Climbing plants: selection guide

Climbing plants: selection guide

Evergreen, deciduous, flowering and shade: how to choose the climbing plant that best suits the needs of your garden or balcony.

The family of climbing plants it is very vast and includes varieties characterized by flexible branches that develop by leaning, or literally climbing, on a support that can be a wall, a wall, a net or a particular support. They are plants very appreciated by those who need to create a barrier as a thermal or acoustic protection, but also simply to enjoy a little privacy inside your garden or balcony or to hide a damaged wall.

Choosing between the various types of climbing plants is not easy, however they are generally easy to manage specimens that do not require special care except for the possible pruning, essential to contain its growth and prevent the branches from being excessively invasive. It is possible to distinguish between evergreen or deciduous climbing plants, which guarantee coverage only during the hottest months, as well as between plants to be planted and those that can be safely grown in pots. There are also creepers that can grow well even in a dim light environment.

Evergreen climbing plants

A climbing plant evergreen allows you to enjoy a luxuriant cover all year round, thanks to the ability to keep the leaves in all seasons, never appearing bare. To promote healthy growth, it is important to avoid placing these plants near water stagnations, avoiding choosing types that can develop many roots if you opt for cultivation in pots to decorate the balcony. Among the best known evergreen species appears theedera, a very resistant plant that is also used for covering pergolas. Equally resistant is the gelsomino, which blooms from April, distinguishing itself above all for its characteristic scent. There boungainville, very suitable for mild climates, it is able to generate a very showy and colorful flowering as long as it can enjoy a warm temperature and plenty of natural light.

Flowering climbing plants


Among the flowering climbing plants a special place occupies the bignonia, known for its particular large flowers with a goblet shape and orange color tending to red. It is very suitable for growing on a pergola or on vertical walls, it is resistant to cold and produces leaves with a notched margin of light green and deciduous. It can be grown in the ground or in large pots. There passiflora, also called “passion flower”, is known above all for the starry and showy flowers characterized by light petals with darker colored filaments, produced from June to September. It is preferable to grow it in full sun, otherwise the production of flowers will be reduced.

Shade climbing plants

Periwinkle bianca

Those who love climbing plants but cannot guarantee optimal sun exposure can opt for varieties that grow well even in the shade. In addition to the ivy described above, this type of plant that grows well even in conditions of low light includes theclimbing hydrangea, capable of adapting to the most diverse environments supporting itself independently thanks to its aerial roots. There pervincafinally, it includes several species and is very widespread in the undergrowth thanks to the ability to live well in the shade. It is also able to tolerate a dry and little rainy climate optimally.

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