Evergreen climbers: top 7 for ideal privacy protection

Evergreen climbers: top 7 for ideal privacy protection

As the name suggests, evergreen plants do not lose their foliage even in winter. We have compiled a list of the best 7 evergreen climbing plants for you.

Evergreen plants belong to every garden. They offer a dense, green foliage all year round and are therefore well suited to decorate terraces, balconies, house walls or unsightly garden corners. In addition, they also protect against extreme weather conditions.

Most climbing plants conveniently require just little care and attention. Some plants need an additional climbing aid, while others, the so-called ‘self-climbers’, climb up almost any surface independently.

Not every garden offers enough space for a real hedge. A great alternative is to use an evergreen climbing plant as a cleverly placed screen. With the various creeper plants, you can have a striking green eye-catcher in your garden at any time of the year. Moreover, those specimens that flower (for example the yellow winter jasmine), can add an astonishing touch of colour that brightens up the cold, cloudy and grey seasons.

Find out about our top 10 climbing plants for fences and walls here.

Top 7 evergreen climbing plants

Not many climbers are frost-resistant and wear their leafy dress all year round. However, you can with certainty rely on the following four plants:

1. Ivy (Hedera helix)

The resilient ivy (Hedera helix), which is native to temperate climates, is the ultimate number one on the tough and vigorous climbing plants list. It is not picky when it comes to climate and does not require much sunlight. It grows on almost all soils and is very robust. Ivy is very suitable for adding green to walls, facades, fences, railings and other external surfaces. In addition, it can function as a screening plant that provides gardens with privacy.

2. Honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium)

The honeysuckle (Lonicera caprifolium) is also a very popular climbing plant. Its leaves are beautifully dark green. The reddish-yellow flowers, that bloom in summer, are in their shape reminiscent of a trumpet. A climbing aid or a support system helps the plant to spread well.

3. Spindle (Euonymus fortunei)

The creeping spindle (Euonymus fortunei) is a ground covering plant, but some types are great climbers too. The spindle is sometimes also referred to as wintercreeper or Fortune’s spindle. It thrives on any soil and loves sunny to moderately shady locations. The hardy spindles are adorned with red leaves which makes them stunning additions to any garden.

4. Clematis (Clematis alternata)

The evergreen clematis (Clematis alternata) is a woody climbing plant. In late winter and up until spring it flowers abundantly in white to pink. The hardy specimens should also be protected from excessive frost with fir branches.

Ivy, honeysuckle, spindle and clematis are called evergreen plants. Their foliage is constantly renewed, and the process of the leaf exchange is hardly noticeable.

purple clematis
Clematis is not only gorgeous in summer during bloom but also in winter because it retains its green leaves even in the colder seasons [Shutterstock.com/Mark Heighes]

If you are looking for more hardy climbing plants with as long-lasting foliage as possible, you should turn to the wintergreen or semi-evergreen plants. Only in spring do the wintergreen plants replace their old foliage with the new. Semi-evergreen plants lose part of their foliage already in winter. The loss of the rest follows in spring, when the shoots begin to sprout.

5. Blackberry (Rubus sect. Rubus)

The blackberry (Rubus sect. Rubus) is well suited for enclosing gardens because of its luxuriant growth and leaves that stay green in winter. This plant can also be grown with the support of wire frames or with climbing aids on walls as espalier fruit. In this way, the blackberry bush can decorate walls and the delicious berries can be harvested easily.

But be careful: due to their vigorous vegetation, blackberries can also quickly become a nuisance and spread to undesirable places in the garden. The uncontrollable spread can be very frustrating to deal with, especially if you get hurt by the sharp thorns when removing the bush. It is recommended to continuously keep an eye on the growth of the blackberry, and prune away when necessary.

6. Knotweed (Persicaria)

The semi-wintergreen knotweed (Persicaria) is very robust. If you are looking to add green to large areas of the garden quickly, knotweed is just the plant for you. During the growth phase the knotweed grows up to 30 cm per day! Here, too, caution must be exercised: knotweed’s rapid growth can easily become a hindrance without attentive care.

7. Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

The semi-wintergreen winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) belongs to the olive family (Oleaceae). Its bright yellow flowers, which can be observed before the leaves shoot, are reminiscent of forsythias. With a climbing aid it can easily grow up walls.

Climbing plants are practical because they can easily fit into even the smallest gardens. They are decorative, useful and will please any gardener with their little need for maintenance.

Learn about the 10 best winter resilient climbing plants here in this article.



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