5 Popular flowering climbing vining plants

Climbing and vining plants are similar in that they can grow from 10 to 40 feet in length, but most climbing plants have sturdy stalks and may also use tendrils or aerial roots to grasp a structure. The tendrils will twirl around anything near them, so the plant needs guidance to follow the structure. Climbing plants, also referred to as climbers, or vines can be trained to follow a structure by loosely tying or wrapping them in place.

Climbing Rose

Bringing both scent and beauty to the landscape, a climbing rose like ''Alberic Barbier' can grow up to 20 feet. The cane of climbing roses is more rigid than their rose bush counterpart. Check the USDA cold hardiness before buying. Roses not hardy in your zone will require autumn removal from any structure they adorn to cover them for the winter. Roses rated cold hardy in your zone can remain on the structure.


Wisteria grows on sturdy cane then can develop a sizable, tree trunk-like base. The weight of the plant will require a sturdy structure. This climbing plant is particularly stunning when grown across a pergola. The branching, thick cane and large, pendulous lavender or white blooms create filtered shade and a light fragrance.

Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine, or trumpet creeper, can also be used as a ground cover. Hardy to USDA zones 6 through 10, this vine can reach lengths of 40 feet in sun or part shade. Trumpet vine can become invasive if not pruned annually.


There are varieties of clematis to meet any color demand for landscape design from creamy white to deep reds. Even the flower size varies from small, fragrant blooms to large star or trumpet-shaped blooms as much as 9 inches across. The vine can grow up to 20 feet, showing blooms late spring into summer. Clematis is one of the most popular flowering vines that can also be used as groundcover.

Black-eyed Susan Vine

Unlike most flowering vines that produce flowers of a single color, the black-eyed Susan vine produces mixed colors in yellow, white and orange. Blooming summer to fall, the black-eyed Susan vine grows about 6 feet long making it a good choice for hanging baskets.