Our best climbing plants include some
that are suitable for most garden
situations. We suggest ten of the best climbing plants -
Climbing plants are so versatile - climbing by way of
twining and hugging, clawing and thorns, suckering and rooting, and some
just flopping everywhere until they find support to start their climb.
Not all climbers are invasive or adventurous. Some are dainty!
Climbing plants can be found for all situations in the garden,
shaded, or sunny, damp or dry, evergreen or flowering - sometimes
evergreen and flowering. Some climbers need space, some are happy
indoors, some are better suited to walls than fences and vise versa.
Many can be grown in containers, and some can even be grown as
groundcover plants. Most are shrubs or perennials. A few are annuals.
The list of best climbing plants will be changed from time to time - such is
gardening. If you feel that a particular climbing plant should
be added to the list, then please
email us, and if we feel that it is a good suggestion,
we will add it.
Our mail box leads us to believe that Climbing plants are gaining in
popularity all the time - year after year!
Welcome to our best ten (and more) climbing plants. It is the same with
everything. We all have our own particular favourites and it is
sometimes difficult to leave a certain one out. Maybe we should have
foreseen that 'Ten Best Climbing Plants' was going to be too
Best Climbing Plants List
Solanum jasminoides Album - Solanum crispum
Glasnevin - The best blue one. Climbing potato, or Chilean Potato
great, long flowering evergreen wall shrub or climber. As climbing plants go,
this one is a superb choice. It flowers through the summer and is easily
controlled by pruning. Needs support as it is not self-clinging. One of the best
flowering climbers. (Not really a climbing plant - more a floppy shrub that
Wisteria sinensis - Needs to be kept
under control, but what a show-off in mid spring. The Autumn colour is not too
Pruning Wisteria This climbing
plant twines around any support, and once established, sends out new shoots up
to 2m long in a season! Has to be one of the best climbing plants for a sturdy
support. Can be grown on stout wall wires or along a framework.
Hydrangea petiolaris - One of the best
climbing plants against a North facing wall. White flowers against bright green
foliage, then bright yellow autumn foliage. It is self-clinging by way of
adventitious roots, so should only be used on walls in good condition.
This climber can also be used for an effective ground
cover plant, if allowed to wander over a dry bank!
Campsis radicans - Self-clinging climber
with showy orange/red flowers mid summer. Quite a quick grower when established.
Can be grown in a large container, and has flowers
ranging from pink through to deepest scarlet. For flowering, it is best
in sunny aspect, though will grow happily in light shade.
Clematis - incl Clematis
armandii (Evergreen clematis) Pure white flowers in February - just what
is needed in this normally dismal month. Good screening plant and fairly good
rate of growth. Well suited to a shaded wall or fence.
A Good climber - so much so that
it would be easy to include ten varieties in this list of best ten
Eccremocarpos scaber (Chilean Glory
Flower) An annual with dainty foliage and bright tubular gold to red flowers.
Whilst it is not the easiest of plants to propagate from seed - it often seeds
itself if left alone!
The fact that it is an annual should not deter you
from growing this plant as a climber. It is well suited to growing in a
container - or open ground against an otherwise difficult dry wall base.
Pyracantha Varieties (Firethorn)
Really a shrub, but with training, can be used against a wall, with great cream
flower display in may followed by the berries in late summer. Can be in berry
for as long as 3 months. The hungry birds are the deciding factor.
Have no hesitation in recommending this as a wall
climber of sorts, for that is the way it is normally grown. Shade or
full sun - dry or damp, the Pyracanthas will give years of interest for
many months of the year.
Vitis coignetiae. A great climber with
huge heart shaped leaves that give spectacular Autumn colour of gold through to
deepest orange. Will grow in any situation, but needs support of sturdy trellis
or a tree on which to ramble.
I rate this as being probably the best autumn
colouring foliage of all plants! It can be rambled almost anywhere, and
is particularly spectacular in autumn when allowed to forage its way up
through some evergreen conifers.
Climbing Roses. The variety depends entirely on your
favourite colour. Pink Perpetue, Golden Showers, Climbing Iceberg, are a
few to consider. If I had to chose one, then it would have to be
An old English Yellow climbing rose - quite fragrant with large cupped
flowers, flowers throughout the summer if dead-headed. A vigorous
healthy variety that will reach 8'-10' (2.4 - 3.0m) in a few years.
Roses generally are so versatile, and their use as
climbers has long been recognised.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Virginia
Creeper. A self clinging climber that can reach 40-50ft (12-15m) in height.
Fantastic Autumn colour, and can be grown in a variety of ways. this runs a very
close second to the more varied colours of the related Vitis cognetiae.
But its vibrance is first rate and not superseded for autumn colour.
Hedera - Ivies are good for
North Facing situations with full shade. Some take a while to get
established, but thereafter are generally good growers.
'Goldheart', which starts off with small leaves, but getting larger as
they mature is good, as are the larger leaved varieties such as Hedera
canariensis Variegata and
Hedera colchica Dentata - Also hedera
sulphurea Paddies Pride.
Climbing Roses for shade will include Golden Showers
or the beautiful 'Danse du Feu'.
Hydrangea petiolaris - as above - is probably the best
of all self-clinging climbers for that situation.
The Vines such as Virginia Creeper or Boston Ivy will
do well in shade.
Clematis are often overlooked for shade situations.
Evergreen Clematis armandii is good, and of course Clematis montana Rubra. Most
Clematis will grow well in
shade, but some prefer to be able to grow up towards the sun.
Jasmines - especially the Jasminum nudiflorum (winter
and yellow), which is not a true climber, but can be trained against a wall or
Pyracanthavarieties will also do well in shade -
especially if cut back to spurs each year.