Clematis and Climbers

Top 10 Climbing Plants For Fences & Trellis

Last updated on March 7th, 2022

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To make your garden more attractive you can capitalise upon climbing plants and flowering vines that not only produce dark foliage but are complimented by beautifully coloured flowers that attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

The best climbing plants for trellis designs are those that really fit with your garden and the infrastructure you have. For example, you don’t need to purchase a brand new trellis in order to take advantage of a climbing plant. You can, instead, build one yourself using whatever materials you have around your property. Old wood, PVC pipe and garden wire can go a long way towards creating a structure up which any climbing plant can grow.

To make your garden more attractive you can capitalize upon climbing plants and flowering vines that not only produce dark foliage juxtaposed by beautifully coloured flowers but attract butterflies and bees to your garden.

In some cases, you might use climbing plants to attract local bees or butterflies to your garden, in which case you need to seek out the climbing plants that fulfil this purpose. Other gardeners might want to grow a climbing plant specifically to cover up an otherwise unsightly wall or structure. Still, some want to create short privacy walls or simply have something that is beautiful and fragrant to create a border around a patio or existing feature in the garden. That said, there are plenty of beautiful plants that you can use.

The best climbers for covering a fence are those which you are allowed to thrive without hindrance. All of the climbers on this list are plants that, when not pruned and left to their own devices can quickly and easily grow up over any fence or trellis you have.

The Best Climbers for Covering a Fence or Trellis

1. Trachelospermum jasminoides – Star Jasmine

The star jasmine is a vigorous and medium-sized Evergreen vine that brings to your garden dark green leaves up to 8cm in length along wiry stems. At the end of spring, you will see an abundance of sweetly fragrant flowers that are white in shade and star in shape, reaching 2.5 centimetres on average. As the flowers age, they take on a creamy hue.
Trachelospermum jasminoides

Star jasmine is a fragrant evergreen climber that vines up very effectively, but can also be used as a groundcover plant. In fact, you can plant it strategically so that it not only covers an area of your garden effectively but climbs up certain structures just as well. The star-shaped tiny white blossoms are beautiful and richly fragrant with a mixture of honey and almond and are complimented by the long, green leaves that will fan out and fill your garden.

Being evergreen they provide all year round coverage, however, they do need to be planted in a more sheltered position.


2. Lonicera x tellmanniana – Honeysuckle

This variety is a type of honeysuckle with a very long bloom time which allows you to enjoy flowers for a longer length of the growing season. What's more, the flowers themselves not only add a delicious perfume to your garden but take on a uniquely shaped blossom that can vine around any structure you have, scale a fence or building up to 5m in a single season, and does well to attract bees and butterflies to the area.
Lonicera x tellmanniana

This variety is a type of Honeysuckle that has a very long flowering period which allows you to enjoy flowers for a longer length of the growing season. What’s more, the flowers themselves not only add a delicious perfume to your garden but take on a uniquely shaped blossom that can vine around any structure you have, scale a fence or building, up to 5m in a single season, and it does well to attract bees and butterflies to the area.


3. Rhodochiton atrosanguineus

This purple bell vine gets its name from the exotic looking heart-shaped leaves and the fuchsia pendant flowers. They hang from tubular red and purple petal tubes which fall away after pollination giving your garden multiple levels of colour and texture. So popular are the combination of flowers and colours that this particular variety has received the award of garden marriage from The Royal Horticultural Society. Be aware of the fact that it will grow very fast and in the span of one season can reach up to 360 cm.
Rhodochiton atrosanguineus

This purple bell climber gets its name from the exotic-looking heart-shaped leaves and the deep purple pendant flowers. They hang from tubular red and purple petal tubes that fall away after pollination giving your garden multiple levels of colour and texture. So popular is the combination of flowers and colours that this particular variety has received the award of garden merit from The Royal Horticultural Society. Be aware of the fact that it will grow very quickly and in the span of one season it can reach heights of up to 360cm.

They are a little tender and we recommend cutting them back at the end of summer and keeping them in a greenhouse over winter before putting them out in spring to cover the whole fence or trellis again.


4. Wisteria floribunda

Wisteria is a wonderful plant to grow up any wall or structure because it is so strong and grow so quickly. If you are looking for something to quickly cover an unseemly structure or two add a vibrance of beautiful blooms, this is a good option.
Wisteria floribunda

Wisteria is a wonderful plant to grow up any wall or structure because it is so strong and grows so quickly. If you are looking for something to quickly cover an unsightly structure or to add a vibrance of beautiful blooms, this is a good option.

It can climb up walls, trellises and even up an existing tree in your garden. If you let it, it will reach remarkable heights of 30m if needed. It prefers moist, well-drained soil with a great deal of sun exposure.


5. Jasminum nudiflorum – Winter Jasmine

Winter Jasmine is a very unique flower given that it starts to bloom in Winter, hence its name. You will start to see flowers as early as January. The cold season blooms are rare but they do happen. More importantly, as part of the Jasmine family, you will enjoy a sweet scent from your porch with beautiful, starry blooms that add delightful colours to your landscape.
Jasminum nudiflorum

This variety of Jasmine is otherwise known as the Winter Jasmine because it produces stunning flowers against a backdrop of vibrant green stems throughout the winter prior to the arrival of the leaves.

Unique in this one capacity, it is a wonderful plant to mix in and around your garden with other plants so that you are able to enjoy the vibrancy of the lemon yellow flowers as well as the green stems at a time when other plants might still be in dormancy. This Winter Jasmine doesn’t self-cling so will need to be supported and grow against a trellis or wire netting attached to a fence.


6. Hydrangea anomala subsp. Petiolaris – Climbing Hydrangea

This hydrangea can help you take your love of hydrangeas to the next level. This particular climbing vine can grow up to 25m or more if allowed which makes it perfect for growing up and over structures that you have.
Hydrangea anomala subsp. Petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea)

This Hydrangea can help you take your love of Hydrangeas to the next level. This particular climbing plant can grow up to 25m or more if allowed, which makes it perfect for growing up and over any structures that you have.

You will see beautiful white flowers produce all summer long with the vibrant green leaves turning a yellow shade in the autumn. These grow well in shade and are often a good choice for planting in shadier areas where other climbers don’t do so well.


7. Parthenocissus quinquefolia – Virginia Creeper

If you are more interested in fast cover that cleans two walls or other surfaces and lends itself to some of the most richly shaded leaves, this is what you want.
Parthenocissus quinquefolia

If you are more interested in creating a fast cover that clings to walls or other surfaces and lends itself to some of the most richly shaded leaves, this is what you want.

Otherwise known as the Virginia creeper, this vine will cling to all surfaces very effectively. The leaves begin to change in the autumn as the sun exposure diminishes and the amount of chlorophyll with it.

What starts off as rich green foliage changes so that each leaf takes on a combination of reds, yellows, oranges and greens.


8. Clematis montana

The clematis Montana is a flowering climbing plant that will produce beautiful blooms as long as you keep the soil moist. It typically takes about two years for these to become established after which time you will enjoy an abundance of flowers in spring. These particular plants can grow significantly high and they will thrive in partial shade.
Clematis montana

The clematis montana is a flowering climbing plant that will produce beautiful blooms, as long as you keep the soil moist. It typically takes about two years for these to become established after which time you will enjoy an abundance of flowers in the spring. These particular plants can grow significantly high and thrive in partial shade.

For clematis, they are very low maintenance and require very little to no pruning except to keep them within a certain size.


9. Fallopia baldschuanica – Russian Vine

Colloquially referred to as the Russian Vine or the mile-a-minute plant, it gets its name from the expediency with which it grows. Once it grows it's very difficult to stop so it can quite easily be described as vigorous.
Fallopia baldschuanica (Russian Vine)

Colloquially referred to as the Russian Vine or the Mile-a-Minute plant, it gets its name from the expediency with which it grows. Once it gets itself established and growing it’s very difficult to stop, so it can quite easily be described as vigorous.

If you have a large space that you want to cover quickly, this is the perfect plant for that. It produces rich green leaves with clusters of small flowers that take on white and pink shades. It can be self-supported by its own tendrils and will grow much smoother than other plants without needing a great deal of pruning.

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10. Passiflora – Passionflower

Passion flowers are breathtaking blossom that offers a sweet smell as a wonderful bonus. The quintessential passion flowers the blue crown which will grow quite effectively up a trellis or over a wall and can reach up to 7 m tall.
Passiflora (Passion Flower)

Passionflowers produce, quite simply, a breathtaking blossom that offers a sweet smell as a wonderful bonus. An exotic-looking flower with a blue crown that will grow quite effectively up a trellis or over a wall and can reach up to 7m tall.

Being evergreen it offers all year round colour and is great for use to cover large fence panels or walls.

Passiflora
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