For homeowners looking to add a unique addition to their garden, climbing vine plants may be something to consider. There are many different vines that thrive here in Southern California. These plants grow quickly to cover fences, creating a look that will surely stand out.

Choosing a Vine Plant

Upon visiting your local plant nursery, you may be surprised just how many different climbing plants there are to choose from. How do you choose the one that’s right for your fence? In order to decide, it’s important to understand a little bit about the different types of vine plants and their unique attributes.

Tendrils climbing plants grow tiny shoots that wrap around surrounding structures. Because these types of plants require something to grab on to, they may need a little help if you want them to climb your wood fence. Stringing up lines of thin wire in a diamond pattern across your wood fence will help these vines grow in an interesting pattern.

Twining vines, on the other hand, do not require extra support to grow vertically along your fence. These types of climbing plants are able to support themselves. Instead of grabbing on to surrounding objects, they actually attach themselves directly onto your fence as they grow.

Maintaining Your Vines

No matter what variety of climbing vine you choose, your plants will require some maintenance. First, you will want to make sure you prune your vines a few times per year. If left unchecked, climbing plants can begin to look sloppy. If they become too overgrown, they may begin to attract spiders and other insects looking for a dark place to hide.

On top of pruning, make sure that you understand the light and watering needs of your vines before you plant. Talk to an expert at your local nursery about the direction your fence is facing and what kind of light it gets throughout the day. If you plant your vines in an optimal place, they should be able to grow relatively will with minimal watering or fertilizing.

Which Climbing Plants Should You Choose?

Another factor you want to consider when choosing your climbing plants is whether or not you want it to grow quickly or slowly. Some common varieties of ivy, for example, can grow quite quickly. If you want to cover as much surface area as possible in a short amount of time, ivy may be the way to go. However, other plants grow slowly, allowing you to guide and shape them over time. You also have the option of choosing vines that are completely green, or a variety that will flower during certain times of the year. Some popular varieties of climbing plants here in California include:

  • Bougainvillea
  • Climbing Hydrangea
  • Honeysuckle
  • Ivy
  • Jasmine
  • Virginia Creeper

The good news is that, because our weather is mild, you have dozens of different varieties of climbing vines to choose from that can thrive in our area. The plant expert at your local hardware store or nursery should be able to recommend the best varieties for your yard.