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7 Climbing Perennials For Your Garden

If your outdoor space feels a little lackluster, add dimension and color with some of the best climbing plants for your garden. These flowering perennial vines will add texture to a trellis, drape along your garden fence, and wrap-around outdoor pillars and poles. They are also an excellent choice if you’ve filled up your garden beds and are ready to make use of vertical space.

Below, you’ll discover the seven best climbing perennials for your garden that will improve your color scheme and complete your outdoor space.

7 Best Climbing Perennials


Close up image of wisteria for climbing plants
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Ideal for draping along a pergola to add extra shade to your backyard, wisteria vines feature twining stems, dark green leaves, and clusters of fragrant flowers in shades of blue, purple, and pink. The perennial will also climb up trees and the sides of houses or anywhere it can get traction.

The plant can climb anywhere from 10 to 25 feet. It is an incredibly fast grower known as an invasive species in some areas. So, bi-annual pruning is a great way to keep the plant in check.

Passion Flower

Passion flower for climbing plants
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The passion flower features intricate purple and white flowers alongside stunning deep green teardrop-shaped leaves. The flowering vine is a fast grower and climbs 10 to 25 feet. The plant prefers full sun and well-draining soil, but it can also tolerate some shade. Plus, the flowers attract butterflies, honey bees, and hummingbirds. 

On top of that, it is a climbing fruit plant and produces delicious passion fruit, which is full of antioxidants and grows in tropical and subtropical climates. Not only can you enjoy the swinging vines, you can also enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Hydrangea Vine

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A classic and elegant choice, the hydrangea vine features fluffy white and light yellow flowers that bloom during the warm summer weather. It is ideal for growing along fencing for extra privacy and plenty of beauty, especially since it prefers a slightly shaded area.

Over time, the plant will grow 20 to 30 feet high and 30 feet wide. You can plant more than one vine for quicker growth and wall coverage.

Trumpet Creeper

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Known for its ability to attract hummingbirds, the fast-growing trumpet creeper features scarlet, orange, or yellow blooms every summer. 

It prefers full sun and is drought-tolerant, making it the perfect option for beginner or forgetful gardeners. That said, it can climb 25 to 40 feet and needs to grow on a sturdy structure as it can become quite heavy.


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Another hardy perennial, clematis vines come in plenty of different varieties, which bloom in different colors throughout the seasons, including white, pink, and purple. 

The vines can grow anywhere from two to 30 feet depending on the variety, but all clematis plants bloom best in full sun with well-draining soil. The plant easily wraps along a trellis, up a wall, or on a fence, making it the perfect addition to any backyard space.

Perennial Sweet Pea

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Featuring a mixture of white, pink, and red blooms, the perennial sweet pea is easy to care for and attaches to walls or fences using its tendrils. The climbing plant blooms in the summer, grow best in full sun and need soil with good drainage.

Perennial sweet pea grows around 10 feet, so it’s better for smaller spaces, and it’s also fragrance-free, making it ideal for sensitive noses.

Climbing Rose

Climbing roses on trellis
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Climbing roses are a classic and fragrant plant that flower throughout the summer and fall. Like rose bushes, they come in all different color options so you can easily match them to your garden’s aesthetic. 

They grow anywhere from six to 26 feet on walls, fences, pergolas, and more, making them an excellent vertical accent to a small space.

Take Your Garden to New Heights!

Whether you add them to your porch, grow them along a fence, or use them to fill in space in your backyard, these climbing plants will produce colorful blooms to complete your garden space. The vines are just as stunning, so you’ll enjoy them even when they’re not blooming. The best part? They are perennials, meaning they will return year after year with the same stunning flowers.

Remember that many of these vining perennials spread quickly and are vigorous growers. So, be careful that they don’t invade your garden by using preventative measures such as mulch and planting the perennials in pots.

Will you be adding any of these climbing plants to your garden? Leave a comment below!