What is the best type of plant for covering a 165ft chain link fence?

by Dwh12404607
Live in rural Florida and would like privacy, security and beauty as well as to keep out unwanted animals. So any ideas you may have for something that will quickly cover the chain link fence that is low maintenance and low cost would be wonderful.
  9 answers
  • Jacks Beta Jacks Beta on Jun 01, 2017

    I live in Miami, we use Clusia for just about all privacy. We have tons of nurseries in the area that offer bulk pricing on them. They grow quick and bushy.


  • Jacks Beta Jacks Beta on Jun 01, 2017

    Here's a picture of them. But the link I posted above gives you more information. although they say to space them 5 feet apart, the ones I have in my yard were space 1 and half feet apart so they would create true privacy.

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    • Dwh12404607 Dwh12404607 on Jun 02, 2017

      Thanks they are beautiful but I would need quite a lot. Area is 165wide plus another 163 ft on left and 163ft on right side.

  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Jun 01, 2017

    Try bougainvillea. It gets thick (privacy), gives gorgeous flowers in many colors, is thorny (unwanted animals) and LOVES tropical heat.

  • Treva Kirby Adams Treva Kirby Adams on Jun 01, 2017

    The fence companies also sell a faux plant covering that attaches to the fence - it stays green and in place all year, never needs trimming and heavy rain or drought don't damage it. We tried it and love it, plus it can be removed easily for fence repair or for moving a section of fence.

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on Jun 01, 2017

    I would plant a couple of Carolina Jasmine. The will spread over the fence and fill it in pretty quickly.

  • Carol Carol on Jun 02, 2017

    Ivy is really fast growing and you can get a couple of pieces and it will grow in one season. I think you said you were in Florida so it should stay green year round.

  • John pyles John pyles on Jun 02, 2017

    A few clematis different colors will be nice

  • Charly Charly on Jun 02, 2017

    There is a flowering vine called Bridal Veil that will cover a fence very densely in a year. It has really pretty petite white flowers and it gets fuller, thicker and denser every year.

  • Mogie Mogie on Sep 23, 2023

    Don't plant something invasive like bamboo, whisteria, english ivy, virginia creeper or a few others. These can very easily get out of hand and become your neighbor's problem also. We have been fighting the english ivy our neighbors planted many years ago.