Gardening books often recommend saving garden space by creating vertical spaces. A recent article mentioned that one way to dress up an ordinary chain link fence could be to train vines on it. While that can be pretty, you want to be judicious about the vines that you use. Vines add weight to your fence. Too much vine can cause the wire in a chain link fence to sag and stretch. Vines can also quickly turn into an invasive plant. For example, English Ivy (Hedera helix) is a woody evergreen vine often used in professional landscaping as groundcover or to disguise unsightly installations. When it escapes cultivation, it can quickly crowd out native species, causing an imbalance in woodland ecologies.
If you still like the idea of vines twining your chain link fence, try an annual variety of sweet pea, cardinal climber, or even moonflowers. These three all put on showy blossoms loved by bees and hummingbirds. Trim away finished blooms before they drop their seeds, and you will have few problems with reseeding. All three varieties are light enough that they should not drag down your fence.
All About Fence, call us at (425)268-9779, will be glad to answer questions about your chain link fencing installation service & repair in Bothell. We will also be happy to provide more tips and trivia about care and maintenance of your fence. For example, a trellis can provide a means to create vertical garden spaces without creating added weight on your fence.