Fast growing climbing plants
Browse our selection of the best fast growing climbing plants, perfect for quickly clothing a wall, fence, trellis, arch, arbour, pergola or simply unsightly objects like tree stumps or old sheds with masses of colourful foliage and beautiful flowers. These rapid growers will gift the impatient gardener with 30-45cm+ of new top growth per year, often more under ideal growing conditions. Climbing plants are perfect for smaller gardens, delivering the maximum display even on the very smallest of lateral footprints. These are two main types of true climbing plants - self-clinging climbers and twining climbers. Twining varieties will wind or ‘twine’ their way up a support structure, wrapping their steps around it, whilst ‘self clinging’ climbers naturally adhere to the climbing surface using aerial roots or adhesive pads. Twining varieties such as honeysuckle, clematis, climbing jasmine and wisteria will need a support structure they can wrap their stems around; while self-clinging varieties such as ivy, climbing hydrangea, campsis and virginia creeper will cling to walls or woodwork without requiring further support. The need for the main support structure to be strong and secure is all the more important for fast growing climbers. These vigorous growers quickly become heavy as they establish, particularly as their stems thicken, so a sturdy support is key. See our guide to climbing plants for more information and advice.