What climbing vines/flowers to use on pillars at front of house????

Hi all. Long time reader, first time poster.....
I've got a question that I'm hoping the knowledgable people on this forum may be able to help with...
At the front of my house I've got 2 steel pillars that support part of the house that sticks out beyond the threshold of the rest of the house. The pillars go into the ground surrounded by paving flags i.e. not into soil or earth.
I'd like to effectively wrap large flower pots around the bottom of the 2 pillars, fill with soil/peat then plant some vines/flowers to grow up the pillars and potentially up the house somewhat. Ideally the growth needs to be dense to block out the steel, as I find the steel a bit of an eyesore...
Can anyone see any problems with this idea or offer any advice on vines/flowers? Or any general tips?
Thanks in advance!
Larry
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Depends where you are to some extent. Do you want a flowering vine or just foliage? There are tons of them. Ivy doesn't flower and does well in most climates. YOU could also use Morning Glory or even Peas that would give you flowers and produce
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On Fri, 6 Jan 2012 22:25:56 +0000, Biglarry

You don't indicate in what climate you live so I will assume four seasons. When vines drop their leaves in winter they look very ugly twined around metal pillars. Why can't you remove a flagstone and plant directly into the ground, that way you can plant an evergreen that will hide the steel pillars all year. I would suggest one of the columnar junipers, they're dense and can be sheared. They're also available in several colorations, I happen to like the blue grey varietals. Of course there are other solutions such as painting the metal a color that blends in better, or covering the pillars with lumber to match your house... there are also vinyl columns that can replace or slip around the metal pillars and in many configurations. http://www.columnstore.com/vinyl-columns.shtml
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OK thanks for the advice guys. I fancy the idea of vines and might pull up the flagstones, would a large flower pot not suffice then? Has anyone tried jasmine or passion flower? These are 2 varieties that appear may fit the bill quite well....
I'm based in Manchester, UK so we have cold winters (doesn't go below -5 degrees C) and summers are mixed....
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Using flower pots around the pillars sounds like a good idea.
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