Hi cfl king, good topic and one that can be much more involved than many growers understand.
I see the topic broken into 2 categories.
The first being hiding plants that are in the back yard garden and the garden selections suggested above are excellent for that application.
The second area is that of concealment/ companion plantings for the OD gorilla grower. This gorilla approach is seldom discussed so if you dont mind, I would like to offer these suggestions:
Gorilla plantings and gorilla site development can be very effective. The growth habits of garden cultivars and natural plants provide many opportunities to propagate and use these plants for cammo in the OD.
Plantings that create a gorilla site: Many times, I have come across good grow sites but they had some problem such as being visible from one certain direction, perhaps not enough vegetion. The gorilla grower can modify his planting site by plantings of either garden cultivars or native plantings.This is especially true of growers that use the same sites over year after year as I do. Look at that site with an eye towards the future and ask yourself what plantings would improve the site by either blocking the view or cammoflaging the plant.
Collecting native strains is the primary approach to gorilla companion planting. Vicious, vigourous vines, thorns, stinging nettles, all can be collected from seed in the fall and started in cups along with your seedlings in the spring. If its too late for this year, most will root from a cutting if you find a plant that will benefit you. Often, I will cut small scrub trees, make a triangle with them and then plant one of the vines that grow locally, has impalling thorns and is impenatrable in with my cut trees. By August, the vines/thorns have covered the tree piles and unless you know where the door is ...... My plants are in the middle of the triangle . Each year i grow there, I add to the site.
Native shrubs such as wild honeysuckle stay green late into the fall are drought resistant and are the first plants in the lancscape to leaf in the spring. When growing purple plants, I will mix in poke weed which is purple with purple berries. Wild cane is perhaps the ultimate cannibas companion plant. It stays evergreen, looks even from a short distance, just like it color, leaf structure and all. The stuff is easily obtained and grows voraciously in many cooler climates.Some tree seedlings can provide good cammo. Transplanting young cedars and pines can improve stealth. Root pruning of the small trees keeps them small over time. Poplar trees grow from seed to as much as 20' in their first year. Prune it and its 8' tall and 20' wide. By fall, your plants can be hidden in the middle. The Aussse tree. com. My buddy has 4 of these seedlings as they are to behave the same way.
Finding, propagating and utilizing natural plantings in your area will greatly improve your site. One word of caution. Make sure the plant you are propagating is a native plant. Plants such as Kudzu, vinca, viburnum, and burning bush just to name a few, have self sown in many areas and you don't want to contribute to that problem. Some study is required
Garden cultivars: Many of these can be utilized in a grow area. A grower needs to become familiar with their planting zone and what plants will grow well, but any simple garden primer should provide a list of such plants. Many will grow to 6' in one season and return the next.
Some vines that work well in Gorilla grows:
Silver lace, abelia and trumpet vine are rampant and can cover a 400 sq ft area in one season and dont self sow into the enviroment.
Sorry to ramble on, but ive studied this for some time and you never see discussions about it.
Last edited by silverback; 04-19-2008 at 06:45 AM..