Moving On Up: Climbing Plants

These tenacious climbers use various methods to creep, scrambling over their supports to get to the best light.
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Ivy Heartiness

This variety of ivy is extremely fast growing with triangular, dark-green leaves that will grow almost anywhere.

Wisteria Helps Create Magical Walkway

Pergolas and arches have long been used in garden designs providing strong vertical elements in a garden. They help to frame openings and provide welcome shade for walkways or benches. They are usually covered with climbing plants.

Fireworks Clematis Produces Glowing Bloom

The pink and red petals of the clematis 'Fireworks' give a glowing look to these striking blooms.

Thorny Climber

Hookers, as on roses and brambles, use the thorns along their stems to hoist themselves up over their support.


Honeysuckle and wisteria wind around their supports, and can be trained along wires or up posts.

Stunning Wisteria

Wisteria dripping with scented flowers is a stunning sight in spring, but remember that it is very vigorous, needs strong support, and must be pruned.

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When to Prune Climbing Plants

Knowing when to prune climbing plants like clematis ensures proper growth and flowering. 

A Guide to Climbing Clematis Plants

Discover the climbing clematis that will work best for your garden space with this helpful guide.

Pruning and Training Climbing Plants

Knowing when and how to prune climbing plants is essential to remove dead stems and promote healthy growth.

Types of Fragrant Climbing Plants

Flowers pack double the effect when they not only look but also smell beautiful. Discover which climbing plants will work best for your arch or pergola.

Planting a Climber

Easily plant a climber in a container with these step-by-step instructions.