Plant Types / Climbers
Often grown over arbors, arches or pergolas, vines or climbers create terrific focal points with their decorative flowers, foliage or berries. Adding height to the landscape, they bring interest to dull walls or fences and contribute to magnificent backdrops for your beds and borders. Highly versatile, climbers may be used to provide shade to a sunny patio, soften the lines of the landscape or hide any undesirable garden feature. Climbers may be grown over other plants to provide additional attraction. In doing so, make sure that you synchronize their flowering times and match their pruning requirements.
Grown for its attractive foliage and edible fruit, Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine) is a compact, deciduous climber that produces grape-sized, smooth-skinned, green fruits in late summer to early fall. While they are smaller than grocery store varieties, they are slightly sweeter and enjoy an excellent flavor.
Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit) is a vigorous, deciduous, woody-stemmed, twining climber with broadly ovate, heart-shaped, lustrous mid-green leaves, 5-8 in. long (12-20 cm). Slightly fragrant clusters of cup-shaped, creamy-white flowers are borne in late spring.
Prized for its flamboyant foliage, Actinidia kolomikta (Variegated Kiwi Vine) is a large vigorous deciduous climber producing a striking foliage mass of heart-shaped leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), some in solid green, others white-splashed green and others heavily variegated with pink.
Creating a sparkling effect, Actinidia polygama (Silver Vine) is a vigorous, scrambling/twining, deciduous climber producing a striking foliage mass of heart-shaped, dark green leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), adorned with silvery-white tips - as if each leaf has been dipped in paint.
Vigorously spreading, Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine) is a dainty semi-evergreen, twining, woody vine with dangling racemes of small, wine-red flowers with a spicy, chocolate fragrance in spring. The blooms stand out against the bright green foliage of elliptic leaflets which becomes purple flushed in cold weather.
Adding an exotic touch to the garden, Berberidopsis corallina (Coral Plant) is a woody evergreen climber with gracefully arching shoots clothed in large, heart-shaped, dark green leaves. In late summer to early fall, their tips are adorned with pendent clusters of ruby-red flowers, hanging like porcelain drop earrings.
A showstopping native to the southeastern United States, Bignonia capreolata (Cross Vine) is a fast growing, self-clinging, woody vine with a profusion of fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers, 2 in. long (5 cm), in bright shades of orange, yellow or red. Regarded as one of the most floriferous of the vining plants, it is practically smothered in large clusters of 2 to 5 colorful blossoms in mid spring, with intermittent summer blooms.
A favorite dwarf Bougainvillea variety, 'Helen Johnson' is an evergreen shrub or vine with clusters of bright pink bracts surrounding tiny white flowers. Emerging coppery orange, the bracts mature to bold pink with a hint of purple, giving it a lovely bicolored look.
Extremely showy, Bougainvillea 'Imperial Delight' is a semi-dwarf, vigorous, evergreen shrub or vine with elegant clusters of white papery bracts suffused with pale pink, surrounding tiny white flowers. Emerging white, the bracts mature to a delicate translucent pink giving it a lovely bicolored look.
Extremely showy, Bougainvillea 'James Walker' is a free-flowering, vigorous, evergreen shrub or vine with clusters of large, bold, reddish-magenta, papery bracts surrounding tiny white flowers. Emerging orange, the brightly colored bracts then open to a luminous magenta giving it a rich bicolored look.
A vigorous hybrid Trumpet Creeper, award-winning Campsis x agliabuana 'Indian Summer' or 'Kudian' is a self-clinging woody climber with large, trumpet-shaped flowers, 3 in. long (8 cm), flushed salmon-yellow to rich orange-red deep in the throat.
A vigorous hybrid Trumpet Creeper, award-winning Campsis x tagliabuana 'Madame Galen' is a self-clinging woody climber with particularly showy trumpet-shaped flowers, flushed salmon red to red-orange to rich gold deep in the throat.
Captivating, Clematis 'Abilene' is a compact, deciduous climber which gets covered with a profusion of star-shaped, bright pink flowers, up to 5 in. (12 cm), with a deeper pink central stripe. The elegantly ruffled sepals surround a contrasting tuft of frilly butter yellow stamens.
A great choice for the garden, Clematis 'Abundance' is a large, deciduous climber which produces masses of small, semi-nodding, light red to cherry pink flowers, up to 3 in. wide (8 cm), with a creamy boss of pale white to yellow stamens. Each flower bears 4 to 6 sepals, elegantly recurved at their edges and tips.
Very free-flowering, Clematis 'Alaina' produces masses of plump, pink flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), with pointed to rounded petals. Opening rich rose, the six broad sepals gradually fade to bubblegum pink, but remain adorned by darker midribs. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring or early summer, then in late summer and early fall.
Ideal for small spaces, award-winning Clematis 'Anna Louise' produces masses of dramatic, blue-purple open stars, up to 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), adorned with cerise central bars and cream stamens with cerise anthers. Flowering comes in two waves: first in late spring to early summer, then in late summer and early fall.
Clematis 'Aotearoa' is a very dependable bloomer which produces an abundance of richly colored, open star flowers, 3-5 in. across (8-12 cm), from mid to late summer. The attractive blooms are blessed with 6, rich violet-purple sepals, slightly overlapping, wavy-edged, and elegantly recurved at their tips.