Lets Check About Leading Climbing Plants


Transform walls, fences, arcades, gazebos and pergolas into stunning garden elements with climbing plants to create vertical representations of flowers and foliage. Browse our full range of climbing plants here. Alternatively, to help you choose the perfect climbing plants for your needs, we have asked our team of horticulture experts for your favorites. Incredibly versatile, here are the climbing plants that made it into our top ten.

1. Wisteria

Wisteria sinensis varieties are a classic of cottage gardens that are instantly recognizable and tend to have shorter flower tendrils than Wisteria floribunda varieties, but both are equally impressive in full bloom. These sturdy climbers need a strong support frame to climb and can reach an impressive age. For a Wisteria sinensis, we recommend Wisteria sinensis ‘Patio Standard’ or if you prefer to try a variety of Floribunda, with its pretty pink hanging flowers, Wisteria floribunda ‘Rosea’ is very popular. For a touch of exquisite white flowers, try the floribunda wisteria ‘Alba’, which has also received a Garden Merit Award from the RHS.

2. Clematis

Whether your garden is large or small, there is a clematis for every site. The best known are the large-flowered and summer-flowering varieties such as ‘The President’ and ‘Ernest Markham’. For a shaded wall, choose the popular clematis ‘Nelly Moser’, which does well in a cool, north-facing place.

If you have a lot of space, then Clematis montana ‘Mayleen’ grows quickly, has pale pink flowers, sparkling bronze foliage and is probably the most fragrant of all clematis. For a smaller garden or balcony, try our Clematis Patio collection for three charming pots, each containing an eye-catching clematis with a compact habit.

3. Parthenocissa

Parthenocissus is a very powerful climbing plant, ideal for covering walls with dense foliage. Grown for its colorful autumn leaves, it provides a wonderfully dramatic display when the foliage turns into eye-catching reds and oranges. The most famous variety is Parthenicissus quinquefolia with five leaflets per stem. Its Cousins P. tricuspidata (Boston ivy) and P. henryana are equally impressive and all do well in the sun or in the shade.

4. Sweet Pea

For a much smaller climbing plant, perfect for adding color and fragrance to an obelisk or a fence, we love sweet peas. These popular annuals are easy to grow from seeds or cuttings and do not get out of control. They are perfect for summer terraces and also grow well in containers or curbs. With so many varieties to choose from, you are spoilt for choice.

5. Trachelospermum

Evergreen climbing plants play a particularly useful role in creating coverage and interest for the garden all year round. Often confused with Jasmine, Trachelospermum has pretty shiny foliage and intensely fragrant summer flowers. Trachelospermum jasminoides is one of the best, with a rich fragrance and dark leaves that contrast beautifully with the pale flowers. If you like variegated foliage, then T. jasminoides ‘Variegatum’ is a more decorative evergreen display

6. Hydrangea petiolaris

Shady north-facing walls can be difficult, but Hydrangea petiolaris thrives positively in cooler positions. With its large bright white flower heads and contrasting dark heart-shaped foliage, it illuminates even the darkest wall. Autumn colors its leaves in gold and ensures an elegant change of season. Although it is a large climbing plant when mature, it may take some time to establish itself. So be patient while she grows up!

7. Ivy

This evergreen climbing plant does not always have the best reputation, but there are many cultivated varieties that behave better than the wild species commonly seen. With a robust constitution and shapely evergreen foliage, ivy can form a thin mantle for a wall or fence. The colorful Hedera helix ‘Goldheart’ is particularly striking or for a fast-growing ivy, H. hibernica is ideal if you have a large area that you want to cover.

8. Climbing rose

Who can resist the Charm of a climbing or wandering Rose? Layer after layer of lush petals make these beauties a must for training on pergolas and spiraling around columns. Sprawling rose, rosa ‘Madame Alfred Carriere’, is a vigorous breeder who creates a cloud of reddish-pink flowers as it spreads over garden sheds and walls.

For a more controlled display, opt for a smaller climbing rose such as Rose ‘golden Showers’ or Rose ‘Eden Rose 88’. And for those who don’t like the idea of thorny stems, we recommend the elegant banksiae rose ‘Lutea’, fast growing and practically without thorns.

9. Sollya heterophylla

This Australian native is a fabulous evergreen climber for the Terrace or veranda. Its showy dark sapphire flowers always attract compliments. Sollya is a compact and well-mannered climber who likes to wind around an obelisk. It needs winter protection from the cold, so it is better to grow it in a container so that it can be brought indoors for the winter. For the sapphirest flowers, opt for Sollya heterophylla ‘Ultra sapphire’.

10. GEI

No list of climbers would be complete without the faithful honeysuckle. Bees and other pollinators love tubular flowers, and the following berries provide valuable food for birds. Lonicera ‘Gold Flame’ offers a lot of fragrance and showy rose-gold flowers in summer. For a more traditional variety, try the butter-yellow Lonicera ‘Graham Thomas’ or mix things up with the tropical flowers of L. ‘Dropmore Scarlet’, which is semi-persistent in mild places.

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