Shade Loving Climbers for Your Garden

climbing plant on a pergola

When planning your garden theme and layout, using the best climbing plants for shade is a good idea if your garden gets rather dark throughout the day. This is common in North facing gardens, as the sun often disappears toward the end of the afternoon.

However, it can be confusing when trying to understand which climbing plants are best for your shady garden. That’s why we have compiled a list of the best shade loving climbing plants to help your garden feel bright and colourful even when the sun disappears.

clematis

Clematis

Many Clematis plants do well in the shade, whether it be full or partial. However, some do still require a bit of sunlight, even if it’s from the top of the plant that hangs over a fence.

Clematis Top Picks

clematis barbara jackman
Clematis Barbara Jackman
clematis hagley hybrid
Clematis Hagley Hybrid
climbing lonicera

Lonicera

Lonicera, or honeysuckle, is the perfect climbing plant for shade as it blooms in mid to late winter. Produces a floral scent, perfect for those looking for a focus plant to tie their garden themes together.

Lonicera Winter Beauty
Lonicera Winter Beauty
Lonicera tatarica Rosea
Lonicera tatarica Rosea
pink roses

Roses

Some climbing rose variations are perfectly happy to do their thing in partial shade. We’ve picked some from our website that will thrive in shady conditions.

Danse De Feu
Danse De Feu
Rose climbing Iceberg
Climbing Iceberg
orange chaenomeles

Chaenomeles

Chaenomeles are a duluxe shrub with a spreading habit. This plant does well in partial shade and will brighten your garden throughout the spring season.

Chaenomeles speciosa Pink Lady
Chaenomeles speciosa Pink Lady
Chaenomeles speciosa Nivalis
Chaenomeles speciosa Nivalis

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How to Train Climbers

Clematis Mr President
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Climbers are magical plants. They can be used to quickly transform a bare fence or wall in to a stunning, foliage or floral display. When buying young plants, they need careful training to ensure they grow in to happy and healthy established plants. If you’re looking to grow amazing Ivy or maybe a colourful Clematis, keep reading to discover how to properly train climbers and grow the garden of your dreams.

Clematis Apple Blossom

Start with Supports

Plant supports in the desired area prior to planting. Always fix your supports approx 5cm away from the desired surface (wall or fence).

Support ideas:

  • Vertical wires: Space them 30-45cm apart with the lowest wire 30cm above soil level.
  • Wooden trellis: place the bottom 30cm above soil level to prevent plant rot.
Clematis Piilu

Training

To grow a climber or shrub to a wall/fence, horizontal wires are the best way to go. Keep read below to find out how to train you climber against a wall or fence.

How to Train Climbers:

  1. Planting

    Plant the climber around 30-45cm from the base of the wall/fence. This will allow enough room for room development.

  2. Remove ties

    Remove all ties provided upon delivery from the supplier. Use scissors to cut off any ties that hold the climber to its bamboo support cane.

  3. Start your support

    Select three bamboo canes to train the climber at an angle up to the wire supports on the wall. Place the bamboo canes under the wires to hold them in place, adjusting the positioning to create a fan shape. 

  4. Fix the supports

    Tie in the main shoot vertically to the wires, then fan out the side branches and tie in too. 

  5. Give your plant some TLC

    Once the plant is secured to the training structure, give your climber an initial prune and remove any weak growth with secateurs.

Our bestselling climbers:

Clematis Aromatica
Honeysuckle American Beauty
Clematis Prince William

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How to Create Privacy in Small Gardens

Small urban gardens can be overlooked by other houses, which means privacy can be rare. To prevent neighbours being able to see into your garden or to just create your own private sanctuary of peace, check out our top tips for how to achieve privacy in a small urban space.

1. Block Sight Lines

An arbour, pergola or gazebo are all easy ways of increasing privacy if you’re overlooked by upper windows. Cover any of these structures with beautiful trailing plants to truly create your own natural private space. Another tip is to plant small trees near your terrace; they will give you more privacy than a taller tree further away.

Our recommendations:

Honeysuckle ‘American Beauty’
Bougainvillea ‘Lilac’

2. Bushy Pot Plants

Growing bushy potted plants gives you the cover you need, and they’re mobile so you can move them around whenever you like. It’s an easy way to improve privacy that also adds a good dose of foliage to your outdoor space. Grab plants that have a good width spread to grow a private wall of foliage.

Our recommendations:

Photinia ‘Red Robin’
Buddleia ‘Sugar Plum’

3. Beautiful Bamboo

Growing Bamboo in pots is a great way to leave your privacy concerns behind. These plants provide a well-concealed look as well as the lush greenery.

Our recommendations:

Hardy Bamboo
Fargesia ‘Asian Wonder’

4. Cover up with Climbers

If you want to cover your garden fences or railings in a balcony or rooftop, climbing plants are a great option. Ivy plants would be a top choice, as they’re fast growing and evergreen; the perfect all-year-round cover.

Our recommendations:

Boston Ivy
Clematis ‘Montana Elizabeth’

5. Ornamental Grasses

Grasses can be used so easily to create internal screens or hedges that flower beautifully, move in the slightest breeze, and need little care during the summer months. Their fast growth rate makes ornamental grasses ideal for privacy hedges because new plants can rapidly fill in any gaps.

Our recommendations:

Phalaris Arundinacea Feesey
Grass Ornamental Collection

The Perfect Climbers for Every Season

Add elegant colour, cover bare walls, or add height and interest to the garden, there’s so much that climbing plants can do for the garden. Whether you’re looking for gorgeous fragrance or a visual impact, in this blog post we’ve narrowed down the best climber for every season.

Climbers for summer interest ☀

Honeysuckle Gold Flame

A strong climber with a beautiful perfume. Their cartwheel-shaped red and orange flowers are perfect for growing over a wall or fence.

Clematis florida Sieboldii

Clematis are one of the most popular climbers around. These creamy white flowers with bright purple centres are ideal for walls or trellises.

Star Jasmine

A decedent climber with rich, creamy flowers. Blooming from June through to September, enjoy their fragrance all summer long.

Climbers for autumn interest