I live in a townhouse and would like my 10 square foot of concrete in the back to be a secluded sanctuary. I have a wall of planters and a structure for plants to climb on now all I need is really fast growing climbing plants to fill it out and create paradise. I guess it doesn’t have to be a fruit or vegetable plant, but it’d be really nice if I had produce to show for my efforts. I’d like them to grow at least 5’.
I live in central Wisconsin if that makes a difference.
Get Scarlet Runner Beans or Painted Lady Runner Beans. You will have some nice flowers to go with the heavy leaf screen. Peas will die off half way through the summer
You can also grow morning glories as a heavy screen plant. Those are the 3 best annual screening plants you can plant in Wisconsin to grow up a trellis.
I am an extremely crap gardener, but I planted a bunch of snow peas this (southern hemisphere) winter and they did great. And were extremely tasty. Melbourne is warmer than Wisconsin though, so adjust for local conditions.
Yeah even I haven’t been able to kill them, they can grow in a snow bank. But I think Harmonious Discord is right, snow peas life cycle ends in the middle of summer leaving me with a screen of dead plants even if I take care of them. I’ll look into Scarlet Runner Beans and Painted Lady Runner Beans.
You could grow hops - this is the time of year that the rhizomes are available. A well-established plant can grow to 30 feet in a spring and summer (although you might only get 15 feet or so the first year), then dies back to the ground in fall. They want lots of water, but the flowers are useful to any homebrewers you know.
The morning glory suggestion is a good one - “Heavenly Blue” is the classic, and for good reason. OP, if you like hanging out in the evenings or after dark, you might look into moonflowers** as well. They’re a relative of morning glories and grow the same way; they just bloom at dusk and into nightfall instead of in the morning. Both are super easy to start from seed - just wait till it’s warmer as in, staying above 60 F at night. Peas, you can start RIGHTNOWTHISVERYSECOND!
** if having giant white flowers the size of dinner plates is your thing …
Hops are beautiful vines, but inkling isn’t kidding when he says they can grow 30 feet. I’ve seen collapsed fences from the weight of hop vines, so make sure your stucture can support them.
Depending on your planter size, you might also consider bamboo. I don’t have quite the winter you do (Pacific NW), but the bamboo is green year round here, and quickly grows 10 feet, creating a nice little oasis in a paved area.
The problem with perennials is I’ll be growing these plants in large above ground boxes. Over winter they’ll freeze over completely killing the hibernating plant, at least thats how I understand it. Feel free to correct me.
Huh. I think if I set my mind to it and tried reallyreallyhard I still couldn’t obtain the “bush type” species of which you speak. Regular moonflower(Ipomoea alba) seed packets are everywhere, though - I even see 'em at the grocery store with the other seeds.