To celebrate the arrival of spring, let’s talk about flowering vines and climbers!
Flowering vines and climbing plants are such important garden elements: they provide shade and colors, beautify boring walls and fences, provide sweet fragrance, attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and create enchanting outdoor spaces.
Among the hundreds of gardens I have designed or visited, I will never forget those sweet moments of passing through a tunnel of glorious climbing roses, or sitting under an arbor covered with fragrant jasmine vine blossoms…
Let’s check out some of my favorite easy-to-grow climbing vines for year-round beauty, including fast growing flowering vines , fragrant flowering vines , colorful climbing plants,, and more!
1 & 2. Wisteria vines are the dreamiest flowering vines.
I have seen Wisterias blooming in so many climates from Boston to San Diego. One of the first to flower in early spring, the Wisteria is a fast growing flowering vine that is also very fragrant.
3 & 4. Tropical vines
Bougainvillea is a thorny vine, yet it’s one of the most popular flower vines in warmer climates because of the stunning flowers and long blooming season.
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5 & 6. Climbing vines for year round color
Pyracantha is an evergreen vine or shrub that can be trained on a wall or column. It has very pretty white flowers in spring and early summer, the berries bring vibrant colors to the garden in late autumn and winter.
7 & 8. Colorful climbing vine tunnels
9 & 10. Cottage charm: Climbing Roses and Hydrangea vines
Arbors and pergolas add so much character to a garden, especially when they are planted with flowering vines. While climbing Roses ( “Zephirine Drouhin” Climbing Rose shown here ) need full sun to bloom profusely, the Climbing Hydrangea / Hydrangea petiolaris thrives in both sun and part shade. ( Source: 9 | 10)
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11 & 12. Flowering vines for fence and pergolas
It has been recorded that a single Rosa banksiae, common name Lady Banks’ rose, can have as many as 50,000 flowers! A great companion plant would be the Lilac Vine / Hardenbergia, which is evergreen, and has contrasting lavender color flowers. ( Source: 11 | 12)
13, 14, 15 & 16. Gorgeous Clematis Flowering Vines
Clematis is a vigorous vine covered with a profusion of large flowers in almost any color you desire, with varieties that bloom at different times of year from spring to fall. Train them on a garden gate or a fence for a beautiful focal point. ( Source: 13 | 14)
17. Fragrant flowering vines
The elegant Star Jasmine / Trachelospermum jasminoides is surprisingly tough: it is heat tolerant to over 100° F and frost hardy to around 10° F. The unforgettably fragrant star-shaped white flowers bloom from spring to fall. ( Source: tunnel | wall )
18 & 19. Hummingbirds love Trumpet vines
Both trumpet vines, Red Trumpet Vine / Campsis radicans and Lavender Trumpet Vine / Clytostoma callistegioides, are great plants for covering a fence and training along a wall, overhead arbor or pergola. Hummingbirds will be visiting you! ( Source: 18 | 19)
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20 & more: Must have climbing roses
The final group of favorite flowering vines are some very beautiful and fragrant climbing roses.
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