11 Best Climbing Plants for Your Garden

If you want to make pergolas, fences, and trellises look better, these plants will do that for you.

Climbing plants are truly a wonder of the world. It’s hard to believe how these can grow up a wall or fence and make a pergola or fence part of your garden. They also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, like creepers for shade, creepers that stay green, and creepers that don’t stay green. Some have orange, red, or other colors, and they smell good. They can also be kept in pots, but most fast-growing plants need a lot of space and sun.

If you add beautiful plants to pergolas, fences, and trellises, they will look even better than they would on their own. As you can see, this is where climbing vine plants come into play. This is important because not all vertical-growing plants work with every structure. Some are too strong and will break your fence, while others are too heavy for a trellis alone. That’s why we talked to a horticulturist, someone who knows about plants. Ahead, he tells you which crawling plants are best for your yard’s structures.

For your garden, these are some of the most stunning and best climbing plants you’ll find. We’ve gathered a list of the most gorgeous flowering vines you’ve ever seen.

1. Mandevilla (Trellises).


Among its members are plants that were once called Dipladenia. The genus Mandevilla is known for its bright flowers. In tropical America, there are about 100 different kinds of this climbing vine plant that grows on trees and other things. Most species spend the winter in the tropical South. If you live in South Carolina, you can grow them every year, or you can grow them indoors. Before the first freeze, they can be brought inside and kept as houseplants during the winter. This happens in the spring, when Mandevilla can be put outside again after the last spring freeze. It could also be when the threat of freezing weather has gone away. Mandevilla is very trellised when it grows in containers or hanging baskets.

There are a lot of fragrant flowers to make up for the lack of foliage and the time it takes to care for Mandevilla. Early summer and early fall have flowers that bloom even though the plants are still very young.

Trellises exist in a variety of sizes and forms, and there are many distinct varieties of trellises. They work best with plants that won’t get too heavy as they grow. Mandevilla is a good plant for a trellis that is in a hot, sunny place, so it is the best choice. The trumpet-shaped flowers of this tropical vine are in pink, white, and red. As well as being pretty, the flowers attract pollinators like bees and hummingbirds, so you’re also giving them a place to live. This plant won’t be able to stay alive through the winter in places where there is a lot of frosts. This makes it a good choice for planters and other places where you don’t have room for a big perennial vine.

2. Clematis (Trellises)

Clematis - climbing plants

Clematis flowers that grow on vines are called clematis. They are some of the most beautiful and eye-catching. They are a group of vines that are mostly woody and fall off in the fall. Armand clClematis armandiis armandii) is evergreen, and a few are herbaceous perennials. The variety in flower shape, color, blooming time, and plant height makes it hard to choose which one to buy or grow. There are clematis species and cultivars that can grow in all parts of South Carolina.

Clematis is a good choice if you want a vine that lasts for years. If you have a lot of space, you can plant a mix of early, middle, and late-season varieties to have a show of buds from spring to fall. CLEMATIS has many colors, from white and cream to blue and purple, to pink and red.

3. Jasmine (Trellises)

Jasmine - climbing plants

Jasmine is one of the first plants that come to mind when someone thinks about a sweet smell. It doesn’t take a lot of jasmine plants to make a room or garden smell good. Even though the fragrant Confederate or star jasmine is called jasmine, it is not true jasmine at all. It is a member of the genus Trachelospermum. Jasmine should not be confused with jessamine, which is our state flower.

You might think that jasmine is a plant that needs to be pruned. It’s another good choice for trellises. It has sweet-smelling white flowers that bloom on and off, from spring to fall. This is a good idea even if you live somewhere where it’s cold in the winter. If you have a bright spot inside, you can bring it inside in the fall and keep it there all winter. Indoors, it blooms all year long, but only a few times a year.

4. Passionflower (Trellises)

Passionflower - climbing plants

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) was used in the Americas and later in Europe as a calming herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. It was also used to help people relax. It is still used today to help people who are anxious or sleepy. A chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is thought to be the reason passionflower makes people feel better. Makes you feel less stressed: GABA makes some brain cells less active, which makes you less stressed.

The passionflower doesn’t grow as quickly as some other plants that grow on trees. Not all plants are able to stand the cold. But the beauty of the flowers is something else.

You can grow passionflowers on your structure if you want a vine that is both exotic and easy to care for. A lot of options mean that you can get flowers in almost any color and many of them smell good, he says. “As a bonus, some varieties produce fruit that can be eaten.”

5. Honeysuckle (Trellises)

The honeysuckle is a plant that grows on trees and has small green leaves that climb up. They have a flame-like appearance and come in colors of yellow, pink, and purple. The honeysuckle can handle the sun very well. He needs to be held up or tied to the tendrils as he climbs. Honeysuckle grows best in soil that is rich and well-drained.

There are both evergreen and deciduous types of honeysuckle. When the deciduous species are in bloom, the flowers smell good in the evenings. A summer terrace with trellises smells great on summer evenings because the air is filled with the scent. After the flower blooms, there are red berries that can’t be eaten.

This flower has it all. We like this evergreen climber plant because it is very hardy and can grow in our area. The plant blooms all summer, so it gives off that well-known sweet smell. After the flowers have bloomed, deep red berries that birds love to eat come out of the ground. An excellent choice for any garden with plants that climb over things.

6. Virginia creeper (Trellises)

Virginia creeper Climbing plants

Virginia creeper is a vine native to North America that can grow up to 30 feet high. A plant that has long, oval-shaped disks at the end of its twigs can stick to surfaces and damage stucco, the mortar between bricks, and painted surfaces. This plant can grow in full sun or full shade. It can be used as a ground cover to help keep slopes from getting eroded. Virginia creeper is very drought-resistant and grows quickly. If you want to stop the spread of this kind of vine, cut it back, mow it, or weed-whack it in the spring.

Bright red leaves and dark blueberries are good for birds and other wildlife if Virginia creeper gets enough sunlight.

People are amazed by the speed at which this plant gets its root systems all the way to the top. The Virginia creeper can also withstand very cold weather, which is partly because this plant is a deciduous one. One of the things about this plant that people like is that it loses its leaves. In the fall, the leaves turn a bright red color before they fall. The Virginia creeper isn’t picky and will even live in some shade.

In the fall, the palmate leaves turn a beautiful shade of red that looks like candy. There is no other reason why Virginia creeper should be in the top 5. Also, the plant grows quickly and stays small. This makes for a nice pattern and a lot of coverage. The plant sticks to walls and fences. It is hardy but loses its leaves in the winter.

7. Wisteria (Pergolas)

Wisteria - Climbing plants

Wisteria is a strong, cold-tolerant, long-lived, true climbing or twisting vine. It is best known for its large panicles of beautiful spring-blooming flowers that grow in large groups. All cultivated wisterias are about the same height, leaf structure, and flower structure. With a lot of work, they can be grown into trees, but they are more commonly used to cover an arbor or trellis. There are a lot of different cultivars for different flower colors, like lilac, white, purple, and blue. Flower clusters can be anywhere from 6 inches to 112 feet long, and they are very smelly.

There are clusters of flowers that look almost too beautiful to be real in May. Sun and water are important for the Wisteria to grow, and when it does, the flower gets bigger and bigger. This plant loses its leaves.

There are four columns and a roof on top of a pergola, and these structures are usually built over patios and other outdoor areas where people can sit. If you have a strong one, you can choose a big vine-like wisteria as your flower.” One thing that makes wisteria great for pergolas is that the flowers hang down from the vine. Sitting under them can make a magical place. This flower grows best in places that get a lot of sunlight all day long, like in the garden.

8. Bougainvillea (Pergolas)

Pink Bougainvillea - Climbing plants

The drought-tolerant and well-pruned nature of Bougainvilleas makes them an ideal hedge plant in tropical locales. They are very drought-resistant and can grow in almost any soil that doesn’t stay wet all the time. As long as you keep them safe, they’ll be fine, even though Zone 10 is the USDA area in which they live. Almost all of South Carolina (Zones 7 and 8) is suitable for growing the plants as houseplants, in greenhouses, and in pots. You can also grow them as annuals in the garden.

Do you live in a place where it’s hotter? If so, we think you should add bougainvillea to your home.” This evergreen vine bursts into bloom with bright, paper-like bracts in hot, showy colors. It can also withstand both heat and drought very well. It can’t withstand frost or freezing temperatures, so it’s not good for people who live in cold places.

9. English and Boston Ivy (Fences)

English and Boston Ivy - climbing vine plants

English ivy (Hedera helix) is an evergreen vine that has been used as a ground cover in South Carolina for many years. It is fast-growing, drought-resistant, and easy to care for because it doesn’t have a lot of insect pests or diseases. However, because it grows in a mat, it can cover up perennials and small shrubs in the landscape.

English ivy likes to climb anything it can, like fences, homes, and trees. This ivy is different from other ivys because it can attach itself to things by making rootlets from its stems that stick to the object. It moves quickly to the top of trees so it can flower and set fruit. The birds eat and spread the fruit. English ivy often covers tree limbs, so the dense ivy leaves cover the tree’s leaves.

Allowing English ivy to climb the side of a home can damage stucco, wood, or mortar on a brick or stucco home. Bugs and small animals love the dense foliage, which also makes it a good place to hide from the sun and rain. The shade may also keep moisture from getting into the ground, which can lead to rot and damage.

if you have a wood fence, you’ll want a climbing plant that attaches to, rather than wraps around, support to climb because walls don’t give them much to hold on to. Boston ivy is a good choice. It has beautiful red and purple leaves in the fall. As a beautiful evergreen, it can cover a fence or change its look of it in no time.

If it isn’t seen as invasive, English ivy works well on fences and buildings. Some places can have problems with it if it is grown outside, so keep that in mind. Some municipalities forbid its planting.

10.Thunbergia Alata  (Fences)

Thunbergia Climbing plants

We recommend Thunbergia if you need to plant vines every year. This Climbing plant is full of bright red, yellow, orange, white, or pink flowers that bloom all summer long, and it’s easy to care for, too. It can handle the heat very well, and I haven’t had any problems with pests. Unlike other annual plants, like morning glory, it doesn’t tend to drop a lot of seeds. This makes it less likely to become weedy.

The Black-eyed Susan vine is a popular season-long plant in the Midwest for adding color to a vertical setting. This plant, Thunbergia alata, is actually a tender evergreen perennial in the acanthus family (Acanthaceae) that comes from tropical East Africa to eastern South Africa. It is hardy only in zones 9 and 10 and is not related to Rudbeckia hirta, which is a herbaceous annual or short-lived perennial in the daisy family (Compositae) that comes from North America. In cooler climates, it is often grown as an annual ornamental plant since it grows and flowers relatively quickly. Use it with caution in places where it does not get cold because it has spread to many warm places around the world.

Midwest (and much more in frost-free climates) (and much more in frost-free climates). Unlike some other vines, this one doesn’t cling or grow long tendrils. Instead, it climbs by twining (growing in a spiral up support), not by clinging or growing long tendrils. Winged petioles help the opposite, oval to triangular or heart-shaped leaves grow up to 3 inches long, and they do so on long leaves. They are soft and hairy, dull dark green on the top and pale green with visible veins on the bottom. The edges are a little bit toothed.

In the leaf axils, showy flowers in shades of orange and yellow bloom singly. Each 112-inch wide flower has a small yellow-green calyx inside two large, ridged, hairy, green bracts. The trumpet-shaped corolla opens flat with five petals that overlap around the brownish-red center.

11.Firethorn (Fences)

Firethorn - Climbing plants

At 6 to 16 feet (2 to 5 m.) tall, a firethorn is a tall shrub or small tree. It’s almost as wide. There is a variety of conditions suitable for planting firethorn. In addition to being a great specimen plant, this shrub is also very versatile and can use in many different ways. It can use as an espaliered specimen plant in a container, as a hedge, or as a bright season-long addition to your garden. As long as you like, the leaves will be shiny all year long. They’ll start to bloom in early summer. These develop into red or orange berries that persist well into winter.

Blackbirds will thank you if you plant this shrub that can work itself up well. In the fall, birds love to eat the red and orange berries on the shrub because they are so tasty. This plant is always green and hardy.