Climbers are one of the most versatile groups of plants, and they're perfect if you've crammed every inch of space on the ground with green beauties. Green the pergola with a flowering climber or hide that unattractive shed with a pretty vine. If you are looking for the most beautiful climbing plants, you've come to the right place. At our plant centre and nursery in Limerick, you'll find many climbing plants in all shapes, sizes and colours. The best known are the climbing rose, Honeysuckle, passionflower, Clematis and Hedera, but there are many other exceptional climbers. Flowering, fragrant, self-adhesive and fast-growing: what kind of climber are you looking for? Learn more about climbing plants and discover our favourites.
Multifunctional climbing plants
Double your planting space by looking up! Climbing plants have the gift of turning some dull outdoor space into a green sanctuary. They are very versatile and multifunctional since they're both beautiful ánd practical. Try planting them next to the posts of a gazebo and let them grow sky-high for a particularly stunning effect. Many people use climbing plants as a fence, especially in combination with wire mesh. In that sense, climbers can help you create a sheltered, shady spot for privacy.
Self-adhesive or twining climbers
When purchasing, pay attention to whether the plant is self-adhesive or not. Self-adhesive vines fix themselves to a wall or rack with aerial roots or adhesive pads. Twining varieties might need some support with, for example, wires or sticks. Keep in mind that some self-clinging varieties are fast-growing, and you will need to keep an eye on them to prevent the climbers from becoming invasive.
Taking care of climbing plants
Plants are like people; they're all very different regarding their looks and needs. It's helpful to determine where you want to plant your new favourite green friend. For example, the Hedera helix doesn't mind being planted in a shady spot, while the Clematis requires a more sunny spot. In addition to the location, the care of each climbing plant is slightly different. Certain climbers can use a good pruning once in a while, such as Honeysuckle or Wisteria, but not all plants need to be pruned. You can always prune to rejuvenate the plant or ensure that it does not become too heavy. Then carefully remove the old twigs with sharp pruning shears.
Our top 3 favourite climbing plants
- Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
Clematis: an eyecatching climber
Are you looking for a climbing plant with the most beautifully coloured flowers? Then the Clematis is perfect for you. This climber does very well in the sun but also the shade. You can plant the Clematis wherever you want. Because of this and its high ornamental value, this climber is a very popular one. Furthermore, the Clematis is hardy, and it can grow up to about 2.5 meters high. Clematis species are usually classified into three main categories: early bloomers, summer bloomers and late bloomers. Go for a mix of these three if you want to enjoy the floral splendour of the Clematis for a long time. And not only you will enjoy its beauty, but butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects also love this climber. Clematis come in all shapes and sizes, from the tiny starry flowers of 'Pixie' to prominent, blowsy 'Rouge Cardinal'. Winter-flowering clematis has pretty seedheads, while Clematis montana is a froth of flowers in April.
Star jasmine: a climbing plant with a lovely scent
This gorgeous climber quickly covers the uprights of pergolas and arches with glossy evergreen leaves and white flowers. In addition to its beautiful white, star-shaped flowers, the popular jasmine has a delicious scent that can be recognised by thousands. It's a fantastic experience for the senses when the flower buds open in May! The Trachelospermum jasminoides is evergreen, but it's best to protect it against frost in winter. The climber likes a sheltered spot in the sun and needs to get a little support when climbing.