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10 Best Vining Plants


There’s always more room in your garden for beautiful vining plants. You may love your shade trees or flowering plants more than anything else, but vining plants are a lovely way to add texture and color to your garden. While it takes time for many perennial vines to flower and bloom, you won’t have to wait for very long with annual vines. If you plant annual vines mid-spring, the vine will start flowering mid-summer and continue till frost. 

Don’t let a plain and boring garden wall bring down the green glory in your garden. Instead, bring home these ten best vining plants to add a breathtaking feature to your garden. 

Black-Eyed Susan Vine ( Thunbergia Alata)

Black-eyed Susan is a short annual vine that thrives well in containers. The plant gets its name because of the dark center, which resembles black eyes. The flowers in this vine are small and around 2 inches. You can find flowers in shades of yellow, white, and orange. Growing these vines in-ground can go up to 6 to 8 feet, but growing them in a pot encourages them to bloom more profusely. However, it can take around 12 weeks for the vines to start flowering after the seed planting. For best results, use paper pots so you can transfer the seeds after germination. 

Canary Creeper (Tropaeolum peregrinum)

This vine is a late-season bloomer starting in summer and going through the first frost. The yellow flowers on the vine will remind you of feathery birds justifying the vine’s common name. Moreover, the foliage is also beautiful with divided palm-shaped leaves. Though the canary creeper is a vigorous grower, it doesn’t grab hold of anything. You can either tie it in place or simply vine it through other plants. The vines can reach 10 to 12 feet up. Make sure you keep the young plants consistently moist, and after they establish themselves, water only when the top layer of the soil feels dry to touch. 


Mandevilla is annual in most climates but is evergreen in the warmer parts of the country. The large pink, red, or white flowers blossom up to several inches. Keep it in the sunlight and under shade during a hot climate, and it will thrive like nothing else. Also, watering the vine will help it to bloom all season long for you. However, check the plant tag before buying as some types of Mandevilla are bushy and not vining. 


You can find this perennial in more than 100 varieties and wide-ranging colors and petal sizes. While most homeowners swear by fuchsia pink petals, you can select your own among different colors. The plant enjoys sunlight for at least six hours a day. Also, make sure you water your clematis regularly as it is deep-rooted. It will also need immediate support once it starts growing, or else it might become weak. 


The annual vine can climb the trail or otherwise spread and has beautiful yellow, scarlet, cream, and orange split petal flowers. These flowers are even fragrant, which is something uncommon for nasturtiums. Give your nasturtium full sun, and they will thrive to their fullest. However, the nasturtium can also survive in partial shade. 

Cup And Saucer Vine

The sweet-smelling flowers of this vine will surely remind you of something you drink your tea from – a cup.  These lavender cup-shaped flowers are surrounded by a saucer-shaped collar of a green calyx. Under the perfect conditions, these vines can grow around 10 to 20 feet. It’s best to plant the seeds indoors as the plant needs quite a while before they start blooming. For best results, sow the seeds during late winters and very early spring in small pots and plant them near the trellis after the frost has completely passed. 

Heavenly Blue Or Morning Glory

Also known as Ipomoea, the morning glory is a fast-growing vine with large leaves covered in trumpet-shaped flowers all summer long. The plant gets its name because its flowers open in the morning in the direction of the rising sun and die in the evening. Most types of morning glory are annual. However, some types are perennial. It’s best to plant Ipomoea in a place where they can get protection from wind and heat. Also, don’t plant the seeds until the frost has completely passed. 

Sweet Peas

Who doesn’t love sweet peas for their highly scented and brightly colored flowers that last all summer long? If you want that cottage-style charm in your garden, there’s nothing better than the old-fashioned sweet pea. These vines grow quickly from seeds, but you need to plant them in early spring. Give these plants full sun but keep their roots shaded by planting other annuals in front of them. These climbers are best against a wire-trellis where they can quickly cover a wide area. 

Ornamental Gourds

Grow gourds as you grow any other plant from the squash family. These plants are not grown for their flowers but for their attractive and large seed pods or gourds. Unfortunately, like squash, these plants are also prone to the same diseases and pests like rodents, squash beetles, powdery mildew, etc. But all the care and pampering will be worth it after you see the colorful harvest of the plant. 

The Bottom Line

Vines or climbing plants are best to cover any smothered or bare walls in a garden. So easy to care for, these ten vines will fill your garden with beauty, charm, and fragrance. Choosing the best is quite daunting, but the mentioned list will help you make up your mind. All the mentioned plants need different care, and make sure you research the plant before bringing it home.