ASK CARIANNE – Answers to questions about growing native plants in your landscape!

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Dear Carianne: Is there a native vine that will grow on the outside of the chain link fencing of our dog run? Nothing toxic to dogs, of course.

thanks, John

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Dear John,

What a great question! Unfortunately when I started digging a bit, I found that some of my favorite native vines for climbing on chain link (e.g., twining milkweed vine [Funastrum cynanchoides], Arizona honeysuckle [Lonicera arizonica], virgin’s bower [Clematis drummondii], and canyon grape [Vitis arizonica]) are NOT dog safe!

Luckily, there are still some options even though the playing field is narrowed. Snapdragon vine (Maurandya antirrhiniflora) is a delicate scrambler with red, pink, or purple flowers that are attractive for hummingbirds. This species will reseed itself and is very low maintenance once established. But each plant will only cover about a 3 x 3 area and you may want something a bit more robust to create privacy and shade. Here are a couple to look into:

Good luck and happy planting!

Cheers,  Carianne, 

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