Climbing plants are versatile plants that can often serve the same purpose as shrubs, while using less space. If you have a small garden, climbing plants can be used to hide walls, or fence off boundaries, without spreading into the limited space of the garden. If you are looking for fast growing climbing plants, here are several choices for you. Fast-growing flowering climbing plants include annuals morning glory and climbing nasturtiums, hyacinth bean, climbing snapdragon, black-eyed Susan vine and canary creeper vine. They all sprout quickly when planted in warm, rich soil in sunny locations and grow quickly through the spring and summer, covering a 5-foot trellis in a couple of months. All have attractive foliage and flowers. Fast-growing perennial flowering climbers include climbing roses, established trumpet vine, established clematis, wisteria and bougainvillea. These climbing flowers produce sturdy woody growth and require stronger support than annuals, so trellises should be attached to strong posts or they will be pulled down with vigorous growth and heavy foliage.
Fast-growing evergreen climbing plants include English ivy, trailing arbutus, Japanese honeysuckle and evergreen climbing hydrangea. English ivy is a very aggressive climber and requires a very tall support and consistent trimming if it’s to be confined to a trellis. Trailing arbutus requires pinning to grow on a trellis or it will run horizontally along the ground. Honeysuckle and hydrangea, although evergreen, require winter protection in harsh and freezing conditions.