- Author: Leah Taylor
PLANTING PRIVACY VINES: MAKING THE MOST OUT OF A DEAD TREE
A huge Maple Tree at the side of the home died suddenly several years ago and Bryan has since trained a Silver Lace Vine to climb up its stump. “I thought it would be cool to use the Maple Tree as a trellis to keep its amazing shape but also have something growing,” Bryan explains. “I gave it some help last year with white mesh to get it to grow up the trunk, but it didn't go beyond that, so in the late winter I put deer netting all around the branches and this year it totally took off.”
PLANTING PRIVACY VINES: CREATING SECLUSION IN THE YARD
The last area that was open to the street from the yard is at the front of the house, where their entryway and front porch is. Bryan says they planted a Silver Lace Vine at the bottom of the fence a few years ago, but the fence really wasn't tall enough to create privacy for the yard on its own. He wanted the vine to extend higher than the fence to add the extra seclusion. “Once the Silver Lace Vine started growing up the fence this summer, I got a couple of trellises to nail at the top of the fence and it just shot right up those,” he explains.
The vine now almost doubles the height of the fence itself and creates a living wall for privacy in the yard.
Bryan and Casey grow vines in their city garden for several reasons: he says that they would need to get a permit to put up a permanent fence in their yard, and that a fence would make them feel like they were “living in a box.” They looked into doing hedges and experimented with shrubs, but decided that all of that would take too much time to grow in and create real privacy. “We realized from watching a couple of these Silver Lace Vines that we put in a few years ago that they would do really well here,” says Bryan. “We could get practically near-instant gratification while having a screen up, it looked nice, and it comes back year after year.”
WHY DO THEY GROW?
“I grow to have a nice environment to sit in and relax in, says Bryan. “I like living in the city and being close to everything, but having green walls and privacy screens lets me still have a spot to be surrounded by nature.” Bryan adds that he also gardens to help out pollinators in his area.
“In gardening, I'm looking for function and low maintenance,” he says. “There's limited time in the day; if I'm going to plant stuff here I want to spend my time enjoying the yard rather than maintaining it,” he says./h2>/h2>/h2>/h2>