What vines to choose for your balcony or deck?
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- Perennial or annual
Climbing plant on trellises and fencing
Climbing plants add a vertical dimension to any balcony or deck. They are ideal for masking old or decaying plasterwork, covering an arbor or pergola, covering a fence, creating a flowering hedge or concealing an unsightly guardrail, everything you need to preserve your privacy.
8 perennial climbing plants
Perennials can last for several years but depending on the type, you may need to shelter them during the winter or to bring them in after trimming. Here's just a small selection.
1. Star jasmine or confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
2. Brazilian jasmine or dipladenia (Mandevilla sanderi)
3. Cape leadwort or cape Plumbago
4. Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans)
5. Bougainvillea or bougainvilla (Bougainvillea)
6. Clematis and passion fruit
7. Common Jasmine (Jasminum officinalis)
8. Climbing roses
Annual climbing plants
Thee plants need to be put in place again every year, which has the bright side of allowing your garden decoration to vary from year to year. Annual climbing plants grow fast enough to adorn any structure in your garden throughout the summer and fall. They cling to the designated support or the surrounding vegetation, without stifling it, since their branches are very flexible. Annual climbing plants can also be started in a pot with a trellis or in hanging baskets to let them fall freely.
8 annual climbing plants
Morning glory or Ipomoea (Ipomoea)
Black-eyed susan vine (Thunbergia alata)
Sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) and large nasturtium
Cup-and-saucer vine (Cobaea scandens)
Fire vien (Mina lobata)
Technically considered a perennial plant, it is so vigorous that it is often treated as an annual. It is also unique due to its flowing inflorescence.
6 climbing plants for northern exposure or diminished sun
Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris)
Common Ivy (Hedera helix)
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus and Ampelopsis)
Akébia (Akebia quinata)
A winding plant that is obliged to be paired with a trelli, it has the distinct advantage of producing bright yellow flowers in winter.
Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)
Your choice of plant will determine a lot of things, including how much time is needed to maintain your garden. For more ideas, follow the links below for gardening-related accessories, advice from our editors and more helpful guides:
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