Climbing Plants can give added height to gardens small and large, without taking up too much ground space. Vertical gardening at its best.
Our best climbing plants include some that are suitable for most garden situations.
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!
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 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 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.
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 fence.
Pyracantha varieties will also do well in shade - especially if cut back to spurs each year.
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