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vines in the shade in bad soil

I have a retaining wall that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. Ideally i'd like to have vines that will cover the unsitely fence, but do not know what will work. I have camillas and hydraengias struggling to grow in this location. The neighbors have cyprus trees growing on the other side of the fence- is this hurting the soil? what should I do?
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To hide a fence you could use Creeping fig or ivy of any type. They can both cling and live in the shade. The tree should not cause any problems in the soil except possibly with root competition with other plants for nutrients and water.

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