A climbing plant is a graceful and stylish addition to any garden.
Not only does a trellis or wall provide you with an extra canvas to play with, but a climbing plant will add a burst of colour and scent to your outside spaces.
Climbing plants are not only great for the garden but are a reliable source of nectar for pollinating insects, such as bees, butterflies and moths. The vines and foliage also provide habitat space for birds and other garden wildlife.
How to choose the right plant for your green space:
With such a broad range of plants to choose from on the market, selecting the right plant for you and your garden can seem daunting.
When looking to buy your first climber, there are a few questions to consider first.
- Firstly, where do you want to plant your climber?
- How much sun does your chosen spot receive; does water drain with ease following heavy rainfall?
- How big does your plant choice grow, and will the vertical space be able to support it?
- Why are you growing the plant; for its blooms and scent, foliage, or tasty fruits?
- Will you be growing your plant on a sturdy wall or something more delicate, such as a trellis or archway?
Keep reading for our top five climbers for all kinds of garden and outside spaces.
1. Jasmine for enticing scent and elegant flowers
For gardens with plenty of sunlight and in need of colour and scent, choose Jasmine.
- Most Jasmines possess pretty and delicate flowers with a perfume-like scent, require moderate to high levels of sunlight and well-drained soil.
- Choose Jasmine to brighten up a small garden space enclosed by walls, or train your plant to climb up the trunks of trees for an enchanting display!
- In the case of Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum), the fragrant flowers emerge in mid-summer to mid-autumn.
- Jasmine 'Clotted Cream' is also a deciduous and fairly hardy plant that's able to survive in colder locations. However, it may suffer from frost damage when its stems are exposed to freezing conditions. When placed near doorways, Jasmine can be wonderfully inviting. The scent catches the breeze and you'll notice it as you come and go.
2. Honeysuckle for abundant, reliable and sweet-smelling blooms
A hit with moths and butterflies, the flowers of honeysuckle will always receive a warm welcome from your garden visitors come spring.
- Honeysuckle is a vigorous and versatile shrub that's able to thrive in a variety of gardens with differing soil types.
- It looks great when grown against a wall, fence and some can even be planted as hedges.
- Honeysuckle 'Rhubarb and Custard' is a well-recognised garden climber, and for good reason! It produces masses of delicate star-like, pink-purple buds from June all the way through to October.
- Choose Tellmann's Honeysuckle to bring warmth to city and courtyard gardens. This deciduous, twining climber produces orange-yellow flowers in late spring and summer. It needs fertile, well-draining soil and some sun to thrive; although, it can tolerate some shade.
- Japanese Honeysuckle 'Mint Crisp' is a frost-hardy plant with stunning marbled leaves which take on a flush of pink later in the year. With pretty cream-gold flowers lasting from summer till autumn, 'Mint Crisp' can persist in shaded gardens and can be grown in containers, too.
3. Pick Passion Flower for compact growth and a fresh summer look
Passion Flower is best known for the delicious, egg-shaped fruits produced in late summer. Although tasty when ripened, be warned that when unripe fruits are eaten they can cause stomach upsets.
Passiflora caerulea, known by the common name Blue Passion Flower, is a woody vine which can grow up to 25 meters in height. Despite this, it can be grown successfully in large containers in the garden or a conservatory. Alternatively, you can train this plant to climb the garden walls and the trunks of trees. If you would like to grow Passion Flower, make sure your chosen spot gets plenty of sun, south or west-facing is ideal.
4. Grapevine for striking, leafy foliage and sweet fruits
The Grapevine, or Vitis in Latin, is a deciduous, woody-stemmed tendril-climbing plant. In the UK, grape plants are selected for their fiery foliage, displaying autumnal hues when exposed to sunny conditions.
Here are some of our favourite varieties that are well-suited for growing in the UK!
- Vitis vinifera 'Spetchley Red' is superb choice for sizzling colour. Its fruits ripen earlier in the year, making them perfect for growing in colder climates.
- Grow Vitis vinifera 'Purpurea' for its beautiful two-toned leaves and fruits and stunning displays through the year.
- If you are a wine connoisseur who would like to have a go at making your own, 'Golden Champion' is the variety for you. Just make sure your garden receives plenty of sun.
You can learn more about growing grapes, including pruning and harvest, below:
5. Plant Clematis for long-lasting, colourful blooms year after year
Clematis is a popular choice of plant boasting a huge selection of cultivars.
But which one should you go for? Some of the cultivars are more vigorous and fast-growing, requiring sturdy support. The growth habits of other Clematis cultivars can be described as more compact, of which are best grown as a part of a herbaceous border or in flower baskets.
- Clematis 'little lemons' has been adapted from the Clematis tangutica variety, although it is much less vigorous than its close cousin. Its tidy and close-packed growth habit makes it a brilliant climbing plant for small spaces, such as container gardens and window boxes. Its flowers later form brown, fluffy seed heads in the autumn, great for adding an interesting layer of texture to borders and beds.
Learn everything you need to know about the different kinds of Clematis and how to prune them below:
Once you've found your perfect climber, the next step is to care for it.
From gloves to secateurs, find everything you need for maintaining your garden and plants in our collection below.
Little Garden ShopShort Handled Hoe
EcowormEcoworm Soil Extract For Tomatoes & Peppers - Organic Feed 1L
Wall To Wall PlantsGeneral Purpose Gardening Gloves from Clip Glove - Mens (Large)
Pretty-Planter-LtdSmall Raised Flower Bed
Wall To Wall PlantsARS VS-8XZ Heavy Duty Secateurs 8"
Little Garden ShopDaisy/Weed Grubber