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want to cover an unsightly pole

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by Vibeke on July 05, 2006 08:26 AM
Hello everyone, I am new here. This is my first post.
I have a very unattractive, 10' stainless steel pole which used to hold a satelite dish in my back yard. I would love to hide it under a climbing vine of some sort.
We are in between zone 5-6, the pole gets late morning and afternoon sun, with average to rocky soil.
We are in the woods and have hungry deer grazing about.
Would settle for English Ivy, but would prefer something flowering to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
Ever green would be lovely.
I thank you in advance for any advice you can give.
by Triss on July 05, 2006 03:54 PM
This may help some.

Flowering Vines

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by Vibeke on July 05, 2006 11:13 PM
Dear Triss,
Thank you for your response. I did read that post before posting myself, however, I am unfamiliar with vines and was not sure which of those listed would give the best coverage.
Is it simply a matter of training the vine?
Thanks again-V
by tamara on July 06, 2006 12:34 AM
I'd try a few varieties of clematis, they have different blooming times, a good nursery can help you out choosing them.

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by Vibeke on July 06, 2006 12:44 AM
Thank you. I will!
by Triss on July 06, 2006 07:08 AM
V- I dunno about coverage either since I do not grow many vines myself. My gardening it trial and error. I agree with Tamara that your local nursery will be able to give you good ideas on what will grow well in your area and give you the coverage you desire.

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by KKMedic on July 06, 2006 04:39 PM
We have 4 (yes, 4) unsightly sets of guide wires in our small yard for the utility poles also plaguing our yard. I planted Diplodenias to grow up them... they are evergreen, flower pretty dark fuschia trumpet flowers that slowly fade to white/light pink. I am also attempting to train a confederate jasmine to share one of the guidewires.
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by debnoel on July 06, 2006 05:02 PM
I don't live for from you and my clemitis covers one end of my side porch completely. My neighbor has trumpet vine and it does wonderfully. It also attracts lots of hummingbirds.She also has honeysuckle. All of these have come back year after year. None are evergreen, and the trumpet vine and honeysuckle seem to bloom for quite a while. My clematis blooms in the fall.
by Deborah L. on July 06, 2006 05:12 PM
What about a wisteria?'s a thought, wouldn't the steel get hot and harm a plant?

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by RugbyHukr on July 07, 2006 02:04 PM
Diplodenias are not hardy in the Poconos region.

for evergreen & color, try growing ivy & a flowering vine like honeysuckle or morning glory.

you will need to prune the top so that your dish is not overgrown.

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by Vibeke on July 07, 2006 09:58 PM
Thank you everyone for your responses, I appreciate the help.
by hisgal2 on July 08, 2006 03:54 AM
You may want to think about wrapping some sort of thin wire around the pole before you plant your vines. A steel pole doesn't really have a place for the vines to grab onto and the wire would help them out. A local store uses morning glories to cover some poles that they have. They are fast growing and very pretty...I like those alot.

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