Fast-Growing Climbing Plants

Enjoy the fruits of your labor a little sooner with these fast-growing climbers.
From: DK Books - Learn to Garden
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Scarlet Morning Glory

The quick-growing, twining scarlet morning glory (Ipomea coccinea) is grown as an annual. Bright red and yellow flowers appear in summer.

Passion Flower

Blue passion flower, a vigorous climber, flowers from summer into fall, then produces edible but uninteresting, orange-yellow fruits.

Mile a Minute Plant

Useful for quickly covering ugly walls, the fallopia or mile-a-minute plant is hardy and green.

Cup-and-Saucer Vine

This wall climbing cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens f. alba) has large, white flowerheads and leaves that turn from green to gold in fall.

Boston Ivy

A vigorous form of Virginia creeper, Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) has leaves that turn wonderful fiery shades of orange, red, and purple in fall.

Golden Hop

The perennial climber golden hop (Humulus lupulus 'Aureus') has beautiful golden-yellow foliage and scented flowers in summer.

Chinese Virginia Creeper

The long, slender leaves of Chinese Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus henryana) are green with clearly marked gray or even pinkish veins. They turn bright red before dropping in the fall.

Golden Trumpet

The golden trumpet (Allamanda cathartica) is a vigorous evergreen grown largely for its bright yellow flowers from summer to fall.

Star Jasmine

The star jasmine is a woody evergreen that needs a sunny, sheltered wall. Pure white scented flowers arrive in mid- to late-summer.

Wisteria Sinensis

Wisteria sinensis is a twining deciduous vine with large, drooping racemes of purple blue, fragrant flowers. This tough woody vine often climbs high into the tree canopy when grown in mild winter climates. It can become quite large.

'Heavenly Blue' Morning Glory

A morning glory, such as Ipomoea 'Heavenly Blue' has a superb flower display from summer to fall. It will twine over an arch or pergola.

Scented Sweet Pea

These vigorous tendril climbers are available in hundreds of varieties. Lathyrus odoratus flowers in shades of red, pink, mauve, blue and white and blooms are often scented.

Chocolate Vine

Chocolate vine (Akebia quinata) is a vigorous ground cover as well as a robust twining vine. Unusual dangling flowers are dark purple, have a spicy fragrance and are striking against the plant's graceful blue-green foliage.

Late Bloomer

The Clematis tangutica is unusual among clematis in having yellow flowers. It blooms late and has conspicuous fluffy, gray seedheads.

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