Climbing plants for trellises

Updated February 21, 2017

A plant climbing up a trellis can provide colourful interest in a landscape, as well as represent practical uses as a privacy screen. Choosing either a perennial or a fast-growing annual vine helps define how the plant and trellis will be featured in your yard.


Vines growing on trellises provide a privacy screen and boundary markers. They hide ugly areas or provide privacy for outdoor living spaces.


Many vines growing on trellises get overgrown if not pruned. For a more naturalised area, this is an attractive addition to the landscape, but for formal spaces, the plants need trimming.


Climbing plants on trellises do not typically require dedicated maintenance. Perennial vines need only water, some fertilising with a 5-10-5 mix just before the growing season and pruning if necessary. Annual vines quickly grow up a trellis and bloom.


Perennial climbing plants for trellises include the perennials Bougainvillea, Bleeding Heart, Climbing Hydrangea, Wisteria and climbing roses. Annuals include Moon Flower, Morning Glory, the Black-eyed Susan and Nasturtium.

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Veronica Smith-Jennings is a former teacher who started freelance writing in 2003 and has been published in regional parenting magazines as well as on various websites. Her writing interests include home renovation and gardening, politics, education, sports and early childhood development. She has a Master of Arts in English education and a Bachelor of Arts in English.