Clematis growing through wisteria

Climbing plant combinations

Feast your eyes on some of our favourite climber combinations, including picks for fragrance and for growing in containers.

Whether they’re concealing walls and fences, or cloaking arches and pergolas with foliage and flowers, every garden should make room for a climber or two. 

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While they’re often grown solo, there are some beautiful ways to combine climbers with one or more plants either at their base or scrambling through them. 

Be inspired by some of our favourite climbing plant combinations, below. 

This combination of black-eyed Susan, Spanish flag and gazanias is all about fiery, vibrant colour.

Morning glory vine and verbena

This containerised climbing plant combination is peppered with the purple blooms of the morning glory vine, Ipomoea ‘Grandpa Ott’ and Verbena ‘Imagination’. Both are annuals, so will grow quickly to cover obelisks and other supports. Take a look at Monty Don’s advice on how to grow annual climbers in pots.

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Thunbergia and gazania

This combination of black-eyed Susan, Spanish flag and gazanias is all about fiery, vibrant colour. Here’s our step-by-step guidance on how to create this fiery gazania and black-eyed Susan container display.

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Honeysuckle and sweet rocket

This sweetly-scented combination of honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum ‘Scentsation’) and sweet rocket (Hesperis matrionalis) is ideal for full sun or part shade. Create an area for scented plants to make the most of the fragrances.

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Clematis and ornamental grasses

Here, the huge blooms of Clematis ‘Fujimusume’ take centre stage, while the grey-blue koeleria (Koeleria glauca) bring movement and texture. Other ornamental grasses you could try include quaking grasses like Briza media and Briza maxima, plus the hare’s tail grass, Lagurus ovatus.

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Verbena and Spanish flag

Opposites attract in this border combination, with the vibrant Spanish flag blooms standing out all more against the backdrop of Verbena bonariensis. Here’s how to grow annual climbers from seed, including Spanish flag.

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Clematis montana and ivy

Shady corner to fill? Try combining tough, scented Clematis montana with variegated Persian ivy (Hedera colchica ‘Sulphur Heart’) ivy to light up gloomy spots. 

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Wisteria and clematis

Wisteria floribunda ‘Rosea’ kicks off this floral bonanza in May and June, after which Clematis ‘Kermesina’ takes the reins. Trying creating a homemade pergola or arbour to support the plants. 

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Scented climbers to pair up

  • Actinidia chinensis
  • Jasminum officinale
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides
  • Gelsemium sempervirens
  • Wisteria sinensis
  • Akebia quinata
  • Lonicera periclymenum
  • Lonicera japonica