Climbing plants have no equal in creating a magnificent green space, especially if you opt for species that grow quickly. They make it possible to camouflage in beauty an unplastered wall, a fence. They adorn the facade of the house nicely and create shady corners where you like to bask in the summer… Here are 10 absolutely essential fast-growing climbing plants.
1 – Volubilis
Volubilis (Ipomoea purpurea), of the family of Convolvulaceaeis also called purple bindweed. This beautiful vine plant is very appreciated for its exuberance. Grown as an annual, it ranks among the fastest growing climbing plants. Its voluble stems dress any support without damaging it and can reach 4 to 6 m length. We love the many corolla flowers of Volubilis which follow one another without interruption from July to September and its no less charming heart-shaped leaves.
2 – The False Jasmine
False Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) also called Star Jasmine belongs to the family of Apocynaceae. It is very popular for its many starry, immaculate white, very fragrant flowers, which bloom from May to September, but also for its evergreen foliage. Due to its rapid growth – its vines can reach 8 m in length – Star Jasmine can create a sumptuous screen in a short time while bringing crazy charm to the garden, balcony or terrace.
3 – Blue Passionflower
This fast growing climbing plant of the family of Passifloraceae is one of 530 species in the genus Passionflower. Blue Passionflower (Passiflora caerulea) is provided with flexible rods that can reach 6 m length. It is thanks to their tendrils that they cling to different supports. The spectacular inflorescences of Passionflower brighten up the garden from May until September and their nectar attracts bees.
4 – The climbing rose
Climbing roses are incomparable for bringing a romantic note to the garden. Thanks to their long, vining stems, they beautifully dress the walls, arbor, pergola or an arch and quickly create a cascade of deliciously scented flowers. By planting several climbing roses on each side of the path, you can create a vaulted of rare beauty. All you have to do is trellis them against arches. But to encourage the growth and flowering of these fabulous plants, it is essential to apply the right method of rose pruning.
5 – The Climbing Cobee
Provided that it takes full advantage of a very sunny situation, the climbing Cobee (Guinea pig climbing) is a beautiful plant that transforms the outdoor space in a minimum of time. It is a herb of the family of Polemoniaceae, deciduous or evergreen depending on the variety. This ornamental plant originating from Mexico is marvelous with its abundant, long-lasting flowering. She quickly reaches 6 to 8 m high, which makes it an ideal perennial to cover a pergola, a trellis, the perimeter wall or to hide an unsightly fence. But beware, cobes are not frost resistant.
6 – Clematis
There are more than 300 species of clematis and a good forty cultivars, plants that belong to the family of Ranunculaceae. Some are evergreen, others deciduous, and clematis can be shrubs, moderately sized herbaceous plants or beautiful, fast-growing climbers. Some species can indeed quickly reach more than 10 m in height, while others hardly exceed 1 m. There is therefore something for all tastes and all gardens, large and small.
7 – Virginia creeper
This vernacular name refers to climbing plants of the family of Vitaceae. The Virginia creeper is a deciduous woody climber which, from spring to autumn, is of a breathtaking beauty. It is also nicknamed ornamental vine. Without any requirement, it grows quickly, very quickly, and is able to completely cover its support in a few months, trellis, low wall, fence, tree trunk… Over the seasons, its decorative foliage is adorned with flamboyant colors, creating a dramatic effect.
It’s no problem letting it climb the virgin vines (Parthenocissus) on the wall of the house since, contrary to popular belief, they do not damage the breeze blocks or the stone. Small special mention for Parthenocissus tricuspidata atropurpurea with carmine red, purple and bronze foliage which, when ripe, reaches 15 m height.
8 – Honeysuckle
Honeysuckles (lonicera) belong to the family of Caprifoliaceae. There are nearly 190 species to which are added many hybrids and cultivars, deciduous or evergreen. Installed in the sun, the climbing honeysuckles grow quickly and generously dress their support. Decorative, they are covered with delicately scented flowers available in a rich palette of colours, plain or two-tone. We can achieve sumptuous marriages by planting different honeysuckles, but we must always think of offering them a resistant support.
9 – La Glycine
La Glycine (Listeria) belongs to the family of Fabaceae. This climbing plant which grows very quickly is extremely decorative, especially when its multiple flowers bloom in clusters of divinely scented flowers, which can measure 60 cm in length. It is a real delight from April to June depending on the variety chosen, some flowering before the leaves appear. We also like its dense foliage which creates a real plant screen in no time. You can get a spectacular arch or even have a Wisteria climb up a wall, to each their own preference. But it is essential to offer it an ultra-resistant support. We therefore forget the plastic as well as the fine mesh.
10 – Golden Hops
Golden Hops (Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’), nicknamed Northern Vineis a beautiful creeping plant of the family of Cannabaceae whose growth is very fast since it takes several centimeters every day, that is to say 5 to 6 m in a year. It is coveted for its long stems used in basketry, but also for its highly decorative appearance. Its deciduous foliage is yellow in spring, illuminating the garden, then turns soft green in summer. Golden hops are grown along a trellis, a pergola, a wall, or even along the railing of the balcony or terrace since it can be grown in the ground as well as in pots. The icing on the cake: golden hops bloom in summer. Its spiky flowers are pleasantly fragrant.