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.
Prized for the exotic flavor of its fruit, Passiflora edulis 'Possum Purple' (Passion Flower) is an attractive climber with stunning ivory flowers, 2-3 in. across (5-7 cm), adorned with a ring of wavy purple coronal filaments tipped with white. They give way to delicious, sweet and juicy, dark purple fruit.
A long time favorite plant for growing in conservatories in temperate climates, award-winner Passiflora racemosa is a vigorous evergreen climber with hanging clusters of bright red flowers, 5 in. wide (12 cm), adorned with a ring of dark purple and white coronal filaments.
Passiflora vitifolia 'Scarlet Flame' (Red Granadilla) is a vigorous evergreen climber with reddish orange flowers, 4-5 in. wide (10-12 cm), adorned with a ring of bright red coronal filaments. The foliage consists of three lobed, ovate, bronze leaves which create a perfect backdrop for the scarlet flowers.
Among the most widely planted passion vines, Passiflora x alato-caerulea is an evergreen or semi-evergreen climber with delightfully fragrant, star-shaped, pink and white flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), adorned with a ring of deep purple-blue filaments.
Passiflora x violacea 'Victoria' (Passion Flower) is a vigorous evergreen climber with deep pink flowers adorned with a ring of dark purple-red coronal filaments tipped with white. The abundant blossoms are followed by egg-size, edible fruits.
Exotic-looking, Rhodochiton atrosanguineus (Purple Bell Vine) is a tender perennial climber with heart-shaped leaves and a profusion of pendent flowers reminiscent of those of a fushia. Produced in succession from late spring to the first frosts, the blooms are quite lovely. Hanging from bright purple-red, bell-shaped calyces, are long, tubular blood-red to purple petal tubes.
Free-flowering and particularly beautiful, award-winning Rosa 'Adelaide d'Orleans' is a vigorous rambler rose with dainty sprays of small, semi-double flowers (over 40 petals), pale pink in buds, opening to creamy-white. Hanging elegantly on delicate stems, the lightly, but sweetly scented clusters are produced in abundance on pliable stems that are clothed in dark green leaves.
Fast growing and vigorous, Rosa 'America' is a glorious climbing rose with elegant sprays of fully double, perfectly shaped, coral flowers, 3 in. across (10 cm), packed with up to 43 petals. Opening from pointed buds, they enjoy a strong and delightful clove fragrance.
English Rose 'Brother Cadfael' enjoys some of the largest and most spectacular blooms of all the English Roses. Resembling peonies, the huge (5 in. wide or 12 cm), globular, clear pink flowers are deeply cupped, with reflexed petals (about 45) giving a slightly enclosed effect.
Regarded as one of the best Musk roses, award-winning Rosa 'Buff Beauty' is a vigorous, spreading medium-sized shrub with large clusters of deliciously scented, very full (over 41 petals), semi-double flowers in the most attractive shades of buff-yellow to apricot and paling to primrose. Rich of a strong tea fragrance, the pretty blooms stand out against the lustrous foliage of dark green leaves.
An old favorite since 1894, award-winning Rosa 'Cécile Brünner' is a vigorous, almost thornless large climber with generous sprays of pleasantly fragrant, fully double, pale pink flowers, 1.5 in. across (4 cm). Resembling miniature Hybrid Tea roses, the perfectly formed blooms open from pointed buds and count up to 30 petals. Extremely free-flowering, this climbing rose enjoys a long, overwhelming flush of blooms in late spring or early summer.
One of the hardiest English Roses, Rosa 'Charlotte' enjoys ravishingly beautiful, fully double blossoms, up to 5 in. wide (12 cm), rich of a very pleasant, medium-strong tea rose fragrance. Each bloom is packed with many petals (100 petals) and opens gradually from rounded buds to exquisite, cup-shaped blooms, in a lovely shade of soft butter yellow.
Vigorous, English Rose 'Claire Austin' will fill your garden with beautiful blooms and delightful fragrance. The cupped buds, with attractive pale lemon shades, gradually develop into large, (3.5 in or 9 cm), flat rosettes of creamy-white flowers (120 petals) when fully opened.
Rich of a strong damask scent, Rosa 'Crimson Glory' is a climbing hybrid tea rose with very large, double, deep crimson flowers, up to 6 in. across (15 cm), having as many as 26-40 petals. Blooming in flushes from early summer and throughout the season, the sumptuous blooms stand out against the dark green foliage and make an impressive display.
This English Rose produces large clusters of strongly fruity scented, many-petaled flowers, whose color invariably draws attention. It displays a simply exquisite apricot-orange color, slowly fading to yellow as the rosettes mature. This tall, slightly arching shrub is ideal as a short climber or for the back of the border, where in both cases, it makes a striking statement.