This climber can also be used for an effective ground
cover plant, if allowed to wander over a dry bank!
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.
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 Pyracantha 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But its vibrance is first rate and not superseded for autumn colour.
Others Climbing Plants to consider
Climbers for a North Facing Wall or Fence.
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
Pyracantha varieties will also do well in shade -
especially if cut back to spurs each year.
See Also Best Ten
Evergreen Climbing Plants