Here are 10 or more of the best climbing plants for your garden, including climbing plants for tough areas, shady areas, showy climbing plants with spectacular flowers, and lovely summer annuals. There are climbing plants to suit every garden.
As a group, climbing plants come in all shapes and sizes, perennial, annual, evergreen and deciduous. Climbing plants can be trained up walls, trellis, planted in the border, climbing up obelisk, in containers on the patio. Alternately, a more natural planting is for the climbing plants to scramble around the border.
One point to note. Because climbing plants are usually vigorous, they are also ruthless. This means the climbing plant will often send out tendrils which grab, cling to, and flatten anything growing around it.
If you let the plant have its own way, it will ramble over neighbouring plants. It is best to check its growth, tie it into an obelisk or a structure so it does not swamp everything around which can stunt the growth of neighbouring plants. The everlasting pea is a prime example of this plant behaviour.