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Old 08-05-2019, 08:16 PM
 
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If you have deer then you might not have to worry about pruning your English Ivy since they love to eat it. The plant would never make an effective cover around my house.

While you want to cover the chain link fence; do you really need climbers? Why not just block your vision of it with a line of plants in front of it? Is it necessary to block your neighbor's view of the fence?
Yes, I would like both sides blocked. Which is making the selection difficult.

Thanks for your assistance.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:17 PM
 
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What about honeysickle vine?
Honeysuckles, How to Grow and Care for your Honeysuckle Vines - Garden Helper, Gardening Questions and Answers
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/gar...reen-vines.htm
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:18 PM
 
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There are so many nice bushes to chose from. Bushes also will also cover a fence faster and more evenly than a climber.

Just north of NYC is more like zone 5 (I'm zone 5 in Yorktown).

Are you in sun or shade? A combination of morning sun and afternoon shade or morning shade and afternoon sun?
I'm in Eastchester, which believe it or not might be in a different zone than Yorktown!

This is morning shade and afternoon sun.

My issue is I'm trying to block both sides of the fence, so I would be looking for something that can grow through chain link. Evergreen is a must.

I think I have been talked out of English Ivy, which eventually grows into huge stalks.

Thanks, YorktownGal!
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:32 PM
 
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There are so many nice bushes to chose from. Bushes also will also cover a fence faster and more evenly than a climber.

Just north of NYC is more like zone 5 (I'm zone 5 in Yorktown).

Are you in sun or shade? A combination of morning sun and afternoon shade or morning shade and afternoon sun?
According to this map, it looks like I and 7A and you are 6B.

https://q7i2y6d5.stackpathcdn.com/wp...ork_map_lg.gif
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:53 PM
 
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Arborvitae grows neatly through chain link and hides the chain link without causing damage to the fence.

Definitely do not grow English Ivy along your fence, it will destroy the chain link fence and invade other parts of your property and nearby neighbours' properties via underground runners and surface creepers.

What will you do about maintenance and grooming on the other side of the fence after it grows through? Is the other side your property too?
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:02 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Having tried to remove an old chain link fence with bushes grown through, I don't recommend it. Twenty years on it can wind up looking like this
https://image.shutterstock.com/image...1287732940.jpg

I think you (and your neighbors) would be much better off with vines or plants grown in front of the fence.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:23 PM
 
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I'm in Eastchester, which believe it or not might be in a different zone than Yorktown!

This is morning shade and afternoon sun.

My issue is I'm trying to block both sides of the fence, so I would be looking for something that can grow through chain link. Evergreen is a must.
The fence will fade into the background. I have a black fence with shrubs. I hardly notice the fence anymore.

Morning shade and afternoon sun is part-sun. With a western exposure, it is almost full sun.

Hollies, but a male holly to get berries on a female holly. A China Girl holly needs a China Boy holly or a Blue Prince holly for a Blue Princess holly. Don't let a nursery sell you a girl holly with berries without a male one at the same time. Holly varieties bloom at different times so a China Boy can't fertilize a Blue Princess.
Also https://www.thespruce.com/eighteen-s...shrubs-3269647

Mountain laurel would work. Last spring, I found mountain laurel at Home Depot.

Boxwood are slow growers but will work https://www.gardendesign.com/shrubs/boxwood.html

Rhododendrons are nice, but tend to have thick, less flexible branches. OTOH, they grow so well here and deer won't eat their leathery leaves.

Viburnums are wonderful and many have year round leaves. I've been thinking about adding a Viburnum trilobum 'Wentworth' https://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/vibu...obum-wentworth
https://www.finegardening.com/articl...rsatile-shrubs

Oakleaf hydrangea's leaves turn brown in winter but stay on the branches. It is gorgeous. https://www.missouribotanicalgarden....empercode=d380

The NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx has a native plant area with shrubs. You would walk around and see what strikes your fancy.

BTW, deer love azaleas!

Pieris Japonica needs to be planted next to a house for protection from wind.

You don't need to have one species, you could mix it up. Maybe add a peony! Good luck!
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:25 PM
 
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Arborvitae grows neatly through chain link and hides the chain link without causing damage to the fence.

Definitely do not grow English Ivy along your fence, it will destroy the chain link fence and invade other parts of your property and nearby neighbours' properties via underground runners and surface creepers.

What will you do about maintenance and grooming on the other side of the fence after it grows through? Is the other side your property too?
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Other side is a neighbor. Would like the shrub to block their view of the fence also.

Thanks for your opinions, Zoisite!
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:30 PM
 
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The fence will fade into the background. I have a black fence with shrubs. I hardly notice the fence anymore.

Morning shade and afternoon sun is part-sun. With a western exposure, it is almost full sun.

Hollies, but a male holly to get berries on a female holly. A China Girl holly needs a China Boy holly or a Blue Prince holly for a Blue Princess holly. Don't let a nursery sell you a girl holly with berries without a male one at the same time. Holly varieties bloom at different times so a China Boy can't fertilize a Blue Princess.
Also https://www.thespruce.com/eighteen-s...shrubs-3269647

Mountain laurel would work. Last spring, I found mountain laurel at Home Depot.

Boxwood are slow growers but will work https://www.gardendesign.com/shrubs/boxwood.html

Rhododendrons are nice, but tend to have thick, less flexible branches. OTOH, they grow so well here and deer won't eat their leathery leaves.

Viburnums are wonderful and many have year round leaves. I've been thinking about adding a Viburnum trilobum 'Wentworth' https://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/vibu...obum-wentworth
https://www.finegardening.com/articl...rsatile-shrubs

Oakleaf hydrangea's leaves turn brown in winter but stay on the branches. It is gorgeous. https://www.missouribotanicalgarden....empercode=d380

The NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx has a native plant area with shrubs. You would walk around and see what strikes your fancy.

BTW, deer love azaleas!

Pieris Japonica needs to be planted next to a house for protection from wind.

You don't need to have one species, you could mix it up. Maybe add a peony! Good luck!
Thanks so much! I think the Mountain Laurel would grow through the fence, which is what I am trying to do. I want my neighbor to be green also. Arborvaitie would not seem to grow through the openings of the fence.
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Old 08-06-2019, 05:01 AM
 
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Hi - just installed a black chain link fence. I would like to plant something on my side of the fence that would also cover the other side of the fence. Prefer an evergreen. Ivy or plant? Fast grower preferred. Not interested in arborvaities because they don't cover the other side. Have been warned to avoid euonymus.

Thanks!
Try grapevine, honeysuckle, or virginia creeper.
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