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Walls And Fences

Climbers and wall shrubs produce eye-catching displays of flowers, foliage and fruits for months. They provide welcome color to stark walls and are useful for covering eyesores. Find the perfect plants and get terrific ideas for your walls and fences. We collect stunning pictures of gardens created by talented professionals and provide you with all the information you need to easily re-create them at home. We include a list of plants used, quantities needed, and a list of nurseries where to find them.

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Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine)

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 have an excellent flavor.

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Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit)

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.

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Actinidia kolomikta (Variegated Kiwi Vine)

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.

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Actinidia polygama (Silver Vine)

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.

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Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine)

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.

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Alcea rosea 'Blacknight' (Hollyhock)

Providing architectural height to borders, Alcea rosea 'Blacknight' (Hollyhock) is a robust perennial which produces tall, sturdy spikes of funnel-shaped, deep black-purple, single flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), with a bright buttery-yellow throat. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Alcea rosea 'Halo Blush' (Hollyhock)

Providing architectural height to borders, Alcea rosea 'Halo Blush' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces tall, sturdy spikes of large, funnel-shaped, white, single flowers, adorned with a bright fuchsia-red halo and yellow throat. Blooming from early to midsummer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Alcea rosea 'Halo Cerise' (Hollyhock)

Providing architectural height to borders, Alcea rosea 'Halo Cerise' (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial which produces tall, sturdy spikes of large, funnel-shaped, cerise pink, single flowers, adorned with a rich purple halo. Blooming from early to midsummer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Alcea rosea 'Mars Magic' (Hollyhock)

Providing architectural height to borders, Alcea rosea 'Mars Magic' (Hollyhock) is a robust perennial which produces tall, sturdy spikes of funnel-shaped, brilliant red, single flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), with a bright buttery-yellow throat. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Alcea rosea 'Radiant Rose' (Hollyhock)

Providing architectural height to borders, Alcea rosea 'Radiant Rose' (Hollyhock) is a robust perennial which produces tall, sturdy spikes of funnel-shaped, brilliant rosy-pink, single flowers, 4 in. across (10 cm), with a bright buttery-yellow throat. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all round the spike and bloom from the bottom up.

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Ampelaster carolinianus (Climbing Aster)

Pleasantly fragrant, Ampelaster carolinianus (Climbing Aster) is a climbing, deciduous perennial boasting a profusion of showy daisy-like flowers, 1-3 in. wide (2-7 cm), with pale lavender to pink rays surrounding sunny yellow centers. Blooming for weeks from late summer until frost, the blossoms are borne on slender woody stems bearing narrowly oval, dark green leaves.

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Apios americana (American Groundnut)

Apios americana (American Groundnut) is a slender, herbaceous perennial climber boasting compact racemes of scented pea-like flowers in mid summer to fall. Pale brown outside, the blossoms are dark, reddish-brown inside. Borne in the leaf axils, they are followed by edible bean-shaped fruits, 2-4 in. long (5-10 cm) in late summer. The alternate egg-shaped leaves are pinnately compound and most often exhibit 5-7 pointed leaflets, up to 2 in. long (5 cm).

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Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe)

Picturesque and reliable, Aristolochia macrophylla (Dutchman's Pipe) is a vigorous deciduous climber with large, heart-shaped leaves, up to 12 in. long (30 cm), deep green above and pale-silver beneath. Carried in a shingle-like pattern, they overlap to create a dense cloak on a trellis, arbor, fence or wall. In late spring to early summer, unusual pipe-shaped flowers dangle down from the leaf axils.

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Berberidopsis corallina (Coral Plant)

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 pendant clusters of ruby-red flowers, hanging like porcelain drop earrings.

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Berchemia scandens (Rattan Vine)

Berchemia scandens (Rattan Vine) is a large woody vine with distinctive smooth, green bark and ovate to elliptic leaves, up to 2.5 in. long (4 cm), with wavy margins and prominent veins. In spring to early summer, small greenish white flowers, arranged in open clusters, are produced on short lateral branchlets. They are followed by fleshy, oblong, dark blue, inedible berries which mature in fall. The fruits are devoured by birds and small mammals.

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