native variety (the yellow one is from Japan and is super invasive) and it is much less fragrant than the yellow one, although it does bloom year round.


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tide06
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Confederate Jasmine. Will need some help getting to the lattice but will cover it nicely and is evergreen.

This, the smell is better than anything else I’ve run across.

Just know it’s aggressive and needs to be trimmed back a couple times a year.


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