Easy to grow climbing plants
This is our collection of climbing plants that are easy to grow, even for beginner gardeners. Clematis are the largest group of easy climbers, known for producing masses of distinctive flowers in a broad palette of colours. They’re available in a variety of shapes and sizes with a mix of evergreen and deciduous types. Clematis varieties are split into groups 1, 2 and 3, which flower in April-May, early summer and late summer respectively. Another climber for beginners is ivy, also known as ‘Hedera’ - a vigorous, self-clinging, evergreen climber with distinctive, lobed leaves and winter berries. Hedera use their aerial roots to cling to their support structure with variegated varieties useful for brightening up dark corners of the garden. Alternatively, climbing jasmine produce stunning, sweetly-scented tubular flowers, typically from June to September with the exception of winter Jasmine nudiflorum, followed by rich black berries lasting well into the winter. This twining group of climbers are perfect for training up a sheltered sunny wall, fence, trellis or archway and equally as beautiful when left to scramble over a low wall. Honeysuckle, the classic twining climbers of the cottage garden is also remarkably easy to grow with large cartwheel-shaped flower heads, as is wisteria, known for its abundant, long racemes of fragrant flowers above pinnate, mid-green foliage in spring and early summer.