15 of the most vigorous, fast growing climbers

15 of the most vigorous, fast growing climbers

15 of the most vigorous, fast growing climbers

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There are hundreds, if not thousands of climbing plants, but when you are looking for fast growing climbing plants to cover a wall or trellis, climb up the side of a home or hide unsightly views as well as many other situations you may have, it can be hard choosing one that is suitable for what you want it for.

Whether you are looking for a fast growing evergreen climber, or summer flowering deciduous climbers, there should be one on our list that may just be what you are looking for.

Our list is made up of 15 types of climbing plants, some of which are evergreen, others flower in spring whilst others flower in the winter. Some prefer an open site in full sun, whilst others will grow well in shadier areas of the garden. Some climbers will easily cover 10 to 30ft in height in just one season.

The following climbing plants are all deciduous although in sheltered positions, some may not lose their leaves in the winter.

Where you can buy our recommended fast growing climbers

Many plant nurseries that specialize in quality climbing plants now sell their plants on Amazon.co.uk and will deliver them direct to your door within a couple of days.

To help you find the correct plants and compare prices we have included a link ‘under their pictures’ to the plants which are available from specialist nurseries who sell on Amazon.


Fast Growing Climbers


Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle)

lonicera periclymemum fast growing deciduous climber for shadier areas of the garden

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Also known as ‘Late Dutch Honeysuckle‘ there are a few varieties to choose from including ‘Serotina’ and ‘Florida’. These are very fast growing and are ideal for climbing over pergolas, fences and alternatively up walls too.

They climb and attach themselves by twining around something whether it be trellis work or a fence. They are a very vigorous deciduous shrub with oval dark green leaves and produce, often perfumed flowers in summer and into the autumn followed by red berries.

They grow well in most well-drained soils in full sun and partial shade so will grow well on a north facing wall where they would not receive much sun. Plant in exposed or sheltered sites. A suitable plant for most situations, can be effected by powdery mildew so spray with a fungicide at the first sign. They are usually affected less when planted in partial shade.

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Humulus lupulus

Hops, Humulus lupulus, Perennial Vine 20 Seeds (Fast, Hardy)

Also known as ‘Golden Hop’, this vigorous twining climber has palmate-lobed yellow leaves followed by small yellow flowers.

Ideally suited for planting in a sheltered position, it grows well in a south-facing or west-facing position in full sun or partial shade.

Prefers moist but well-drained soil and will grow to around 8 metres by 2.5 metres.

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Fallopia (Mile-a-minute)

Fallopia baldschuanica Mile a Minute Vine (Sent in 9cm pot) (3)

This is probably the fastest growing of all climbers and is renowned for covering large areas very quickly. Also known as Mile-a-minute and Polygonum baldshuanicum, this deciduous plant has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by The Royal Horticultural Society.

It will grow to an astonishing 13ft in one year and will grow to approximately 12 metres by 3 metres once established so if you have a large eyesore to cover this may be the climber for you. It has small green leaves that get smothered in creamy white bracts that cover the entire plant.

Grows well in most well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade and is very easy to grow. Very popular, but it can get out of hand in smaller areas.

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Clematis montana

clematis montana ideal for shadier areas of the garden

Another fast growing climber that will grow in nearly any position. There are many varieties of clematis montana from montana ‘Grandiflora’ with it’s pure white flowers to montana ‘Mayleen’ with it’s vanilla scented pink flowers.

This deciduous clematis climbs with it’s twining leaf stalks, it often flowers around May and produces small single flowers.

Thrives in sheltered or exposed areas of the garden and full sun or partial shade in most soils types as long as it is well-drained.

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Wisteria ‘Amethyst Falls’

Wisteria Amethyst Falls which is a fast growing climber ideal for cover walls.

There are many Wisteria cultivars and all are fast growing but ‘Amethyst Falls‘ has made it onto our list as it is one of the only ones that is fast growing but suitable for smaller gardens.

It grows to around 15ft (500cm) with a spread of 10ft (300cm) and needs to be grown on some kind of support such as a trellis frame or wires.

They are easy to keep to a certain size with the correct pruning method but it also flowers when young and as most Wisteria can take years to flower this is an added bonus.

It needs full sun but will grow in light shade in fertile well-drained soil.

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Climbing Roses

white cockade climbing rose

There are many climbing roses that are fast growing and ideal for growing over a pergola or covering wall and some varieties such as Zephirine Droughin will grow on a shaded, north facing wall. There is no other flower like the ones produced by roses with their perfumed scent.

To read more about the top 10 best climbing roses – click here

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Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia Red Wall new variety virginia creeper

Parthenocissus quinquefolia is also known as the Virginia creeper plant. It is an excellent all round deciduous fast growing climber and will grow in nearly all positions including shade unlike most climbers.

The green lobed leaves turn red/orange in the autumn for the most beautiful autumn display of colour. They climb by using tendrils or disc-like suckers so do not need support as they self cling to walls.

Will grow in sheltered, exposed areas in full sun, partial shade or shade. Plant in fertile but well drained soil, grows to around 12 metres tall with a spread of around 8 metres.

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Climbing Hydrangea

climbing hydrangea which grows in shade

Climbing Hydrangeas are ideal for planting in shadier parts of the garden where nothing else will grow. They use clinging aerial roots to attach themselves to walls and fences and can grow to 50ft once they get going. They flower on the previous years growth so pruning straight after flowering is advised.

The lace cap type flowers are often 30cm (1ft) in length and appear in early summer around May / June. They prefer moist but well-drained soil and shade, partial shade or full sun.

They are a little slow to start so don’t expect too much growth for the first year but once they have got their roots out, they will romp away and cover large areas quickly.

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Fast growing evergreen climbers


Solanum jasminoides Album

Solanum jasminoides Album

Also known as the Potato Vine, this evergreen climber is best grown on a support or trellis and it will even grow well through other climbers.

Best planted in a sheltered spot in fun sun or semi-shade in fertile but well-drained soil. 

Once established they are drought resistant and will grow to around 4 metres by the same spread. The star-shaped white or purple flowers have a mild perfume and will flower from summer and into the autumn. It has been awarded an RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit).

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Clematis armandii

clematis armandii fast growing climber

Armandii clematis as it is also known, is a large vigorous evergreen climber with dark green leathery leaves that are around 15cm across.

They are an early flowering clematis and flower early to mid-spring and have single fragrant creamy white flowers.

They prefer a sheltered position in full sun and will grow to around 8 metres with a spread of around 3 metres.

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Clematis cirrhosa – ‘Freckles’ and ‘Jingle bells’

clematis cirrhosa freckles evergreen climber which flower in winter.

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’ with it’s pale pink flowers, mottled with cream and the ‘Jingle Bells’ variety with it’s pale yellow flowers are vigorous evergreen climbers which flower in the winter and early spring making them ideal for providing winter colour. Both prefer a sheltered spot in full sun. They are ideal for a wall side border and for growing in pots.

They get to around 4 metres wide by around a 1 metre spread.

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Lonicera henryi ‘Copper Beauty’

Lonicera henryi vigorous climber

This fast growing evergreen twining climber is often called ‘Henry’s Honeysuckle’. It is a type of honeysuckle and had dark green ovate leaves and produces fragrant yellow and red tubular flowers in summer, these are followed by black berries.

It will grow in most soils as long as it is well-drained and will reach heights of 8 metres. Will grow well in full sun or partial shade and exposed or sheltered areas.

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Trachelospermum Jasminoides (Star Jasmine)

Ttrachelospermum jasminoides evergreen climber

Originating from Japan and the far east, this vigorous evergreen twining climber has dark green ovate leaves and produces jasmine like star shaped very fragrant white flowers in summer.

The leaves take on a reddish colour in winter and will grow to around 8 metres tall. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade in a sheltered position.

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Passiflora (Passion Flower)

Evergreen fast growing evergreen passion flower

There are many types of passion flowers but the hardy variety is the common ‘caerulea’ variety which produces distinctive, exotic looking beautiful blue flowers.

They are very fast growing and prefer a sheltered position where it will thrive in full sun or partial shade. They prefer fertile but moist soil and are fairly hardy, in very cold areas they are best grown in large pots and moved indoors in winter. ]

The large evergreen leaves are lobed and it uses it twining stems to climb. Height x Spread: 12 metres x 4 metres.

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Hedera helix (Ivy)

English Ivy, Hedera Helix climbing or ground cover plant

More commonly known as Common Ivy, there are many types of ivy and they are available in a large variety of colours from dark green leaves to variegated yellow and cream leaves.

They use aerial roots to hold onto walls and will climb anything from walls, fences, trees or whatever they come cross. They are very hardy and will grow in full sun or semi-shade and even shade.

With lots of varieties available there are some smaller varieties so check the eventual sizes before purchasing.

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Best selling fast growing climbers

Bestseller No. 1
Clematis 'Rouge Cardinal' Hardy Deciduous Climber Plant Garden Shrub | 9cm Pot
  • Pot Size: 9cm
  • Plant Height (Including Pot): 20 - 30cm
  • Characteristics: Hardy deciduous climber with mid-green foliage and large red single flowers.
  • Growth & Spread: Ultimate height of 2 – 4m and spread of 0.5 – 1m.
  • Flourishing Season: Flowers early to mid-Summer into the Autumn.
Bestseller No. 2
Boston Ivy Fast growing climber Parthenocissus tricuspidata Veitchii 25 seeds
  • Spectacular Autumn Foliage, Cover Fences, Screen Oil Tanks, Instructions for growing included.
Bestseller No. 3
Yukio SEED CORNER - 100pcs Rare Purple Ivy Creepers Vines Fast Growing, Evergreen Climbers Plants, Exotic Hardy Perennial Flower Seeds for Walls, Fences, trellises and pergolas
  • Bring the summer feeling to your balcony or garden with this hardy climbing and climbing plant. The climber is incredibly rich in purple leaves during flowering.
  • The ivy is a fast-growing climber, which is also one of the most popular greenery for facades. It is hardy to -18 ° Celsius, gets 3 m high and up to 150 cm wide.
  • It grows very fast and is therefore well suited as a screen and shade dispenser. The large leaves are as close as roof tiles on top of each other, which gives the climbing plants an almost tropical appearance.
  • It is robust, easy to care for and very hardy. It thrives in the sun, in partial shade & shade.
  • The perennial climbing plant grows up to 5 meters in height and has a low to medium water requirement. It can be cut back or shaped as needed at any time.
Bestseller No. 4
Blue PASSONFLOWER Passiflora coerulea - 10cm Tall Starter Seedling - The hardiest Passion Flower for The UK - Fast Growing Climber with Large, Blue Flowers
  • 10cm starter tall plant in a 7cm pot ready to dispatch; freshly hand picked from our nursery benches; cultivated under UK climatic conditions. You will be impressed with the style and presentation of our lovely packaging, also perfect for sending to someone as a gift. It should grow 150cm this year only, and ready to be planted out from July.
  • no plant movement in transit: with our special packing method, developed by us
  • with FREE growing kit including full growing instructions.
  • exotically beautiful, 7-10cm wide, blue flowers
  • 8-10cm long, orange coloured fruits which has an edible, sweet translucent pulp around the seeds.
Bestseller No. 5
LOT OF 3 MIXED CLEMATIS CLIMBING PLANTS FAST GROWING IN 9 CM SIZED POTS
  • Lot of 3 mixed Clematis
  • 3 different climbing clematis plant's selected at random from our range
  • good quality, fast growing
  • supplied in 9 cm sized pot's, approx 30 cm tall
  • hardy plant's
Bestseller No. 6
Pack x6 Hardy Jasmine Jasminum 'Clotted Cream' Perennial Climbing Plug Plants
  • Sensational new vatiety of this fast growing climbing Jasmine with lime-cream highly scented flowers
  • Height: 11m
  • Pack six plug plants
Bestseller No. 7
Tiger Snake Vine Seeds -Unusual, Fast Growing Climber
  • 5 seeds distinctive yellow and black flowers, that look almost like Yellow Jacket Wasps. The leaves are olive-green, usually quite ovate (wide oval) and hairy along the vine. It needs fairly well-drained soils, although it does seem to be quite tolerant of heavier soils and tolerates slightly alkaline soils too. It's ideal for embankments, covering garages, and it is brilliant for screening as long as the structure is sturdy
Bestseller No. 8
Fast Growing Climber Vine Chilean Jasmine MANDEVILLA LAXA Fragrant, Scented, Trumpet Like Flowers, Patio Plant, Evergreen (10-15cm tal, it May be leafless Until April Due to Cold)
  • Our best available 10-15cm tall, young plant (MAY BE LEAFLESS BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND APRIL) in sturdy 7cm pot ready to dispatch; freshly hand picked from our nursery benches; cultivated under UK climatic conditions. You will be impressed with the style and presentation of our lovely packaging, also perfect for sending to someone as a gift.
  • no plant movement in transit: with our special packing method, developed by us
  • with FREE growing kit including full growing instructions.
  • climbing shrub (ultimate height is 2m) with masses of pure white, trumpet like, highly scented flowers in the Summer
  • half-hardy (down to -5C), good for the patio or to be trained to a sheltered trellis but it dislikes a hot, heat reflecting wall, so it is best grown "free standing", in half shade
Bestseller No. 9
1 Virginia Creeper - Parthenocissus Quinquefolia - 2-3ft Tall in 2L Pot
  • Parthenocissus Quinquefolia Engelmannii
  • Fast Growing Climber
  • 2L Pot Ready to Plant
  • Virginia Creeper - 2-3ft Tall
  • Deciduous - No leaves in winter
Bestseller No. 10
Star Jasmine Evergreen Climbing Garden Plant for Trellis, Fences & Obelisks Baring Fragrant White Summer Flowers, 2 x Trachelospermum Jasminoides in 2L Pots by Thompson & Morgan
  • Star Jasmine, also known as Trachelospermum jasminoides, is an evergreen climbing plant for gardens and outdoors with scented white flowers in summer.
  • This fast-growing climber provides year-round screening with its glossy evergreen foliage along with white star-like flowers with a heady fragrance.
  • Ideal for growing up trellis, on pergolas or garden arches, this easy-to-grow and vigorous hardy plant thrives in most gardens.
  • Potted garden plant; Supplied as 2 x Trachelospermum jasminoides (Star Jasmine) plants in 2 Litre Pots.
  • Your satisfaction guaranteed; we want you to be 100% satisfied with any product you buy from us. If you’re not 100% happy then neither are we, so let us know and we’ll replace your product or give you your money back.


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Response to "15 of the most vigorous, fast growing climbers"

  • Many of your growth projections seem very over the top, maybe I am wrong…For example, you say Clematis armandii can grow to 50 feet!!! Every site I’ve been on says 4m (about 16feet max!!!)

  • Hi Sarah, we have the Clematis Armandii growing to 8 meters which is around 26ft not 50ft. The RHS also state it grows to 8 meters tall. Usually, when you read about plant sizes they are usually height within 10 years, obviously it also depends on the location and how good the soil is ect. Some of the old stately home gardens have some really mature Armandii.

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