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25 Best Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants for your Garden

    Plant, the precious gift of Nature, has been the favorite topic of poets since ages. Not only this, but also it is a fact that some plants serve as ‘stress-relievers’. It is known to all of us, that, plants are our lifeline.

    Out of all the other types of plants known for gardening, ‘vines’ have proven to be advantageous over others. Unlike other plants, they make use of any structure near them which will give them the guidance to grow in the upward direction as they grab hold of their tendrils and rootlets.

    Climbers and Creepers is a group of plants which need a support of some kind in the garden. Climbers and creepers are great space-savors which can be used to provide masses of foliage so are useful to cover walls, trees, or a fence; this is because, they grow vertically in the garden.

    Despite of having a very weak stem, they can climb upon along with some support to grow and carry weight. They use special structures called tendrils to climb on. Pea plant, money plant etc are some of the examples of climbers.

    Creepers, as the name suggests, are plants that creep on grounds. They consist of very fragile stems that can neither stand erect nor support all of the weight. Watermelon, pumpkin etc are some of the examples of creepers.

    The versatility of climbers is remarkable and they can often serve the same purpose as shrubs, while using less space. If one has a small garden, climbers can be used to hide walls, or fence off boundaries, without spreading into the limited space of the garden.

    Besides, climbers can also be used for providing shelter or shade by enclosing structures, such as, shade-houses, pergolas and arbors. They are also an affordable and trouble-free way to cover up something unsightly, such as, a shed or water tank, or to soften a harsh wall, fence or tree trunk. Many of them have very attractive flowers or foliage.

    The only major problems are that, if left unchecked, some rampant climbers can cause blockage of drain pipes or gutters on buildings, while some can do serious damage to the tree they are clinging to.

    Some climbers cause less damage than others, but no matter what one uses, one must check for damage every few years, and trim back the climber if needed.

    In order to get rid of climbers causing damage, ones to avoid are those such as, Hedera (Ivy) and Ficus pumila which cling to even smooth surfaces such as a concrete wall, and can eventually grow into small cracks in the wall then inflate enlarging those cracks.

    Most climbers require something to climb on; materials such as, trellis, wire mesh, single wires or nylon strings (not jute as it will rot) can be used. But climbers, along with creepers can bring a real touch of nature to any place as also are proven to be ‘stress-relievers’.

    25 Best Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants for your Home Garden

    1. Confederate jasmine

    Confederate Jasmine

    This plant is known by name Star jasmine. It is a five-petal bearing plant which is an excellent evergreen climber with a woody stem. The fragrance emitted by it is a big plus and is present throughout the year. It grows up to a height of 3 meters and are best for decorating balconies and terrace.

    This plant strives in the sun as well as in the shade and requires only garden watering with proper draining which makes it one of the best evergreen plants in India.

    2. Devil’s Ivy (Money plant)

    Devil's Ivy

    Also known as silver vine, golden pothos, hunter’s robe, etc., it is one of the best creeper usually found in the temperate region. This plant requires little care because of which it is one of the most common houseplants and is suitable for beginners.

    It stands out from the rest as it bears leaves with white, yellow or light green variations. In order to cultivate this plant, it is required to cut the part of the plant that helps in plant propagation, and regular watering is needed during summer and it often qualifies under the ‘watering indoor plants’ category.

    Apart from removing indoor pollutants, it is known to cause a feeling of calmness in people who have touched its living leaves. This plant is thus, best suited for adorning side walls and garden walls. It is a fast-growing evergreen plant.

    3. Mandeville (Rocktrumpet)

    Mandeville (Rocktrumpet)

    Here is a flower that will make guests envy one’s garden as it bears one of the spectacular and often fragrant flowers which come in a variety of shades of whites, yellow, pink and red. So the right species can be chosen that match the garden wall or fence.

    These, at times, require ‘trellis’ when equipping to climb against a wall and require full sun but not too strong. These outdoor species need very less water and provide a leafy green cover to the area where it is grown.

    4. Morning Glory

    Morning glory vine

    As the name suggests, these plants bloom in the morning. The flowers here, are trumpet-shaped and come in white, Neil, pink and violet with a variety of subspecies. These blue dawn flowers require full sun, well-drained soil and garden watering regularly.

    Morning Glory is the best flowering vine for fences (away from the direct wind) and are planted as seeds in a pot and later transplanted.

    It would be, thus, perfect to wake up in the morning and enter the balcony with a mug of coffee only to be greeted by some beautiful flowers! It is one of the best ornamental climbers in India.

    5. Trumpet vine

    Trumpet Vine

    Also known as Campsis, it is an evergreen climbing plant clings using it’s aerial roots and are deciduous in nature. The flowers bloom during summer and are quite a treat to the eyes with their bright yellow and red shades.

    What makes this fast-growing evergreen climber special is that one is bound to get tiny visitors fluttering its wings at top speed, the ‘hummingbirds’. It requires little watering and are best suited for gardens and walls.

    6. Clematis

    Clematis - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    Is there a large wall that needs to be covered desperately? Well, in that case, there is no need look further, as this vine not just covers the wall but decorates it. Clematis is basically a woody creeper that has weak stems in the early stages of it’s life. But this plant continues to grow through other shrubs and trees.

    This plant needs regular garden watering and provides shade if made to grow over structures like arbors and pergolas. One must not forget to fertilize the plant as it needs extra to maintain it’s beauty.

    If one is looking for fragrance only, then, ‘sweet autumn clematis’ is her distant cousin. It is adaptive in nature and attracts butterflies as the leaves are food for caterpillars.

    7. Bougainvillea – best Climbing plant

    Bougainvillea - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    One can never get tired of looking at this plant. This is more of a climbing shrub and is famous for the wonderful display of colors like, magenta, red, orange, pink and white. It is surprising that these are actually not it’s flowers but rather a leaf-like structure called ‘bracts’; the actual flowers are quite a bit shy and nestle within.

    The best time to water this plant is during its early stages. Once it has grown, one can enjoy its beauty, from a distance because these beauties have stems with thorns for protection. It is thus, best suited for fences as it will help keep out the rodents with its thorny stems.

    Bougainvillea is ornamental and requires only initial care; the species is tolerant to salt and drought. It is a low maintenance plant and easily tops the list of best evergreen plants.

    8. Wisteria

    Wisteria - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    In California, there is a place called the Sierra Madre, where, the world’s largest known Wisteria, with a span of more than 1 acre, is present. Yes, this plant can climb. The propagation of this species can occur by seeds or stem cutting.

    The later is preferable as it helps reach maturity faster so that it blooms giving the best visual treat ever. It is thus, best suited for outdoor walls and requires no special soil. It is ornamental and improves soil quality as it has nitrogen-fixing properties.

    9. Moonflower

    Moonflower

    If one is a night person and feels sad about the fact that he or she always misses out the morning glory, its time they cheer up because this plant is just for them. The moonflower is a vine that blooms at night and bears large trumpet-shaped white flowers for us to enjoy. Besides, it also has a wonderful fragrance to make nights sweeter.

    This plant can be grown easily from the seed, does not require frequent watering and enjoys full sun. Applying more compost or fertilizer can actually harm them. It is thus, best suited for the balcony (at night) and needs no special soil.

    10. Flame vine

    Flame Vine

    It is also known as the Pyrostegia, orange trumpet vine or golden shower climber, because of its appearance with clusters of orange colored flowers hanging down. This fast-growing climbing plant blooms mainly during spring and winter and has a fiery look.

    In order to facilitate its growth, regular watering and a good exposure to sun, are required. These are photogenic plants best suited for balconies and fences alike.

    Some of the plants mentioned above may not be native to the soil in our locality and may not require more care as the zones vary from temperate to tropical regions. It is thus, always sensible to take advice from local botanists about the requirements.

    When we talk about ‘gardening’, it means our garden as well. Hence, in addition to the above-mentioned plants, several other plants can be grown, especially for our garden. These are:

    11. Virginia Creeper

     

    Virginia Creeper

    Virginia Creeper’s foliage turns into a beautiful red in the   autumn. One can grow it in a pot, even on a balcony, as also, it improves privacy! To grow this, one needs to find a really big container and provide sturdy support of a trellis.

    12. Climbing Hydrangea

    Climbing Hydrangea

    Climbing hydrangea is a great option, if one lives under the USDA Zones 5-8 and has a lot of room as it can grow up to 70 feet long. This vine is shade tolerant and thrives best in semi-shaded positions. It needs a large pot of about of the size of the half of a whiskey barrel.

    13. Honeysuckle

    Honeysuckle - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    There are about 180 different varieties of honeysuckle available as vines and creepers which can be grown diversely in a variety of climates (USDA Zones 3-11). Most of the varieties of this plant are evergreen in warmer climates.

    When growing honeysuckle, one must place the plant in full sun and do a regular watering; occasional feeding with balanced fertilizer is enough.

    14. Common Jasmine

    Common Jasmine

    It is truly the most fragrant flower. The heady fragrance of this plant species, is sometimes too much for some people, the Jasminum Officinale can be easily grown in containers and requires well-draining soil and warmth (hardy in USDA Zones 8-11) to thrive.

    The plant species usually blooms in summer but in tropics, jasmines are evergreen and in flower most of the year.

    15. Climbing Rose

    Climbing Rose

    Climbing roses bloom prolifically, many of whose varieties have a pleasant rosy scent. Let us consider the overall mature size of the variety that we are going to grow and the time we can devote to it, as roses require care and maintenance. We need to prune the plant on time and regularly remove the faded flowers to keep it in an attractive appearance.

    16. Cup and Saucer Vine

    Cup and Saucer Vine

    Cup and saucer vine is a fast growing abundant flowering plant native to Mexico. It blooms prolifically but needs an optimal bright location. In temperate, one can grow it either as an annual or protect the plant from winter by keeping it indoors.

    17. Passion Flower

    Passion flower - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    It is one of the most beautiful privacy protection plants for a container garden. For those who prefer an exotic flair and extraordinary flowers, the passion flower is a right choice for them. It is important that it is provided with sufficient sun. The passion flower is slightly frost resistant; it should spend its time in a favorable spot in the winters.

    18. Black-eyed Susan

    Black eyed susan - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    Black-eyed Susan is a perennial vine that needs a sunny place and a trellis to climb on. It is a period flowering climbing plant that can reach a height of over two meters with good care! Thus, the Black-eyed Susan is ideal if one wants color and privacy in her container garden.

    19. Dutchman’s Pipe

    Dutchman's pipe - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    If we are looking for an unusual plant for our container garden, it’s high time that we plant the Dutchman’s pipe. The lush, large and heart-shaped foliage also provide interest apart from flowers which contain a mild unpleasant odor.

    To grow this unique plant as a perennial is only possible in warm subtropical or tropical climates. Everywhere else (as the plant is not frost tolerant), it must be grown in a greenhouse or indoors.

    20. Butterfly Pea

    Butterfly Pea - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    Butterfly pea is a tropical vine that grows best in USDA Zones 10 and 11. In a cold temperate zone, this perennial is grown as an annual. It is planted in a medium to a large sized container with a trellis to climb on from the initial stage.

    21. Asarina Scandens

    Asarina Scandens - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    Asarina, also known as climbing snapdragon, is perfect for growing in containers as it seldom exceeds the height of 8-10 feet. Many of its hybrid cultivars are available in the shade of different colors. One can also use this vine in hanging baskets or as a ground cover. Asarina is a warm climate plant and often grown as an annual in temperate.

    22. Canary Creeper

    Canary Creeper

    If we let the Canary creeper ramble up on a trellis, it will award us with its showy yellow flowers that look unmatchable. This vine has long blooming period from summer to fall and even more in warm subtropical regions where it is perennial (USDA Zone 9 and higher).

    23. Sweet Pea

    Sweet Pea - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    Sweet peas are grown in warm zones in fall and winter. In temperates, this fragrant vine is planted in spring or summer. When growing in containers, bush type varieties must be chosen.

    24. Sweet Autumn Clematis

    Sweet Autumn Clematis - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    This vine forms masses of amazingly fragrant flowers from late summer to fall (autumn). One can grow it diversely in both the cold and warm climates (USDA Zones 4-9), as also, in subtropical and tropical climates if shade from afternoon sun is provided.

    25. Snail Vine

    Snail Vine - Climbing Plants and Creeper Plants

    Snail vine has rare snail-like fragrant flowers which are white in the beginning and later unfurl to lavender pink. However, it’s easy to grow this beautiful tropical vine in non-tropical zones, but the plant dies in winter and returns again in the spring.