To begin, look into vines and shrubs that have a tendency to cling and climb on structures – these will work great to cover your chain-link fence with attractive green foliage. Take a trip to a local nursery, or a home and garden centre, to inspect the evergreen vine plants on offer – this will loop all over the chain-link fence, covering it in green, and replace the cold steeliness with a natural, verdant look. Consider varieties such as ivy, wisteria and trumpet vine, which cling and expand as they grow.
In addition to adding on ivy cover, plant rose bushes that grow upwards, and cling to trellises and structures. Along with amping up the green cover provided by the ivy plants, this will make for an attractive sight once the roses bloom, and the wall of green leaves, dotted with bright rose blossoms, will be more than enough to distract anyone from the cold steel fence underneath.
Along with rose bushes, consider planting additional hedges and shrubs along the fence. When these grow taller, they will obscure the base of the fence, and block much of it from sight. These can include hydrangea and dogwood, both of which are flowering shrubs.
Consider using clumping bamboo to obscure the poles in the middle of the chain-link fence. These tall clumping sprouts will grow high, and look exceptionally attractive swaying in the breeze – a perfect way to counter the sterile look of the fence.
Finally, make sure you mulch the plants that are planted directly in front of your fence. In addition to accenting the plant life, this will help you with weed prevention, and give all the plants an overall clean, and well-maintained look.