Great Climbing Vines for your Garden



If you have an ugly wall, a naked pergola, or an arbor that could use a bit of color, a climber may be for you.  Climbers come in all shapes and sizes; some bloom, others produce fruit, and some you may never have thought of using.  There are some that are fast growing, such as the hardy Kiwi, Wisteria Amethyst falls, Autumn Clematis, and Honeysuckle.  Other climbers may take a little more time to grow and most require some sort of a support system to help them reach their full potential.


Wisteria Amethyst Falls:

Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ is a fast-growing vine that is hardy in zones 5-9.  Though it is less aggressive than the Chinese variety, it can still be a bit of a thug.  Many websites will state that this variety will not spread or take over, this is not always the case.   Amethyst Falls is a very easy to grow vine that can take all types of soil, full sun, and a support system (like a pergola or trellis).  It blooms late spring to early summer barring grape-like purple blooms.   This vine produces a great show of color and should be planted flowering visual.



Clematis Nelly Moser



This is a broad range of flowering vines that includes over 300 species.  Interest can be gained spring, summer, and autumn.  They require shaded rooting, this is where their roots can stay cool while the top of the plant is able to bask in the sun.  They are hardy in zones 4-8 and come in a variety of colors as well as leaf shapes.  Favorites included: Clematis alpine, Nelly Moser, Autumn Clematis, Clematis x jackmanii, Clematis henryi, Clematis montana.

Clematis x jackmanii

Clematis alpine

Autumn clematis










Clematis henryi

Clematis montana

























This is an aggressive twining vine that has a tendency to spread and may be considered invasive in some areas.  It blooms in the spring and can last through the summer depending on the variety.  It is hardy in zones 3-8 and it is great for attracting hummingbirds and other pollinators.











Snow Goose


One of the top plants you consider when thinking of an English garden.  Climbing roses come in a wide variety of colors and fragrances.  They do require structural support but it’s worth the effort when you consider the stunning results.  Favorite varieties include: Gertrude Jekyll, Snow Goose, Graham Thomas, Abraham Darby, Falstaff, Iceberg, Rosa banksiae.   They do require a bit more care than other flowering vines as well as some well-known insects that can damage them like Japanese Beetles.  They are however, a classic plant for any English-style garden and can give be a captivating addition to the landscape.

Gertrude Jeykll

Graham Thomas

Abraham Darby










Iceberg rose

Rosa banksiae





















Passion Flower:  

Passion flowers are a great addition to any garden.  This exotic flower is rapid growing and produces stunning and unique flowers.  Blooms all summer but is only hardy in zones 5-9.  Some are hardy to zones 6 if planted in a sheltered spot.  They take full sun and are deer resistant.






Climbing Hydrangea:

This climbing vine has large clusters of white flowers that bloom in the late spring and into the summer.  This vine will grow large and tall with the right supports.  The vine can be heavy, so having a substantial support is a must.  The vine adheres to structures by aerial roots that grow out from the main stem.  This vine is hardy in zones 5-7 and require rich moist but well-drained soil.  They do well in sun to part shade, but would prefer afternoon shade if in full sun. 












This vine is also known as trumpet vine or trumpet creeper.  This is a very vigorous growing climber that has clusters of trumpet-shaped orange to red flowers.  It blooms late summer to autumn and is hardy in zones 4-9.  Though this is a great vine to attract hummingbirds, it is considered an invasive by some.  If you are willing to do the work, however, this can be a great vine to cover a full sun to part shade area fast.  Like wisteria, you must keep up with runners and over growth to keep it where you want it.  It can take hard and aggressive pruning.










Other options are the following (although they will need more work

to keep from becoming unruly):






Hardy Kiwi:

Male Hardy Kiwi








Parthenocissus tricuspidata (Boston Ivy):







Russian Vine: