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Homeowners seeking a combination of privacy and outdoor gardening beauty may want to consider adding evergreen vines to their yards. Instead of installing expensive fencing or outdoor walls, a simple trellis can serve as a foundation for a beautiful, living and growing privacy screen.For homeowners looking to add height to their yards without taking up a lot of ground space, evergreen vines can be an easy answer. In addition, vines can provide much needed shade from the hot summer sun much more quickly than growing full-sized trees. If a homeowner happens to have a steep bank in the yard where they are unable to grow grass, vines can also serve as a crawling ground cover.Homeowners should select evergreen vines depending on where they want to plant them, the condition of their soil and how they plan to support the vines.
Some vines offer dense foliage and grow quickly, which work well for creating a living wall. Others offer many flowers that bloom frequently, and these can be beautiful near a window or patio. Tall, strong evergreen vines can be grown on an arbor to provide shade, and smaller vines may be used to decorate other things in the yard or home such as providing decor for a mailbox. English Ivy, Partridge Berry, Vinca Minor and Wintercreeper are top sellers.
Deciduous vines will provide shade on hot days while allowing light to pass through easily in the winter when they do not have growth. Homeowners can more easily experiment with annual vines in terms of design.Most evergreen vines grow well in moist but well-drained soil, but there are a variety of vines that can be used in just about any soil and light situation. Evergreen vines are easy to prune and care for throughout the growing season.Vines do not only provide all these practical advantages, but there are so many varieties that have beautiful leaves, colorful flowers, interesting growth patterns and wonderful scents.