Question: I have a property
that adjoins a business that has a 8-9 ft tall chain link
fence with barbed wire at the top. I am looking for a plant
that would hide this fence year-round but yet be xeric.
The area gets mostly sun but sits at the edge of a big oak
tree (recently thinned). Ideally I'd like something that
might bloom but don't want anything that will be excessively
messy or has heavy fruits as it borders the driveway. The
width of the area would be around 5 ft. Anything you can
suggest would be much appreciated. (Just want, want, want!
Is there a plant out there for me?!) Also, my experience
with vines are that they usually clump up at the top and
leave the rest of the fence bare.
Answer: Use Confederate Jasmine--evergreen,
fragrant blooms in the spring, no fruit, shinny leaves,
drought tolerant once established. Plant 4 feet apart. Clumping
is no problem with Confederate Jasmine; just trim it back
to the top of the fence and force breaks and growth towards
the bottom of the vines.