Best Climbing Plants for Your Fence

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Plants Can Help Beautify Your Fencing

Are you considering fencing for your property but are concerned about the cost and the way it’ll look?

You’re not alone.

Because not everyone has the budget to afford the most expensive fencing, a concern that many have when faced with choosing a less expensive option like chain link fencing is the appearance or curb appeal of fencing on their property.

The last thing anyone wants is to not like how their property looks.

So let’s talk about options to help you stay budget conscious and be able to say you love the way your property looks.

Fencing Options to Consider

Before you can decide what type of fencing adornment you want, you first must consider your options for the fencing itself.

In essence, you have four basic options for fencing.

The first is an option that gives a regal look to your property — ornamental wrought iron fencing. This fencing is expensive and does not offer the most privacy, but it adds quite a bit of value to your property.

The second option is vinyl fencing. There are many sub-categories under vinyl fencing. It is easily the most customizable option for fencing and comes with what will likely be the longest lifespan. It does not require much maintenance, but it does come with a slightly higher price point than other fencing options.

Wooden fences provide a ton of privacy for your property at a more reasonable price than vinyl or wrought iron fencing. However, this fencing comes with many problems because of the harsh Minnesota winters: rotting, fading, mildewing — the list goes on.

Chain link fencing offers less privacy and may have less curb appeal, but it comes in as the least expensive option. If you are simply looking for a bargain on fencing that will mark your property lines and provide safety for your loved ones and belongings, chain link fencing is a great option.

Pretty Up Your Fencing

For those on a budget, or those who simply are not interested in looking at fencing on their property, there are options available — mainly in the form of plants that will cover up the fencing.

There are dozens of options for plants that will grow up a fence.

Begin with considering what you’re looking for from these plants.


For many, the first thought that comes to mind is ivy. This is because of popular attractions like Wrigley Field in Chicago, where the outfield wall is a red-brick fence that’s covered in a beautiful green color during the summer months of the baseball season.

Ivy is a great starting point — or greenery in general.

If you are interested in the look of greenery on your fence, there are many great options.

  • English ivy
    • Great grower
      • It will cover your fence with ease
    • Downfall: slow grower
  • Boston ivy
    • Traditional ivy
      • Ivy League derives from this plant
    • Adored in the northeast United States
    • Not aggressive
    • Downfall: takes a few years to grow to full range
  • Persian ivy
  • Carolina Jessamine vine
    • Late winter blossoms give extra pop to the greenery
    • Downfall: Harsh Minnesota winters can kill these plants and force restarting annually.

In Minnesota, it’s a great idea to go with ivy vines because even when not in bloom, they provide some coverage and uniqueness to your fence.


There are many out there who are not as worried about the look carrying over into the winter months, especially here in Minnesota, because you simply are seldom outside to look at it.

For those people, a great suggestion is to go with plants that blossom and provide beautiful pops of color during your favorite time of the year to be working outside or just enjoying family time along with fresh air.

Consider some of these plants if interested in a flowery look:

  • Honeysuckle
    • Beautiful yellow and red
    • Highly customizable with hundreds of variations
    • Strong aroma
    • Great for hot summer months
    • Downfall: Can become invasive if not cared for
  • Clematis
    • Multiple bright colors
    • Possibly the most popular option
    • Downfall: Need space and slightly more maintenance
  • Climbing hydrangeas
    • Beautiful foliage with white clusters of flowers
    • Can be grown as a shrub in front of fencing
    • Easy to grow
    • Downfall: Can grow up to 80 feet, so it requires pruning
  • Wisteria
    • Sweet fragrance
    • Beautiful lavender blooms
    • Mid-late spring blossoms
    • Downfall: Winter is hard on this plant. Make sure it gets sunlight or you’ll need to replant.

Regardless of what type of plant you choose to enhance your fencing, you’ll want to make sure you have a fence made with quality materials and installed properly by a trusted fence contractor.

Call Northland Fence Today

Northland Fence, located in beautiful Minnesota, has your best interest in mind.

Northland Fence has had strong growth since its opening in 2004, making its way from just two employees at its inception to 35 today. As a business that is both family-run and locally owned, we are committed to serving our community with honesty, friendliness, and knowledgeable customer service.

Call today at (763) 316-4881 to learn more about our fencing options.


What plants can grow up fences?

There are dozens of options for plants that grow up a fence.

A good starting point is to consider what look you are going for.

If you’d like a flowery look, you may consider honeysuckle, clematis, or climbing hydrangeas.

If you’re going for a look of greenery, you may consider ivy plants like English ivy, Boston ivy, or Persian ivy.

If you want something in between, maybe consider silver lace vine.

What is the fastest-growing climbing plant?

Different environments provide different paces of growth. Typically, sweet pea, clematis, and the Virginia creeper are good options for fast-growing plants.

Do climbing plants damage fences?

Most damage is done to wooden fences, which we no longer sell at Northland Fence because of the harsh winter conditions in Minnesota. We instead suggest you consider a fence material such as vinyl fence material or chain link, which is inexpensive and has a longer life.

Climbing plants require maintenance to all fence materials. It’s important to not plant unless you are willing to maintain the plants.

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