5 of the best climbing plants

Do you have an unsightly wall, fence or pergola you wish you could soften with some sympathetic planting? Climbing plants such as these creepers may just be the perfect option!

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Bougainvillea in South Bank, Brisbane.

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spp.)

Bougainvilleas are available in a range of beautiful bright colours from shades of red, purple, pink, orange and cream. They are a fast growing climber but can be a tad thorny. Bougainvilleas are easy to grow around most of Australia’s tropical and subtropical zones and are the perfect addition to the garden. Great for hiding away low fences, pergolas or walls. Surprisingly, they can also be grown as a small shrub in full sun or in a pot.

star jasmine creeper covering wall.

star jasmine creeper covering wall.

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Unlike true Jasmin, that will strangle other plants, Star Jasmin is a bit more companion friendly. It does, however, display a similar flower, vining habit, and strong sweet scent. It has a beautifully scented white flower prolific in spring and summer and can be grown in a pot or the ground with medium vigour. Star Jasmin is an evergreen vine with thick glossy leaves that likes sun to semi-shade and grows in all but the coldest zones of Australia.

Wisteria growing over pergola.

Wisteria growing over pergola.

Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)

There are a number of forms of wisteria available on the market with white, pink or purple flowers and a delicious perfume. Wisteria is a deciduous climber that will grow over structures such as pergolas and fences for summer shade yet allow through the winter sun. It can also be trained to grow as a standard or over a fence. Wisteria likes a sheltered position in full sun and will grow in most of Australia except right up in the tropical north.

Passionfruit providing prolific fruit and shade coverage.

Passionfruit providing prolific fruit and shade coverage.


If you need to screen off an unsightly area or cover a bare wall, passionfruit could your the perfect culprit. Who doesn’t want a multi function plant? They love a tropical and sub-tropical climate and are prolific growers making short work of your exposed pergola, chain wire fence or trellis. Although it may take up to 18-months for your plant to reach fruiting maturity, in the meantime you’ve got an easy care climbing screen.

White potato creeper, don't be fooled by a name.

White potato creeper, don’t be fooled by a name.

White potato creeper (Solanum jasminoides)

Don’t let the name fool you. The White potato creeper features a lovely white star-shaped flower and grows with medium to high vigour in most parts of this vast land except for the coldest zones. Flowering from summer right through to late June in the milder parts, the White potato creeper has a light evergreen twining habit which is a hardy and fast-growing, likes full sun, plenty of moisture but well-drained soil. Keep an eye on it, however, it might just get away from you!

No matter which amazing creeper you choose to grace the walls of your landscape design, be sure to include quality soils and potting mixes to encourage prolonged healthy growth and give it the best possible start. You want to get that creeper going as quick as possible and the best option is UltraGrow Soils & Potting Mix.


  1. Sam Taylor August 24, 2016 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    Wow, looks so gorgeous! But, although a fence covered in vines is one of the most attractive features you can add to your yard, vines can be as destructive as they are beautiful. You need to explore options carefully, and inform yourself about vine types that are more destructive, like fast-growing, woody vines and invasive species of vines. Read more: http://blog.fenceauthority.com/posts/how-to-grow-fence-friendly-vines

  2. Christine Battersby June 25, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

    I have a brick wall that I would like to cover with a climber, unfortunately it doesn’t get much sun, would like some suggestions.
    Thanks Christine

  3. Allan, Flowerhub June 5, 2019 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    These are awesome climbing plants. I would like to have Star Jasmine at our home. They are pretty good. Thanks for sharing it. By the way, won’t they hard to maintain?

  4. J.Alhooti May 26, 2020 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    What can be good climbing plant for Hot and dry area other than Bougainvilleas

  5. RHONDA PATTRICK November 7, 2020 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    jasmine isnt good for sinus and hayfever so be aware of that …. potato vine is a better option …

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