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Fence greening with climbing plants

Here you will find hints on how to green a fence, partition, railing, and enclosure, for example garbage areas. This kind of greenery is quite pleasing to look at, and is suited for privacy protection. Some fences are meant for greening right form the start. Often with greening support system. You will see three possibilities of how to install wire ropes.

Fence with sweet-peas as privacy screen

Suitable climbing plants for fences

There are many suitable climbing plants for fences, which the photo gallery at the bottom shows. Even trellis fruit and grapevines are an option. The latter usually trained as horizontal cordons, vertical cordons, garlands or as in the vineyards. Low-maintenance wild vines are also suited. Mix-greenery is also a possibility. Additional recommendations are on the pages privacy protection. Vigorous climbers, such as Wisteria and Bittersweet are less suited. If they grow unchecked, reckon with damage. Even iron bars have been bent or ripped out of their foundations. Wire mesh and metal nets are even more vulnerable.

Wooden Fences

When greening up wooden fences, it is recommended to add a greening support systems. Especially horizontal wire ropes that are lead tangentially. See photos below.

Granite steles with wire rope

This part s about modern but risky combinations. Horizontal wire rope is vulnerable to climbing. It sags or is ripped from its holder, or can even topple a fence post. This can work in private estates. Below, we show examples of tangential or interrupted wire rope arrangement.

Privacy protection fence with English Ivy
Privacy protection fence with English Ivy, Hedera helix

Suitable climbing plants

Here you can see fences with different climbing plants - please click on the photos.

Hops provide an early privacy screen in spring
Fence greening with annual morning glories
Roses at a fence
Planting of scarlet runners at  a iron fence
Fence greenery with Akebia quinata
This fence is completely covered with wild vines every summer. The posts stand out as green hunches.
Wisteria on a railing
railing greened with grapevines
schematic horizontal grapevine cordons at a fence (see page Climbing plants / Grapevines / Training)
Schematic vertical grapevine cordons at a fence (see page Climbing plants / Grapevines / Training) .
Lattice for grapes trained vineyard style, winter photo
This wine garland greens a wire mesh fence
Trellis fruit (apple) at a fence after the winter pruning.
Wild vine with multiple flower buds on a wrought iron fence.
Fence greened with Clematis tangutica
A wire mesh fence with Clematis viticella
Winter jasmin with snow
Evergreen honeysuckle in winter
Fence greening with different plants (Mix-greening): below Ivy, middle wild vines, top Crimson glory vine
Metal grate enclosure for garbage bins - Evergreen Honeysuckle
Needs to be check regularly to avoid building damage: Bittersweet as sight protection for garbage area
Stainless steel lattice for Ivy at a bus stop

Tangential wire rope arrangement

Necessary greening support systems are often installed on the outer side or tangential to a fence, as if the fence were a wall. Usually with horizontal wire ropes similar to system 1060.

Greening of a plank-fence with roses and others on horizontal steel cable, basic style
Climbing aid for Clematis on a privacy protection fence. Wire rope system 5050, easy style "mini"
Wooden fence with grapevine. Vineyard training as flat arches, see text above. The 3 mm wire rope was threaded through staple nails that have been glued into the concrete fence posts. At the end of the fence, the wires are led downwards to the ground.
The same wooden fence as before. Here greened with Winter jasmin.
The anchoring of the five wire ropes in the photos from before. They lead to a hidden ground anchor EA 12800
Pillars of granite with inner, tangential cable guidance. Bamboo
Details of the Photo from before. Several horizontal wire ropes according to system 1060, medium kit with cross mounts 10081.
If the cables are exposed to extreme loads (vandalism, climbing), they will slide out of the mounts without damaging the mount itself. The cables can be re-tensioned latter on.
Terrace partition in a private area for roses. Eye bolts were installed into the "T"-formed steel profile and wood panelling like with system 0040.

Axial cable guidance

If wire rope is meant as a filler, it usually leads through the middle axis (looking from above). Whether wooden or metal, this is analogous to system 0050.

Interrupted axial cable arrangement - from post to post.

Some supports or pillars can not be drilled through. In this case the wires are arranged axial, from post to post, with glued in mounts or eyelets, according to system 0040.

Wire rope tensioned between two posts analogous to special system 0040. Here the assembler used a  metal pipe as a brace between the posts.
Steel cables tensioned between granite posts greened with Clematis. The loads exerted on the granite pillars, that my lead to a bending fracture, need to be statically clarified beforehand. In case of such loads: for every cable, half of the break load is
Details of the photo from before: The eye bolts WM 06030 were installed with brass dowels DM 06025.
Wire rope arrangement of 5 systems 0040 in addition with vertical wire ropes that are fastened loosely with cross clamps in accordance to system 5050.
Cable construction with taut, tensioned, horizontal cables with eylet screws WH 07080, and Mini press clamps SK 03006.
Horizontal cables are vulnerable to climbing. The resulting tension may lead to the disfigurement of the granite pillars and to the slacking of the cables.
It would be honest, to simply install the ropes with some slack as in this case. Wild vines in castle garden Sanssouci / Potsdam / Brandenburg.