Climbing Plants And Vines To Enhance A Landscape Design

You don’t have to look any farther than climbing plants and vines to see what’s big in gardening. These plants and vines are great elements to include in a landscape design.

General Information

They can be trained to climb a wide variety of structures of your choice, such as trellises, pergolas, pergolas, decks, railings, and more.

It is best to place climbing plants and vines in your garden as needed to cast shade or create privacy, whichever is more appropriate.

The best part of climbing plants is that they draw the eye upward, thus adding verticality to a horizontal landscape.

Whenever you begin to grow climbing plants and vines for your landscape, it is a good idea to look through the options first. Your climate, soil type, and special situational requirements should all be taken into account as you choose climbing plants.

So which are a few common types of climbing plants and vines? Let’s take a look at a few of the more popular choices you might want to consider.


Wisteria is a beautiful flowering vine that spreads rapidly. If you live in a climate that sometimes experiences harsh winters, this plant is suitable as it is ready for planting up to Zone 4 or 5.

It is possible for wisteria to get so massive as to require a strong supporting structure after a few years of growth . It needs strong support after the first few years of growth.  

It’s imperative to plant wisteria in a place where it won’t be able to harm your home or property because of its rapid growth, size, and weight. You should plant it in a place where it won’t cause damage to your home.  Large wisteria vines can be a threat to siding, decks, and other structures, if left unchecked.

Trumpet Vine:

A trumpet vine is available in two varieties, the Chinese trumpet creeper and the normal trumpet vine. The Chinese trumpet creeper is a tropical plant hardy only to Zone 8.  As for the latter, common trumpet vine, it is hardy up to Zone 5.  

During the summer, trumpet vines will bear gorgeous, showy flowers in bright scarlet or orange hues ranging from yellow to orange. Like wisteria, trumpet vines grow rapidly and can grow to over 3 meters in height.  The root-like attachments of Trumpet vines allow it to attach itself to its support structure in order to grow.  When you plant trumpet vines, you should secure the vines with support to keep them upright until they have formed a strong root system. Because of their thickness, they can quickly grow quite large and heavy.


Most of us have seen buildings with ivy growing up them, obscuring parts of the buildings with it.  The ivy plant itself is a type of vine that is most easily recognized by its abundant growth. It is known to cling easily to walls and stone walls.

When it comes to ivy, however, you should be extra careful. Ivy roots are notorious for damaging the structures that hold it up and can cause masonry damage if the roots begin to grow too deeply.  Ivy is also very dense, so if it is growing on a building, it could cause shade and stain the base of the wall, which could lead to a growth of mold on siding and shingles.


Many varieties of the climbing plant clematis can be found so there is a great choice for any gardener finding themselves eager to try them. Many varieties are hardy to Zone 5. The plants also blossom from spring through summer, and they are coveted because of their attractive flowers.  

The clematis is an easy vine to grow, preferring to be shaded on its feet and in the sun on its vines.  Although this may seem like a complicated process, it is easier to accomplish than you might think.  It is as simple as planting your clematis in a sunny location, and planting a small shrub at the base of it to provide needed shade on the lower part of the clematis.


Wisteria, trumpet vine, ivy, and clematis are some of the best-loved climbing plants you’ll see in great or small cities, suburbs, and parks.  

It is important not to limit yourself to these four plants, but rather to see them as a starting point from which to branch out into other species and varieties.

Regardless of which kind of vines and climbers you choose, you should be sure to plant them in the correct location and provide enough support, if needed.  

You will benefit from your climbing vines as they will become a beautiful focal point in your garden or landscape over time.


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