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Best Evergreen Climbers

If you’re looking to add year-round interest to your garden, then an evergreen plant is absolutely the way forward.

Not only will evergreen plants help provide your garden with colour on even the bleakest of winter days, but they are also really good for adding extra structure to your garden. And if it’s colour and structure that you’re after, you definitely can’t go wrong with an evergreen climber!

Evergreen climbing plants are a great way to mask an unsightly wall or fence, and are also great for scrambling up pergolas or crawling up the side of a house in order to get that cottage garden look.

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Available in a wide range of shapes, colours and sizes to suit any garden, evergreen climbers are also really good if you’d like to encourage more wildlife into your garden, and can provide both a source of food for birds and insects, as well as a safe space to set up home.

However, when you’re looking for an evergreen climbing plant for your garden, there can be some confusion over which one to go for, and the many different names and varieties can often leave you scratching your head and wondering if you’re making the right choice.

So, to help take the confusion out of it, we’ve put together a list of our favourite evergreen climbers along with a handy buying guide that’s jam packed with hints and tips on what to look out for when it comes to finding the right variety for your garden.

If you’re in a hurry and want to find the perfect evergreen climber, take a look at our top pick below.

In a hurry? This is our winner!

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Potted Hardy Garden Plant Jasmine, Climbing Plants, Scented White Flowers in Summer, Fast Growing, Easy to Grow, 1 x Jasminum Officinale Plant in a 3 Litre Pot by Thompson & Morgan (1)
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Potted Hardy Garden Plant Jasmine, Climbing Plants, Scented White Flowers in Summer, Fast Growing, Easy to Grow, 1 x Jasminum Officinale Plant in a 3 Litre Pot by Thompson & Morgan (1)
  • -Jasminum officinale (Jasmine) is a hardy garden climbing plant with dense foliage and scented white flowers in summer. Fast growing, ideal for gardens and outdoors.
  • -A climbing plant with twining stems which rapidly grows to cover fences, trellis or other climbing supports. Dense green foliage provides an effective screen.
  • -Easy to grow and vigorous, thriving in most sunny positions and soils. Profuse with highly fragrant white flowers throughout the summer months.

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Our Winner

Potted Hardy Garden Plant Jasmine, Climbing Plants, Scented White Flowers in Summer, Fast Growing, Easy to Grow, 1 x Jasminum Officinale Plant in a 3 Litre Pot by Thompson & Morgan (1)

Potted Hardy Garden Plant Jasmine, Climbing Plants, Scented White Flowers in Summer, Fast Growing, Easy to Grow, 1 x Jasminum Officinale Plant in a 3 Litre Pot by Thompson & Morgan (1)
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Jasmine is one of fastest growing climbers you can find, and will quickly find it’s way up and across walls and fences where it will not only give you year round colour but is also highly scented, so is a perfect choice if you’re looking for a plant that will fill the air with fragrance.

‘Clotted Cream’ is a variety of jasmine that has evergreen foliage in a yellow-green shade, which sets the perfect backdrop for its namesake cream coloured flowers. The scent of this variety is also a bit stronger than you’d usually find in the jasmine species, and is wonderful for scrambling up an arbour around a seating area.

A fairly easy to grow variety, jasmine ‘Clotted Cream’ needs to be placed in a south or west facing position, ideally in full sun, and planted into well drained, slightly sandy soil. It’s also non-toxic to humans and animals, so you can plant it confidently knowing that no harm will come to any family members or pets.

Fully hardy, if cared for properly, this beautiful climber will quickly reach a height and spread of up to 3 meters, and makes a stunning natural screen for any unsightly parts of your garden you’d prefer were hidden.

Pros
  • A fast growing climber that will soon reach up to 3 meters in height and spread
  • Has yellow-green coloured evergreen foliage and cream coloured flowers
  • Highly scented, and is slightly stronger in fragrance than the rest of the jasmine species
  • Perfect for a south or west facing wall or fence that you’re trying to cover
  • Fully hardy and non toxic to humans and animals
Cons
  • Although fully hardy, it may require some protection if temperatures fall below -10°C

Lovejoy Store 100Pcs Rare Flower Seeds,Blue Passion Flower -Passiflora caerulea-Hardy Perennial Climber Seeds(Blue)

Lovejoy Store 100Pcs Rare Flower Seeds,Blue Passion Flower -Passiflora caerulea-Hardy Perennial Climber Seeds(Blue)
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This mediterranean style climber has showy flowers that look absolutely amazing set against the dark green, glossy leaves that last all year round, and will provide you with interest and coverage no matter what season it is.

The exotic looking flowers are fairly large and are made up of white petals with central filaments of blue and purple which appear from July through to September, and are then followed by egg shaped, orange-yellow fruits.

A real vigorous climber, it will make short work of quickly scaling up trellises, fences and walls where it will reach a maximum height of 12 meters and will spread up to 4 meters across.

Preferring full sun, but tolerant of some light shade, this evergreen climber is best positioned in a south or west facing position with a little bit of shelter if possible. It only needs to be pruned once a year, in the spring, and will be quite happy living in most soil conditions as long as they are fairly well drained.

Pros
  • A vigorous evergreen climber that will reach up to 12m in height and 4m across
  • Has beautiful, dark green, glossy leaves all year round
  • Produces an abundance of large, showy flowers from July to September
  • The flowers are then followed by egg shaped, orange-yellow coloured fruits
  • Easy to grow and happy in most soil conditions
Cons
  • The leaves can suffer from wind scorch in particularly cold conditions

Lonicera Heckrottii 'Gold Flame' - Honeysuckle' 50-60 cm potted

Lonicera Heckrottii 'Gold Flame' - Honeysuckle' 50-60 cm potted
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This vigorous, twining evergreen climber can reach heights of up to 2 to 4 meters and can spread up to 0.5 to 1 meters when fully grown, so is a great choice for anybody looking to cover a tall wall or fence, or would like to grow a climber that will scramble up a tree.

The evergreen foliage is grey green in colour, and the leaves are lance shaped, so it makes an interesting specimen that will provide some architectural interest to your garden.

Throughout summer, this honeysuckle produces orange and red tubular flowers that emit a strong, sweet scent that fills the air with fragrance and, come autumn, these flowers are followed by black berries which give you even more interest.

Honeysuckle is a great plant to grow if you’re looking to draw more wildlife into your garden as well, as the tubular flowers are highly attracted to bees, and the berries that follow the flowers make a great snack for any overwintering birds.

Happy growing in most soil conditions as long as they are well drained, this evergreen climber is best positioned in full sun, but will tolerate being planted in an area that is partially shaded as well.

Pros
  • A twining evergreen climber that can reach up to 2-4m high and spread up to 0.5-1m
  • Has dark green, lance shaped evergreen foliage that brings interest to your garden
  • Produces highly fragranced, yellow and red flowers all summer long
  • These flowers are then followed by black berries in the autumn
  • Also makes a fantastic choice for anybody looking to encourage more wildlife into their garden
Cons
  • Aphids absolutely love honeysuckle, so you’ll need to keep an eye out for these pests are treat accordingly

3 x Hedera Ivy Mix in 9cm Pots - English Ivy - Hedera Helix - Evergreen Shrubs

3 x Hedera Ivy Mix in 9cm Pots - English Ivy - Hedera Helix - Evergreen Shrubs
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This multipack of ivy contains three different varieties, all of which are fantastic for quickly scaling up and across unsightly areas, and transforming blank, exposed spaces into an outdoor space that has a cottage garden feel.

The dark green foliage is tinged around the edges with lighter shades of green and white, which adds extra interest to your garden, and it also makes a perfect evergreen backdrop for other perennial climbers to scramble through such as clematis or Spanish flag.

Highly beneficial for wildlife and insects, English Ivy produces flowers and fruits throughout autumn and winter which make a fantastic late source of food for birds, bees and other pollinating insects.

Each plant in this pack of three is able to reach an ultimate height and width of 10 meters, meaning you get up to thirty meters of coverage from a single purchase. Ivy is also really easy to grow, and is perfectly happy being left to look after itself in almost any soil type, and is more than happy growing in full shade.

Pros
  • Contains three different varieties of English Ivy, all of which are evergreen
  • Each variety reaches an ultimate height of 10m x 10m, meaning you’re getting 30 meters of coverage from a single pack
  • Has dark green foliage that is tinged around the edges with lighter shades of white or green
  • A really great plant for encouraging wildlife into the garden, and provides a late food source for bees and birds
  • Really easy to grow and is happy being placed in full shade
Cons
  • Caution must be taken when handling Hedera Helix as the sap can be irritating to skin

Trachelospermum Jasminoides - Star Jasmine- Climbing Plant Approx 120cm Tall.

Trachelospermum Jasminoides - Star Jasmine- Climbing Plant Approx 120cm Tall.
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Star Jasmine is a beautifully scented climbing plant that will provide you with evergreen colour throughout the year, and will easily scale walls, fences, arbours and pergolas up to a height of 9 meters.

The leaves are a rich, dark green colour through the spring and summer months, and make the perfect backdrop for its bright white, star shaped flowers that appear in abundance from June through to August. Then, come autumn and winter, the leaves will stay on the plant but will turn to a glorious bronze colour, providing an extra level of depth and interest to your garden when everything else has since faded away.

Highly fragranced, the flowers fill the air with their scent so it’s a really lovely choice if you’re looking for a climber to grow around a seating area, although it is best grown against a wall in areas that see very cold winters.

It is best positioned in full sun or partial shade, with some protection against winds offered. Plant into light, well-drained sandy soil for the best results, and apply a liquid fertiliser once a month during the growing season.

Pros
  • Grows up to 9 meters high when fully established, making it a perfect choice for covering walls, fences, pergolas and arbours
  • Has dark green foliage in the winter, which turns to a bronze colour throughout the winter months but doesn’t fall off the plant
  • Produces pure white, highly fragranced flowers throughout the summer
  • Is a great plant for growing in full sun or partial shade
  • Requires very little maintenance other than a monthly feed with liquid fertiliser during the growing season
Cons
  • Is only half hardy, so will need to be covered with protective fleece in the winter if temperatures fall below -5°C

Best Evergreen Climbers – Buyer’s Guide

Whatever reason you’re looking to incorporate an evergreen climber into your planting scheme for, one thing is for certain – you need to make sure that it will be happy and healthy growing in the position you choose for it.

You’ll also want to make sure that your plant will fully cover the area you want it to, and that it will give you the full effect you’re after.

To help you make sure you choose the right variety of plant, and to take some of the guesswork out of it, we’ve put together a list of points that you should give some consideration to before settling on your final decision. Going through each of these will not only ensure that you make the perfect choice for your garden, but will also help you pick a plant that will provide you with everything you want from it.

Colour

The first thing that you’ll want to consider when buying an evergreen climbing plant is what colour it is, and whether or not it will fit into any existing colour scheme that you have in your garden. Remember that just because a plant is referred to as ‘evergreen’, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s leaves will be green in colour.

In fact, there is a wide variety of colour to choose from and some evergreen varieties even have leaves that will change colour as they react to the seasons. These are great choice for keeping continued interest in your garden, even in the colder months, as well as providing permanent structure.

Another thing to bear in mind when looking at colour, is what colour the flowers will be when they begin to bloom as you may also want them to match with the theme and colours your garden already has.

Scent

When you’re considering the colour of the flowers that your evergreen climber produces, you may also want to give some thought as to whether or not you’d like them to emit any fragrance.

Honeysuckle is a fantastic choice if you’d like a fragranced climber, and will fill the air with a sweet scent all summer long. It’s also a much loved flower by bees and other pollinating insects, so is a great option to go for if you’d like to encourage more wildlife into your garden as well.

If you’re not particularly bothered about your climbing plants carrying a fragrance, then clematis is usually a very good plant to go for. Although some varieties of clematis do produce scent, the majority of them are unscented but will still be able to provide a source of food for bees.

Coverage

If you’re choosing an evergreen climber to cover an unsightly wall or to climb up a tree, a good thing to check is the amount of space it will cover in both height and width. By checking this, you can make sure that you’re getting the right amount of coverage you need, and it also gives you the opportunity to purchase more than one plant if you’re looking to cover a wider area.

Growing Conditions

Take some time to consider the position of the area you’ll be growing your evergreen climber in as well. Different plants require different conditions, and choosing a variety that require full sun and placing it in a shady spot will cause the plant to grow very slowly.

To make things a little clearer, any area that has full sunshine for the majority of the day is considered to be ‘full sun’. Climbers such as Jasmine and Honeysuckle will do best in these conditions.

If the area you’re covering sees the sun for only part of the day (around 4-6 hours) then choose a climber that will be happy in partial shade such as a passionflower. And, if you’re covering a wall or a fence that is in constant shade, a climber like Ivy would be your best bet as it will tolerate being planted in full shade.

Keep your soil type in mind as well before you pick your climbing plant. Most evergreen climbers are happy growing in a variety of soils, as long as they are well drained, but if you have a very thick, clay soil in your garden, you’ll want to incorporate some horticultural grit into the planting hole before planting.

Likewise, if you’re planning on growing your climbing plant in a pot, then you should make sure that there are drainage holes in the bottom and that the compost you’ve chosen is appropriate for the plant you’re growing.

Wildlife

If you’d like to encourage more wildlife into your garden, an evergreen climber can help you achieve this quite easily. Again, it’s just a case of making sure that you’re picking the correct variety.

Bees are drawn to specific colours of flower, such as purple or yellow, as they can see them clearly with their ultraviolet light vision. So going for a climber that produces flowers in this colour will certainly draw them in. As will choosing a flower that has a tubular shape, such as Honeysuckle, where they can get right into the flower and get to the large amount of pollen sitting at the base.

Ivy is one evergreen climber that is particularly beneficial for wildlife, as it produces its flowers and berries throughout the autumn and winter. This means that, when most other plants have stopped growing for the year, Ivy offers a late source of food and pollen for birds, bees and other pollinators. It’s bushy growing habit also creates the perfect safe space for overwintering insects, and makes a great place for birds to build their nests in the spring.

Pruning

Like most plants, your evergreen climber will need to be pruned occasionally in order to produce side shoots that will continue to spread and cover a wide area. Therefore, when researching which variety you’d like, take some time to find out how often it will require pruning and during which season.

This will aid you in making the correct decision if you’re looking for a more low maintenance plant that you only need to attend to once a year, or if you’re more of an avid gardener and are happy to spend more time attending to it’s pruning needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best plant for covering a wall or fence?

If you’ve got an unsightly wall or fence in your garden that you’d like to cover, then an evergreen climbing plant would be your best option. Not only will it scale the height and width of the space you’re covering with ease, but it will also provide you with year round colour so you won’t have to worry about seeing the exposed area throughout the colder months.

What does evergreen mean?

Put simply, an evergreen plant is one that keeps its leaves throughout autumn and winter, whilst deciduous trees and perennial plants will lose their foliage or die back completely. Some evergreen plants have leaves that change colour as winter kicks in, but they still stay on the plant.

What is the best evergreen climber?

This depends on your personal preference, however you’ll want to make sure that whatever variety you go for it will fully cover the space you’re attempting to conceal. Fast growing climbers such as Honeysuckle, Jasmine and Ivy are great for this. Take a look at our buyer’s guide above from some more information on what to look for in an evergreen climber.

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