Add height to your garden with colorful climbing plants

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One of the easiest ways to add structure and height to a garden is to grow perennial climbing plants. Over the past few years, I have been focusing on adding height to my garden with colorful climbers and I am thrilled with the results.

Climbing plants are landscape features all by themselves, and they also make a gorgeous backdrop for other plants in the garden. Three of my favorite climbing plants are climbing roses, honeysuckle and clematis.

Climbing roses – Climbing roses (main photo) are vigorous growers that add tons of drama and color to the garden when they’re in bloom (bloom times vary, mine bloom in early summer). Climbing roses don’t vine out and grab onto the trellis like other climbers, they usually have to be trained to grow on a support. As they grow up, loosely tie climbing roses to the trellis using a plant tie or string.

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Honeysuckle Climbing Vine

Honeysuckle – If you’re looking for a climbing perennial vine that is extremely hardy and super easy to grow, then check out honeysuckles. Honeysuckle vines come in many varieties and colors. These vines grow fast and will quickly cover an arbor or trellis.  When they’re in bloom, they are covered with wonderful flowers. The best part is that the butterflies and hummingbirds love them!

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Purple Clematis Climbing Vine

Clematis – There are tons of different types of clematis vines available, and I have several varieties growing in my garden. You can find clematis in a variety of colors like white, pink, purple, burgundy, and many others. Check the label when selecting a clematis, because they can have different bloom times. Some bloom only in the spring, while other varieties can bloom from spring through the summer. Add a few varieties with different bloom times in your garden for constant color.

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White Clematis Climbing Perennial

What colorful climbing vines do you grow in your garden? Share your favorite varieties in the comments below.







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4 Responses to Add height to your garden with colorful climbing plants

  1. Jessica says:

    My favorite is an annual called cypress vine. The hummingbirds love it – and so do I!

  2. Elaina says:

    When I was growing up my mom had a wonderful climbing pink flowering vine she called 4 o’clocks. It had fairly large black seeds the size of peppercorns. Do you have any idea where I could get one of those? I live near Mpls/St. Paul, MN

    • 4 o’clocks are a pretty common annual plant and they’re easy to grow from seed. I would check Bachman’s or another local garden center to see if they have any seeds left. Once you grow them once, you can collect the seeds and grow them year after year.

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