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Climbing Plants - Summary

Do you already have an idea for your facade greening? Which climbing plant -- annual or perennial -- is suitable for your house, and what are the advantages and disadvantages to be considered? Selecting plants purely based on pretty photographs is not recommended, because the flowering period may be disappointingly short. Occasionally, even evergreen plants are an option. Then again, espalier fruit and especially grapevines -- which we describe in great detail -- require a lot of care and maintenance. The following plant profiles can help you with your selection and indicate which trellis systems are suitable.

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Façade greening with climbing plants (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
Climbing plant tips

Greening Tips

Location, plant pots, etc..

The Akebia (Akebia) // trifoliata as climbing plant


Graceful, long-lasting foliage

The Dutchman's Pipe (Aristolochia) is an easy to care for twining climber, and is appreciated for its large leaves. It can be used for screening or grown as a green roof; it can also transform downpipes and lightning conductors!

Dutchman's Pipe

Large, healthy leaves

Annual climbing plants

Continuous Bloomers

e.g. for doorways

The Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea) is popular for its self-clinging growth habit and also for its white peripheral flowers.

Climbing Hydrangea

Graceful peripheral blossoms

The Clematis is a climber popular for its flowers. There are differences between the hardy native species, their selections and the hybrids with large flowers.


Huge selection of flowers

The Wine Grape or European Grape (vitis vinifera) brings magic southern flair to walls, and is, of course, a favourite for its delicious fruit.


Southern flair and fruit

The Trumpet Vine (Campsis) is popular for its exotic flowers and vigorous growth

Trumpet Vine

Exotic flowers

The Wisteria (Wisteria) is popular for its abundance of flowers and vigorous growth as a twining climber. Has been used in Asian garden art for centuries.


Flowers in abundance, vigorous growth

Honeysuckle Vines (Lonicera) are popular for their flowers and fragrance, however they are very fussy in terms of position and water provision.

Honeysuckle Vines

Evergreen or abundant blossoming

Climbing Roses (Rosae) are perfect for walls! Apart from the greenery, they also produce delightful flowers and, above all, cause no building damages.

Climbing roses

Sometimes suitable for wall mounting

Espalier Fruit is based on century old traditions, but requires professional know-how, high maintenance and belongs therefore to the domain of enthusiasts.

Espalier Fruit

High quality, high maintenance

English Ivy (Hedera) is very popular for its evergreen foliage and its ability to cover entire walls

English Ivy

Evergreen, vigorous growth

Wild Grapes

Wild Grapes

With and without adhesive pads

Less common façade climbing plants


Special climbing plants