There are many reasons why homeowners and gardeners choose to incorporate climbing plants into the overall design of their home.
Climbing plants soften steel, wooden or stone structure and make it more at one with the earth and mother nature.
However, allowing these plants to climb your house walls is only a good idea only if they are controlled.
If homeowners fail to trim them back, then they can overrun the walls and the home itself which would weaken the structural integrity of a home.
To see if your property can stand up to the stresses climbing plants bring, have its structure and outer materials assessed via a home survey.
A home survey can help detect any weaknesses in cladding, brickwork, and so on. Some climbing plants can ruin structures, so it is best to get professional advice before planting a climbing plant against your house.
Introducing climbing plants to fences, privacy screens or trellises and porches can enhance the beautiful ambience of your private spaces.
Fixtures for climbing plants
Homeowners may want to blanket their property with climbing plants. However they need a proper surface to train the plants to grow vertically. These additional structures will add an entirely new dimension to anyone’s garden.
Most climbing plants are able to climb up walls effortlessly. They just need to be planted at the base of the wall to climb up. It is a great way to save space when plants grow and climb up rather than out.
Depending on the species, climbing plants use different appendages to climb up. Some species like Bougainvillea and various species of Roses utilise hooks and thorns to climb vertically. It is essential to use gardening gloves when handling these plants.
Most climbers need to be trained up to climb on their own, so use cable ties or wire to help them start their climb.
These structures can be used on walls in case homeowners don’t want the headache of pruning invasive climbers from the walls of the house itself. Trellises can also be freestanding, used in the middle of the garden to add a new visual feature.
They can also be attached to posts and use as a fence of sorts to provide privacy outdoors. Trellises are a favourite home to climbing plants of all species.
Merely start the plant using adjustable ties, direct their growth and watch them cover the structure in its entirety.
What ornamental garden would be complete without an arc or two? Finding the proper placement of these arches are crucial to achieving the desired flair or ambience of the garden.
Arches are quite easy for climbing plants to inhabit and can quickly add an air of sophistication to any garden. One of the best spots to install an arc would be by the pathway or near the doorway.
Tripods or Obelisks
These ornamental structures can be arranged along a pathway or scattered at focal points of a garden. Most climbing plants will quickly outgrow these structures so make sure to build tripods tall enough for the plants’ needs.
Porches or Fencing
Since these structures are already present in most homes, gardeners can beautify their own fences and porches by growing their favourite climbing plants on them.
Fences adorned with a magnificent flower would be a far cry from the boring old white picket fence that most people are used to.
A grander version of an arch, pergolas are basically many arches that serve as a shaded pathway in any property but can also be found in awe-inspiring gardens. The grandeur of
Pergolas are used to enhance the simplest gardens and add beauty to even the most sophisticated establishments.
Pergolas have it all, arches, posts and the shaded walkways allow for the unhindered growth of any climbing plant. Most plants blanket the top roof and pour down into the arches and pillars.
Best climbing plants
The popularity of climbing plants is undeniable, they bring more life to the house and make for a fantastic design theme for properties. Remember the words of Claude Monet in one of the more inspirational garden quotes out there;
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece.”
There are countless species of vines and plants to choose from. Make it a point to stay away from species that can be too invasive.
Although, if homeowners can make it a point to trim back the vines when they start to overrun the property then it would be safe to choose just about any species of climbing vines.
The stunning beauty of climbing roses is sought after by gardening enthusiasts merely because they are wonderfully beautiful. There are various species of climbing roses to choose from, and they are all magnificent in their own way.
The pink American Beauty is a favourite, it can grow up to fifteen feet and has a pungent scent. The Dublin Bay rose is a deep red, this can grow up to twelve feet, and it has a fruity aroma.
The Iceberg is white and is a versatile calibre, it can grow up to fifteen feet and has a very mild scent. These are but a few of the species of roses that are well suited for climbing trellises, fences and even walls.
One of the more aggressive climbing plants which are the reason for their popularity, one plant can quickly propagate and cover an entire trellis or even pergola quite easily.
Their sweet fragrance also makes them a favourite of gardeners since its scent increases daily during sunsets.
One of the most popular and versatile climbing plants that can be planted both indoors and outdoors.
This evergreen plant is low maintenance and can grow in a pot for ornamental purposes indoors, or they can quickly be grown on trellises or walls.
They are great climbers because of their aerial rootlets which allow them to attach to almost any surface. There are many different species of Ivy.
They all grow aggressively and can quickly overtake any space they are set on. However, they are easily managed through proper pruning.
The sweet fragrance of Jasmine is world famous. The fragrant flowers of Jasmine are used in making scented tea. It has contains antioxidants which have been proven to increase immunity and boosts one’s health.
Jasmine is also often added to many personal, hygiene and beauty products. Its sweet scent is a favourite of many people hence it is one of the most popular flowers to plant in any garden.
These lavender coloured flowers are a favourite for growing on support structures such as trellises, arches or even pergolas. Once established, Wisterias are known to produce quickly and will overtake the structures you plant them on.
Homeowners need to make it a point to prune them or have a gardener cut it back to a manageable size.
Wisteria vines purple flowers are captivating to watch as they grow. They can grow up to fifteen feet, and their sweet scent is a blessing to gardeners. Their colours and sent also make them ideal in a butterfly garden as the Wisteria is a favourite of butterflies and other insects.
This plant comes in a whole range of colours. The most popular ones being yellow, red, purple and pink. The many climbing varieties of Bougainvillea are easily grown in any support structure.
It grows somewhat aggressively, so it does a proper pruning every few weeks or so or it will overtake the structure it is growing on. Plant Bougainvillea on trellises or arches for it to be low maintenance.
Homeowners can also train various fruit plants to climb on supports structures such as trellises, arches or pergolas.
Most of these fruit trees have beautiful flowers that make any garden look fantastic. Not only that but since they bear fruit as well, their crops are there for the whole family’s enjoyment.
For the Kiwi vine to grow, you would need to plant both the male and the female plants need to be close to each other for pollination. Kiwi vines have one of the most amazing foliage in the plant kingdom. Their leaves can have up to three colours white, green and pink.
Training them up is easy, just use adjustable or cable ties and attach them to your support structure of choice. The kiwi vine fruit is smaller compared to the variant seen in supermarkets, but they taste the same.
The Sweetpea vine comes in almost any colour imaginable except yellow. That’s right, homeowners can grow pink, blue, red, lavender and even white variations of the sweet pea vine.
Their flower looks like fringed butterflies, and the leaves are a full green, of course, bloom sweet pea pods.
Sweet peas grow annually during spring or early summer, and their blooms make the most fabulous cut flowers.
They are excellent climbers and only need to be directed where one wants them to grow.
Try growing Grapevines in the garden, and you will be wonderfully surprised just how easy it is to develop. Similar to other fruit vines they only need to be trained at the beginning, and they will grow up on their own.
Just watch their progress and select which trunk to keep and prune as needed. Grape vines are ideal for large support structures like arches, pergolas or even trellises. It will take some time before they bear fruit but with proper care and patience, grapes will come forth.
Deciding to grow climbing plants require some effort. Choosing support structures and planning the overall layout of where to position these vines is also vital.
Take the time to select the best growing support structures for your plants.
Also, choose the vines that you will want to see all year round. They all grow in a similar fashion and gardeners should just use cable ties to train them to climb up and be observant of where they crawl to.
Prune them if needed and redirect growth using adjustable ties. Rinse and repeat the process until you have your desired results.