7 flowering climbing plants

Showy-flowered climbing plants are a marvelsince they give color and joy to the place where they are, and incidentally attract more life in the form of insects and perhaps a larger animal, such as birds.

Perhaps it has ever happened to you that you have gone to a nursery and you have not been able to avoid going through the corner of the climbing bushes. And, there are so many that produce beautiful flowers …! If you want to know the most popular ones in depth, let’s do it.

Selection of flowering climbing plants


Characteristics of the Bougainvillea

Bougainvilleas are perennial or deciduous plants (depending on the climate) that belong to the genus Bougainvillea, which is native to the tropical forests of South America, but today it is cultivated in all temperate-warm regions of the world. And, although they can reach heights of up to 12 meters, they tolerate pruning very well. What’s more, they produce a large number of flowers from spring to fall.

They resist the cold, but the frost hurts them. They are only grown outdoors all year round if the temperature does not drop below -4ºC. They can be in the sun or in semi-shade.

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Clematis in bloom

Clematis or Clematis is a genus of vigorous and very fast growing climbing plants that have evergreen leaves. They are native to the warm and temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, and they produce their white, red, bluish or purple flowers depending on the species in spring-summer.

They resist frosts between -3ºC and -12ºC, and must be planted in areas where their stems are in semi-shade and their leaves and flowers are in the sun. If you don’t have any such place, tell you that they live well also in semi-shade 🙂.


Fake jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides

His scientific name is Trachelospermum jasminoidesand is known as helix jasmine, milk jasmine, star jasmine or false jasmine. It reaches a height of 7 meters, and is evergreen. Produces aromatic white flowers in spring.

It resists frosts down to -15ºC, and it is a plant that likes the sun.

Trachelospermum jasminoides

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Wisteria or wisteria is a deciduous shrub

Wisteria, known as feather flower or wisteria, is a shrubby climbing plant with deciduous leaves that produces dense lilac, blue or white inflorescences in spring. It can reach 20 meters in height if it has a support to climb on, and apart from that it has a very vigorous growth, so it is important to plant it near walls, walls, … well, in places that are very firm.

It resists frosts down to -18ºC, and it should be put better in semi-shade than in full sun.


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Climbing hydrangea

hydrangea petiolaris

Image – A. Barra

His scientific name is hydrangea petiolaris and it is a deciduous climbing shrub native to the forests of Japan, Korea and the island of Sakhalin, in the extreme east of Siberia. It can reach a height of 15 meters, and produces white corymb flowers in spring.

It is a plant to have temperate places, with frosts down to -18ºC. Place it near sturdy walls or fences.

hydrangea petiolaris


View of Jasminum fruticans

Bushy jasmine // Image – Wikimedia / White Ice Cream

Jasmine is a vine native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Europe, much loved for its small size (it does not usually exceed 5-6 meters in height), and for the amount of white or yellow aromatic flowers depending on the species it produces in spring.

He likes mild climates, with weak frosts down to -3ºC, as well as bright places but protected from direct sun.

View of Jasminum fruticans

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Passion flower

Passiflora are very pretty climbing plants

The Passiflora, known as passion flower, or passionflower, are vines native to tropical America mainly, also living in Asia, Australia and Oceania. They have a rapid growth reaching 6-8 meters in height, depending on the species, and produce spectacular pink, purple, reddish or off-white flowers in spring.

They do not resist frost, except for the Passiflora caerulea that it does hold up to -4ºC. Put them in semi-shade, since the sun burns them.

Passiflora cerulea, the most popular species

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Climbing rose

Climbing rose

Climbing roses are plants that, apart from having thorns with which to go with a little care 🙂, produce very pretty flowers with a delicious scent from spring to almost fall. The most interesting thing is that they grow fast, they tolerate pruning well (in fact, you must prune them every year so that they flourish with health). They reach a height of about 5-7 meters, and are native to Asia, but there are also some species native to Europe, North America, and north-western Africa.

They resist frosts down to -12ºC without difficulty, although they are somewhat demanding in terms of location: in order to flourish, they need direct light.

guide for pruning rose bushes

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How are climbing plants cared for?

Having a climbing plant can be a very beautiful experience, but only if it is cared for properly. Therefore, so that problems do not arise, we recommend taking care of them as follows:


It will depend a lot on the species. Some, such as honeysuckle, bignonia or clematis, prefer sun, but there are others that prefer semi-shade, such as passiflora. So that there is no room for doubt, just look at where they are in a nursery, or ask us 🙂.


View of a Hardenbergia

Comptonian Hardenbergia // Image – Wikimedia Commons / Hesperian

Again, it depends:

  • Flower pot: use fertile substrates, with good drainage. A good mix would be universal growing medium (for sale here!) mixed with perlite (for sale here!) in equal parts. In the case of wisteria and other acidophilic plants, use better coconut fiber (for sale here!) or specific substrate for them (for sale here!).
  • the garden: the land must be fertile, well drained. If they are acidic plants, the pH must be between 4 and 6.


Moderateabout 3-4 times a week in summer, and somewhat less the rest of the year. If possible, use rainwater or lime-free water, especially if the vines are acidophilic, such as wisteria.


From early spring to late summer They must be paid with organic fertilizers, using liquids if they are potted. A highly recommended fertilizer is guano (for sale here!), due to its high nutrient content and rapid effectiveness. But there are others, such as seaweed compost (for sale here!), or homemade ones like egg and banana peels for example.


In general, they are pruned either at the end of winter, or after flowering. You have to remove dry, diseased, weak branches and those that are broken, and shorten those that are growing too much.

Planting or transplanting time

In springwhen the weather begins to improve and the minimum temperature is above 10ºC.

If you have them in a pot, move them to a larger one every two years.

View of an Ipomoea


Enjoy your vines with flower! 🙂

7 flowering climbing plants

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