Vines add versatility and height to the landscape, whether they're flowering or foliage-focused, perennial or annual, grown from seed or purchased as seedlings. Climbing vines can be used to add background to a garden bed, shield an unsightly view, or supply fragrance. In order to successfully use vines and other climbers, you must first understand the best growing condition for each particular type of plant. The Better Homes and Gardens Plant Encyclopedia provides in-depth growing information on a wide range of vines, such as USDA Hardiness Zone, sun or shade preferences, and moisture limitations. The characteristics -- flowering, fruiting, mature height -- of each climbing vine is also explained, as are design suggestions, plant combinations, and other helpful growing tips. View a list of vines by common name or scientific name below.
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Purple coral pea

Cloak a forlorn fence, trellis, or other sturdy structure with a blooming, evergreen coat! Purple blossoms resembling lovely wisteria blooms decorate this tropical vine in winter and spring. It is not overly vigorous like some vines. It grows to a height of about 6 feet. Thriving in many light conditions, purple coral pea prefers heavy soil, as long as it drains well, and it requires little care after it is established. Prune plants in spring after bloom.

Star Jasmine

Blooming in spring and early summer, star jasmine will perfume an entire garden. Take a walk through a yard that hosts this easy-to-grow vine and you’ll likely catch the scent of the bright white flowers before you see them. The clusters of star-shape blooms are petite and complemented by small, shiny evergreen leaves. In areas where star jasmine is not hardy, grow it as an annual and enjoy the fragrant flowers for a single season. Or grow star jasmine as an annual outdoors and bring it indoors during winter to enjoy it.

Star jasmine is a fast-growing woody vine when planted in full sun. It will quickly scramble up a trellis or fence, making it a great choice for a living screen. Its twining stems anchor themselves to structures and move upward quickly. Plant it at the base of a pergola or arbor to create a fragrant roof on the structure. Encourage vines to climb up the support posts by twirling the young vines around the base of the posts. Star jasmine does not climb masonry.

Cross vine

Consider skipping the hardware store the next time you need to dress up an unsightly building or repaint a fence. Track down a cross vine and add lush green foliage and stunning red, orange, and yellow blooms to your structure instead. This easy-to-grow woody vine—a close relative of trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)—clings to most any surface thanks to its twining tendrils that end in adhesive disks. It blooms for months from late spring through summer and can reach 30 feet long in a very short time. 

Trumpet Vine
It's one of the toughest perennial vines for a reason.

Dripping with clusters of purple, white, or pink flowers in spring, wisteria is a dreamy vine for any gardener willing to invest the effort to meet wisteria’s growing requirements.

Sweet Pea

Sweet peas are one of the garden flowers you can smell before you see them. These easy-to-grow annual vines unfurl delicate blossoms in spring or early summer, perfuming the garden with a pleasing sweet, spicy fragrance. They love cool weather and will wither as soon as the heat of summer sets in. Even with their short growing season in most regions, sweet peas are a prized member of the flower garden and a coveted cutting flower for bouquets.

Popular—to the point of obsession—with gardeners at the turn of the 20th century, sweet peas were the highlight of elaborate plant expositions and the sole focus of some plant societies. Gardeners collected and grew all colors and shapes of the boldly fragrant blossoms. Although they are not as commonly grown today, once you experience the intoxicating fragrance of sweet peas in a twilight garden, you’ll likely plant your own crop year after year.


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Spanish Flag

Spanish flag is a sign of summer. This tropical vine, also called firecracker vine, is in the morning glory family and prized for its quick growth—easily scrambling 18 feet or more in two months—and showy flowers in shades of red, orange, yellow, or white. Perfect for quickly cloaking a pergola or providing shade on an arbor, Spanish flag is easy to grow from seed. Seeds of this heirloom are occasionally hard to find at local garden centers, so you might have to buy it from an internet source.

Snapdragon vine

Snapdragon vine is a charming small climber that bears tons of little trumpet-shape blooms all summer long. Its small stature makes it a great pick for growing in containers or near decks and patios because you don't need to worry about it taking over. It grows best in part to full sun and moist, well-drained soil where it will sometimes self-seed in the garden -- but rarely to the point of being a pest.


Mandevilla's big, showy blooms continue all summer.