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Climbers are an important component to any landscape or container design.  In a landscape, they can be trained to fill in the vertical realm.  In a container garden, they can fill in the vertical sphere by growing upward or downward, which would occur in a hanging basket.

Below are some examples of some well known climbers that can be used to add color, and texture to the unused domain called the vertical space.  Regardless of which one you choose, make sure to understand its climbing habit and support accordingly.

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea glabra)

This perennial is a twiner that can reach between 15 and 25 feet in height.  The blooms, which can be found in magenta, pink, crimson, purple or bronze, are surrounded by white florets that cluster around the tips of the stems and remain until a killing frost. 

While the blooms will disappear once a killing frost has entered the area, the foliage will not.  The bougainvillea leaves are considered evergreen like and in doing remain year-round.  The heart-shaped greenery can be green or variegated.

Cardinal Climber (Ipomoea x multifida)

This plant is an annual that has a twiner growth habit.  It grows to a height of 3 to 6 feet and blooms all summer long until a killing frost.  It loves full sun but can take partial shade. 

Its trumpet-shaped blooms not only produce a pleasant aroma for humans but also are a favorite of beesThe leaves are green with a uniquely lobed shape.

Carolina Jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

This type of jasmine is a perennial twiner that can grow 10 to 20 feet in height.  Its aromatic flowers are shaped like little 1 ½-inch trumpets that are light to deep yellow in color with orange throats.  These blooms appear in the spring and summer.

Vegetation of this plant is considered evergreen like, which consists of a glossy green finish on needle-shaped leaves.

When using this plant, make sure to place it in a bright sunny location.

Dutchman ’s Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla)

This perennial, deciduous twiner grows to a mature size of 2.5 to 10 feet in height.  It is covered in with heart-shaped leaves that can change color depending on where they are located on the plant.  The older the leaves are the darker the green.

The blooms are pipe-shaped with a light green background that is highlighted with purple, yellow and brown mottling.  They appear during the months of May and June.

When planting, place in a sunny location or partial shade.

Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomalia petiolaris)

This deciduous, perennial clinger grows up to 30 feet in height.  The fragrant white blooms appear in the late spring and only last for 4 to 6 weeks.  The leaves are a heart-shaped green.  While these characteristics are interesting, what makes this plant unique is its fall showcase of yellowing foliage and rough and peeling bark in the winter.

When choosing a location for this plant, make sure to place it in full sun.

Hyacinth Bean (lablab/Dolichos purpureus)

This annual twiner grows between 6 to 20 feet in height.  It needs full sun and rewards the garden space with small, fragrant flowers that are pinkish-purple, pea-like blooms that will produce flashy, flat purple pods.  These pods will allow for self-seeding.  These blooms continue from midsummer until a killing frost.  The leaves are a dark green sprinkled with purple.

When placing this plant in your landscape, make sure to select a sunny location.

Clematis Montana (Clematis Montana rubens)

This deciduous, perennial twiner grows up to 30 feet and produces pink petals in May to June.  Its vegetation is green with a hint of purple.

When planting this twiner, place it in a sunny to light shade location.


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