Evergreen Climbers - Going Up in the World

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In nearly every outdoor space there seems to be at least one unattractive wall, fence or shed that would benefit from being screened by greenery.  There are numerous climbing plants that could do this job, but only a relatively small number that are evergreen and retain their leaves throughout the year.  Here our Plant Doctor Mark Reeve, outlines his top choices.


Trachelospermum jasminoides- by far the most popular climber we sell.  

Gloriously fragrant white flowers in summer and glossy foliage that turns a stunning red in winter. This plant will live happily in a large pot.


Trachelospermum jasminoides in summer and winter


Lonicera henryi 'Copper Beauty'

This beautiful and vigorous honeysuckle has glossy coppery green leaves and attractive flowers from early to mid-summer.  


Armandii 'Apple Blossom'

Probably the best evergreen Clematis.  Grows vigorously to quickly provide screening and is covered in spring with beautiful scented flowers. 



Hydrangea seemanii

Deciduous climbing Hydrangea is commonly grown as it thrives in shaded locations.  However, this is a lesser known evergreen alternative that deserves far wider recognition.  White flowers in summer and glossy evergreen leaves. 


Hedera c. 'Dentata Variegata'

Mention ivy and many people shudder.  However, as a tough, self-supporting curtain of evergreen foliage that will grow almost anywhere it is unbeatable.  This highly ornamental variety has large cream marginated leaves that shine throughout the year and act as a haven for wildlife.


This lovely evergreen climber is a little on the tender side but is ideal for urban gardens in a sunny sheltered location.  Alternatively, it is fantastic for covering a wall in a conservatory.  Shy-blue nodding flowers are born in profusion during summer and early autumn.  A white flowered form is also available.


Akebia quinata

This unusual large climber is best described as semi-evergreen. Excellent for growing over bushes and low trees, the chocolate coloured flowers have an attractive spicy fragrance. 



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