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Best evergreen climbers – 6 types for all year round colour
Last Updated on January 21, 2020 by John
If you are looking to have different shades of beautiful flowers and lush green foliage all year round, then you need some of these best evergreen climbers to make sure that your garden is thriving all year long.
The best evergreen climbing plants include many varieties that produce a rainbow of shades littered throughout not just the spring and summer but the Autumn and the winter as the leaves often change to vibrant red and orange colours in autumn with a spectacular show of flowers in summer. the clematis jingle bells even flowers in winter!
Passiflora caerulea (Passion Flower)
Passion flowers are some of the most visually stunning flowers you will ever see. Even though they are the quintessential tropical flower, they can legitimately be grown anywhere, especially the common passiflora caerulea variety pictured above. There are so many varieties although most people know of the white and purple mixture, you can capitalize upon stunning burgundy flowers, blue flowers, pink and white mixtures, and much more. The 3 hardy varieties we recommend are Passiflora caerulea, Passiflora caerulea Constance Eliott which is all white and Passiflora ‘Amethyst’ which is purple.
Passion flowers are versatile such that you can grow them in your garden and allow them the opportunity to climb up a wall or pergola, even a trellis. You can also grow them in containers so that they can climb up the specific structures in your garden and give you flowers throughout the growing season.
With passion flowers, you don’t need to deadhead or prune realistically at all. They will continue to vine and wraparound whatever structure you provide for them and the flowers will come and go at their leisure. You will enjoy a variety of stunning bass pedals offset by the circular collection of richly coloured petals and stamens in the middle. After flowers, they produce bright orange fruits.
This variety of climbing clematis is a sweetly scented climber that is well-known for the diverse foliage it offers and the single form of flowers that take on the shape of stars. Clematis armandii is an evergreen, one that provides blooms that are uncharacteristic for the plant itself, trifoliate, and large, with leathery leaves.
The young leaves start out as a bronze colour after which they take on a dark green shade with age. They offer a verdant backdrop all year round and will prolifically bloom with very intensely scented saucer-like flowers that start in March and go all the way through June. This is a white flowering species that offers flowers spanning between 6 and 9 cm. They give a beautiful pure white display against the dark foliage with a scent that combines almonds and honey. If you allow it to grow up a fence or the side of your house, you don’t have to worry about it destroying the structure unlike with other climbers like ivy. The picture above is of a variety of clematis armandii called apple blossom which has a pink tint to the leaves.
Star jasmine gets its name from the star-shaped flowers it produces. This particular plant is very well known for producing a lush, dark green backdrop offset by the tiny white flowers you will see.
These white flowers are richly scented and perfectly suited for growing up structures. This beautiful flower is best grown up a wall, a trellis, or allowed to trail around your property in the form of ground cover. It makes for a wonderful summer blooming plant especially in containers if you live in a colder area as they can be a little tender so a sheltered site is advised. It is best to plant it someplace where the wind won’t brush the rich sent away from you.
Climbing Hydrangea Seemannii
Almost all climbing hydrangeas have one thing in common, they are all a bit slow to really get moving once they’re planted. Most of the time it can take a few years for that collection of flowers to a mass but with this variety you can enjoy rich foliage and as it starts to grow beautiful, white frothy flowers. The flowers can be removed as soon as they appear so that the growth is expedited.
This variety should not be confused with the deciduous climbing hydrangea which does lose all its leaves in winter.
Hedera Helix (Ivy)
English ivy is a vigorous evergreen vine which can be used to provide ornamental ground cover or establish itself as a covering for brick walls or stone walls. If you are planting outside you need to make sure that this particular variety you plan to use is acceptable in your area simply because it is so invasive that in certain regions you might have to undergo considerations to keep it confined to your property.
As an ornamental climbing cover for any exterior you have, you want to plant this in a place where other ground covers may not grow readily. It requires moist, well-drained soil and can spread upward or outward depending on whether it is used up the side of a building or as ground cover significantly. It does best with mild shade or indirect sunlight and requires very little feeding. You can cut it back every 3 years to rejuvenate the plant. Ivy does not need support as it can climb even brick walls with not support although it will need a little support to get it started until its attached itself to the wall.
Clematis Jingle Bells (Winter flowering)
This clematis, otherwise known as Jingle Bells, has very attractive flowers that take on a bell-like shape followed by fluffy seed heads thereafter. It is an evergreen climber that produces flowers from late Autumn through early spring that take on a pale yellow or creamy white the shade.
The flowers are produced in the winter and the early spring which means that when grown in your garden you can combine the clematis Jingle Bells with other clematis or other climbing evergreens from this list to make sure that the flowers grow at different times of the year, regularly.
This particular plant requires fertile, well-drained soil in a warm and sheltered location. The base should be kept cool and shaded and you don’t have to do much in terms of pruning. Thankfully this particular plant is generally disease-free.