Ten Best Climbing Plants - Climbers (And more)
Climbing Plants can give added height to gardens
small and large, without taking up too much ground space. Vertical
gardening at its best.
best climbing plants include some that are suitable for most garden
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
They an 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
Most are shrubs or perennials. A few are annuals.
list of best climbing plants will be changed from time to time - such is
gardening. If you feel that a particular 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). 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'
was going to be too restrictive.
Best Climbing Plants List
Solanum jasminoides Album
- Solanum crispum Glasnevin - The best blue one. Climbing potato, or
Chilean Potato Tree-Vine! A great, long flowering
or climber. As
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 needs support!
- Needs to be kept under control, but what a show-off in mid
spring. The Autumn colour is not too bad either.
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 for a sturdy
support. Can be grown on stout wall wires or along a framework.
- One of the best 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.
Climbing Hydrangea can also be used for an
effective ground cover plant, if allowed to wander over a dry bank!
Actinidia - Kiwi
Robust hardy fast growing Climber - ideal for pergola
Self-clinging climber with showy orange/red flowers mid summer. Quite a
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.Allow
room for it to 'go'
(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.
How to grow Clematis
A Good climber - so much so that it would be
easy to include ten varieties in this list!
Eccremocarpus scaber (Chilean
) 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 can be
grown as 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.
(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
. A great climber vine 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
Passion Fruit Vine
- A great evergreen climbing plant - Passiflora - with spectacular
flowers, and attractive foliage.
If you are lucky and have good sun -
you may even get edible fruits.
one of a couple of Schisandra that we feature on this page.
A very useful
climber where there is sturdy support by way of trellis or pergola.
. 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.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia - Virginia Creeper. A self
clinging plant 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 coignetiae. But its vibrance is first rate and not
superseded for autumn colour.
Akebia Quinata Chocolate Vine
- Semi-evergreen for sun or part
shade - any aspect!
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
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 fence.
varieties will also do well in shade - especially if cut back to spurs each