25 Best Climbing Vines To Hide Ugly Spaces


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One of the main reasons people plant climbing vines is to cover the ugly space in the yard. Here you will find options ranging from perennial and edible varieties for those hard-to-fill spots in your yard.

Instead of replacing your fence, you can choose one of the following climbing vines to cover the unsightly walls. You can choose from different varieties to get variants with your favorite colors.

Our gardening guide will explore at least 25 climbing vines that will make use of the limited spaces in your garden. Besides, most of these flowering climbing vines are edible. Here we go!

1. Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)

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If the ugly places in your garden include spacious sections with old trees, you may consider growing the bittersweet climbing vines. This vine is known for being a rampant climber that will ascend trees and cover their old barks. These climbing vines begin with greenish-yellow flowers that produce orange-yellow fruits.

Unfortunately, the bittersweet is among poisonous climbing vines that should be planted in locations inaccessible to your children and pets.

2. Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)

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The Boston Ivy is among the climbing vines that you can grow in the shady areas in the garden. If the ugly place you wish to cover includes the sides of old buildings, this climbing vine will become your best option. It grows very fast to cover the shady areas very fast.

However, be careful because it may destroy your gutters before you even notice it. Therefore, ensure that you monitor it and prune it regularly.

3. Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis)

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Any gardener looking for climbing vines that thrive in the warm climate zones can choose the Bougainvillea. Before you consider this choice ensures that your home is in zone 10-11 because many climates do not support the Bougainvillea.

However, if your surrounding does, then you will benefit from the vine’s brightly colored leaves. Most people have mistaken this mauve, orange, yellow, and white leaver for flowers. The truth is that these are modified leave surrounded by nondescript flowers.

4. Chayote (Sechium edule)

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If you are looking for edible climbing vines, you can choose the Chayote (Sechium edule). Most gardeners use this vine as a fruit. The vine has many uses compared with plants such as cucumbers and squash; vines, tuber roots, and a chayote vine remain edible to all.

Its heart-shaped leaves, light green fruits, and flowers make it an attractive ornamental plant. Choose your location wisely because it is among the vines that can grow up to 12M high with support.

5. Chocolate Vine (Akebia quinata)

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Originating from East Asia, the Chocolate Vine is among the climbing vines that thrive in shady conditions. Plant this shade-tolerant vine in the north-facing wall to cover the ugly part of the compound here.

The only disadvantage with the Chocolate Vine is its inability to self-fertile. Therefore, consider planting it together with a pollinating partner for you to see its insipid fruits during summer. Besides its purple-red flower blooms during spring, this climber produces a reminiscent of vanilla, making it a worthwhile choice.

6. Clematis (Various Clematis spp.)

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Clematis is among the perennial climbing vines with various colors to cover the ugly spaces in your garden. Any gardener looking for climbing vines to plant in the pergola or trellis can choose the clematis. Besides, others can use this climbing vine as ground cover in both the sun and shade locations.

People love clematis due to its numerous uses: it can attract pollinators to the garden and cover ugly spaces with its colorful bloom.

7. Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris)

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Native to East Asian woodlands, this type of climbing vines can fill the ugly places in your garden with its dramatic flowers. Anyone that loves that Hydrangea anomala will be happy to note that the climbing Hydrangea is a subspecies of this renowned vine.

Plant in a spot where it can grow to a height between 39 and 50 ft in ideal conditions. Watch out for its white flowers with a diameter of up to 10 inches.

8. Climbing Roses

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The rose family climbing vines provide gardeners with a wide range of options to fill the ugly spots in the garden. Most people prefer the climbing roses to their wide application options. Besides, you get a variety of color and size options for this type of climbing vine.

If you have a trellis, an arbor, or a fence that requires beautification, plant the climbing roses in winter, and your garden will bloom with beautiful flowers from the beginning of summer until the end of fall.

9. Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla)

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This vining plant originated from the Eastern United States and thrived in Cumberland or regions near the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Dutchman’s Pipe climbing vines often grow fast to a maximum height of around 30ft. Expect your garden to bloom with flowers in the summer. The vine attracts pipevine swallowtail butterflies that come to feast on the larva under its dark green leaves.

10. Grape Vine (Vitis)

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Besides being an edible vine, the grapevine is among the climbing vines in any ornamental garden. Growing these vines different advantage. Its grapevine is quite an attractive addition to the ugly parts of your garden.

It would be best to never worry about planting this grapevine in a location accessible to your children. You can let them enjoy the culinary grapes for their nutritional value. Use this climbing vine for a shade in the dining area.

I have a video about tips on growing grapevine for better results. You can watch it below.

11. Trumpet Vine (Campsis)

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Most people plant this climbing flower vine because of its bright orange or red flowers in summer. Do not worry about shady ugly areas in your garden anymore. This climbing vine adapts to different climate conditions. It thrives in cool and hot climates. Use this choice of climbing vines in the sun or partial shade at the arbors, fences, and trellises.

12. Passion Flower (Passiflora spp.)

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Although you get a chance to enjoy the beauty of the climbing vine’s flower, the stunning flower only lasts for a day. However, your get to turn the ugly part of your garden into a stunning site with flower ranging from common colors such as red, blue, purple, and white.

This fast-growing and perennial climbing can grow to a height between 16 and 32 ft, ideal for locations such as fences and trellises.

13. Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus)

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You will enjoy the sight of pink, purple, white, and blue flowers from a vine climbing up trellises and archways. The sweet pea is among the easiest climbing vines to grow. You only need to sow its seed and wait for it to sprout, whether in the full sun or partial shade. Remember to always deadhead the flowers for the vine to continue flowering.

14. Morning Glory (Ipomoea)

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The climbing vine’s trumpet-shaped flowers will brighten the dull areas of your garden with their pink, shite, blue and purple colors. However, this vine only flowers once a year, during summer until the end of fall. Once you plant your first seed, you may not need to plant each year again because this flowering climber re-seeds under ideal conditions.

15. Potato Vine (Solanum jasminoides)

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Potato vines are among the best flowering climbing vines to give your garden a stunning look. These fast-growing climbers produce beautiful white flowers during summer. Potato vines require trellis or arbor support to grow to a height of approximately 25 feet.

16. Hardy Kiwi (Actinidia arguta)

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For example, a gardener with a self-fertile cultivates, ‘Issai,’ can choose this type of climbing vine. Native to East Asia, this climbing vine, commonly known as the Tara vine, produces flowers for a long period mainly because of its hardy nature.

With the hardy kiwi, your garden will have flowers through summer and green leaves from May to November. It also produces smooth-skinned edible fruits.

17. Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

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Honeysuckle is among the climbing vine suitable for a person with a cottage garden. This climbing vine comes with a variety of cultivators you can choose for a wonderful garden. Its lovely flowers make it a top choice for most people. Besides, it attracts different pollinators such as butterflies that give your garden a stunning look in summer.

18. Hops (Humulus lupulus)

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Most people know that Hops because of its use in manufacturing breweries. However, anyone with a structured garden will appreciate its importance in creating a shade. Besides its usefulness in the brewing industry, the vining plant is an excellent ornamental plant you can plant in your garden.

19. Loofah (Luffa cylindrica)

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This climbing vine is popular in many gardens due to its edible fruits. Many people may mistake the loofah for the scrubbing stone used when bathing without knowing that it is a nutritional fruit when young. This fast-growing vine can grow up to around 50ft, making it an excellent choice for ugly places along the fence.

20. Malabar Spinach

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This perennial climber is a wonderful floral climber with multiple uses. You can choose from variants such as white, red, pink, and blue flowers Between May and September. This vine can grow to a height of around 30 feet to produce edible leave called spinach.

21. Wisteria (Wisteria chinensis)

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This deciduous climbing perennial will give your garden a lush and exotic feel with its cascading spring blooms. Wisteria can grow up to a height of 25-30 feet in full sun. This quality makes it a perfect choice for a climbing vine for the pergola or archway.

Color your garden with white, pink, mauve, and light purple flowers with this invasive climbing vine. Depending on your location, choose from various options such as Chinese wisteria, American wisteria, and Japanese wisteria.

22. Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

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Anyone looking for an evergreen plant that blooms in summer can choose the Star Jasmine. It is among the climbing vine that can keep its foliage in winter. For this reason, most people prefer planting it near the window or in an outside shade to enjoy its foliage during winter.

23. Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

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Also known as the woodbine, this climber can enhance your compound’s beauty if plants are in strategic locations along the fences or on other unsightly walls. However, ensure that this North American native does not reach the gutters to cause damage.

24. Trailing and Climbing Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum)

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Anyone looking for climbing vines that can quickly cover the wall or fence can plant the various trailing and climbing nasturtium cultivars. Besides being an ornamental plant climber with plenty of colors and coverage, these climbing vines produce edible seed pods, flowers, and leaves.

25. Runner Bean (Phaseolus coccineus)

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Besides being a fast climber, this vine produces beautiful flowers that give your garden the best look. Most people plant the runner bean as a vegetable, but you can also use it as an excellent climber for your garden. Consider the long beans as a bonus to the beauty this long twinning vine adds to your garden.

Conclusion on 25 Best Climbing Vines

This gardening guide has explored a subset of the many climbing plants you can find today. Choose from these 25 climbing and flowering vine options you can consider growing in your garden to cover the ugly areas.

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Tony O'Neill

I am Tony O'Neill, A full-time firefighter, and professional gardener. I have spent most of my life gardening. From the age of 7 until the present day at 46. My goal is to use my love and knowledge of gardening to support you and to simplify the gardening process so you are more productive

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