Fast-Growing Evergreen Vines
Fast-growing evergreen vines are the perfect solution to an unsightly problem in any landscape, such as a chain-link fence that needs to be covered for privacy reasons, or an old masonry wall that might benefit from being decorating with vines. Some evergreen vines are loved for their foliage, while others have beautiful blooms. Take care to plant these in areas without other desirable flowers, as many of these vigorous vines will quickly smother other, less hardy plants.
Golden Trumpet Vine
Golden trumpet (Allamanda cathartica) is a showy, fast-growing evergreen vine that features bright yellow flowers with orange throats. This twining plant loves warm, calm conditions, so plant it where it can receive lots of sun, is protected from strong winds and is supported by a trellis. The golden trumpet vine also loves plenty of water and will thrive to heights of 15 feet in rich, moist, loamy soil. Native to Brazil, it can only survive outdoors in USDA Plant Hardiness zones 10 and 11.
Butterflies love this showy vine, which features large clusters of bright red or white, 1-inch flowers. The flaming glorybower (Clerodendrum splendens) is a fast-growing, evergreen vine that can reach a height of 12 feet. Like the golden trumpet vine, it is a tropical plant and should only be grown outdoors in USDA growing zones 10 and 11. Plant the flaming glorybower in a location that receives full sun, and keep the soil consistently moist.
English ivy (Hedera helix) is a widespread evergreen vine that is often seen growing on the sides of buildings. This fast-growing vine does not need support to climb straight up a wall, tree or other structure. It also will grow along the ground, forming a thick mat of lush, green leaves. The vine can climb up to 50 feet high. The leaves of English ivy are attractive, but they can be damaged by cold winter winds or scorched by direct sunlight. For this reason, the vine grows best in shady, protected areas. English ivy grows in USDA growing zones 3-9.
This fast-growing, evergreen vine is native to the United States, but it is not considered an invasive, weedy vine like common honeysuckle. In the spring, coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) blooms with vibrant, orangish-red, slender flowers that have a pleasing fragrance. Coral honeysuckle likes consistently moist soil and will grow in either full sun or partial shade in USDA zones 4 through 9.