5 best climbing plants for adding height, interest and colour to your garden

Make use of the unlimited vertical areas of a garden with climbers that will add an extra dimension of colour, form, foliage and fragrance and be easily appreciated at eye level

Best climbing plants for adding colour
Published: December 13, 2021 at 11:26 am
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Climbing plants usually only require a small footprint of ground space so can easily be accommodated in compact gardens.

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In addition to growing them against walls, up arches and around obelisks, several summer-flowering climbers look particularly eye-catching when allowed to scramble through shrubs, especially early-flowering spring shrubs that have finished their annual display and will remain green for the remainder of the growing season. Here are a selection of our favourites...

Best climbing plants

Roses

Climbing roses

Roses enrich gardens with their classic beauty. Choose either a climbing rose that is highly scented, disease resistant and produces flowers over a long period or a rambling rose, which is more likely to give one spectacular flush of copious blooms.

Tropaeolum speciosum

Tropaeolum speciosum

Commonly referred to as the ‘flame flower’, this climber produces bold swathes of tightly packed scarlet blooms, which looks stunning when grown through green shrubs. It prefers acidic soil and likes to have its roots in the shade and top growth in the sun.

Clematis

Clematis cirrhosa

Members of this diverse plant family can be found in flower at any given month of the year. From vigorous to compact, in an extensive range of single and bi-coloured blooms, these upwardly mobile plants are a great asset to any garden setting for a country cottage feel.

.Evergreen climbers

Very fragrant white Star Jasmine, (Trachelospermum jasminoides), in flower, climbing on north facing brick wall of house, in horizontal format. English domestic garden, Surrey, England, UK.
Very fragrant white Star Jasmine, (Trachelospermum jasminoides), in flower, climbing on north facing brick wall of house, in horizontal format. English domestic garden, Surrey, England, UK.

Climbers that stay in leaf all-year round are invaluable for providing habitats and food for wildlife. Use them to transform the appearance of bare walls and fences. Trachelospermum jasminoides has the bonus of carrying highly scented white flowers in summer.

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle climber
Honeysuckle climber
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A much-loved cottage garden favourite that is also a favourite of moths, butterflies and pollinating insects. There are plenty of vibrant colourful forms but the native yellow and white honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum, is hard to beat for fragrance.

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