Let these climbing vine pictures serve to generate ideas for your own landscaping. Pictured here are various species of deciduous, flowering vines (whether annual or perennial). In addition to the climbing vine pictures, make use of the links provided to access resources with more detailed information. These pictures of vines should suggest to you many possible uses for them in the landscape, including for:
- Disguising unattractive fences
- Supplying fall color
- Adorning mailboxes and lampposts
- Rambling over stone walls
- "Roofing" a shade-giving arbor
Arctic kiwi vine (Actinidia kolomikta) or arctic kiwifruit vine lives up to its name, as it is hardy to -40 F.
Arctic kiwi vine is a twining vine, reaching heights of 10 feet or more. The main attraction for planting arctic kiwi vines in the landscape is their variegated leaves, a characteristic more prominent in the males—and in the spring season. Each leaf may contain the colors white, green and pink.
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Autumn Clematis Vines
"Autumn" clematis is so named because of the time of year in which it blooms.
And as you can see from the autumn clematis picture above, that blooming is a sight to behold! Its full common name is "sweet autumn clematis"—the "sweet" deriving from the sweetness of its flowers' fragrance.Continue to 2 of 13 below.
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Deadly Climber: Euonymus
There are many types of euonymus, such as Emerald Gaiety, and not all of them are climbing vines.
If you value a tree, don't let a climbing euonymus take hold on it: these vigorous vines will eventually cover so much of the tree's foliage as to impede photosynthesis.Continue to 3 of 13 below.
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Climbing Hydrangea Vines
There are tree and shrub forms of hydrangea, but here we see a climbing hydrangea vine.
Climbing hydrangea vines are valued as being one of the (relatively) few flowering vines that can tolerate shade.Continue to 4 of 13 below.
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Grapevine in Flower
Edible climbing vines include, of course, grapevines.
The picture above shows a wild grapevine in bloom. The sweet fragrance exuded by wild grapevines at harvest time to be truly one of the delights of autumn. The golden foliage is a nice addition to your fall landscaping, as well.Continue to 5 of 13 below.
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Not only are honeysuckle vines attractive plants, but they're also very effective at attracting hummingbirds. However, Hall's or Japanese honeysuckle can be invasive.Continue to 6 of 13 below.
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Jackman Clematis Vines
Jackman clematis vines are among the most popular types of clematis. The picture above of Jackman clematis flowers tells you why.Continue to 7 of 13 below.
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Purple Morning Glory
Morning glory vines are annuals. But what they lack in longevity, they make up for in beauty. Morning glories reseed, so, in a sense, they still offer you a "perennial experience," even though they are not technically perennials.Continue to 8 of 13 below.
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Sweet Pea Vines
Like morning glories, sweet pea vines are annuals—well, sometimes. That is, there are two types: Lathyrus latifolius, a herbaceous perennial, and Lathyrus odoratus, an annual. As you may have guessed from the annual version's specific epithet, odoratus, it sometimes bears fragrant flowers.
One use for these climbers is disguising chain-link fencing. Another idea is to build a lattice screen and let the plants climb up it to create a more ornamental feature. Climbing is accomplished via tendrils. They can grow as high as eight feet.Continue to 9 of 13 below.
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Like honeysuckle vines, trumpet vines (or "trumpet creeper vines") are hummingbird magnets.
However, trumpet vines are high-maintenance plants. They're very invasive, so they must constantly be kept in check.Continue to 10 of 13 below.
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Japanese and Chinese wisteria vines are beautiful, no doubt.
But for denizens of North America, we recommend American wisteria vines. Not only are the latter less invasive plants, but they also bloom more quickly.Continue to 11 of 13 below.
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If you're not careful, you could mistake young Boston ivy for poison ivy.
The "leaflets 3" rhyme that helps you remember what poison ivy looks like is helpful, but not of much use against Boston ivy, before the leaves of the latter mature. Young Boston ivy can also have "leaflets 3." Once it matures, however, Boston ivy bears simple leaves, as distinct from the compound leaves of poison ivy.Continue to 12 of 13 below.
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Virginia Creeper Vines
Virginia creeper vines are ubiquitous in the wild in eastern North America.
The photo above shows the autumn foliage of Virginia creeper vines. The autumn foliage of Virginia creeper varies, but it is often red or reddish-orange.Continue to 13 of 13 below.
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The new foliage of English ivy vines is a light green. Although it does climb, English ivy has often been used, traditionally, as a groundcover. English ivy vines are, however, quite invasive.