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How to Choose the Best Climber Plants for a Trellis

Climber plants can transform a plain wall into a gorgeous feature of the garden. Find out my tips for choosing the best flowering vines for your space!

three trellises with climber plantsThere's something magical about climber plants. They reach out and grasp any foothold they can find, reminding you that plants are just as alive as we are. This DIY trellis or this clematis trellis gives these unique plants a helping hand, but that's only part of the equation. I'll show you how to choose the best flowering vines for your trellis so you can create an amazing living wall in your own garden.

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Over the last few years, I've learned not to fall in love with the first pretty plant I see. Down that road is nothing but heartache, wasted money and a dead plant in the compost bin! By doing my research before I even step foot in the garden section, I know exactly which plants will thrive in each corner of the yard.

Research Climber Plants Online First

My search for climber plants for my new garden trellises began at Monrovia's online store. Their website makes it simple to narrow down your choices by weeding out the plants that aren't right for your garden. (Pun totally intended.)

I focused my search on climber plants and vines requiring support, which has its own section on the Monrovia website.
Monrovia's website helps you plan your garden and find the perfect plants.

From there, you can narrow the field down even more to pinpoint the best options. I'm in Zone 8, and my side garden gets lots of sun (when it decides to come out in rainy Seattle!) Selecting just those two parameters cut my options down by half, and assures me that whatever plant I choose will thrive.

There are so many beautiful plants available from Monrovia!

Plan out your garden ahead of time! This handy FREE printable garden planner will help you keep track of the seeds and plants you have or need, and the best time to plant them!

Pairing Flowering Vines for Constant Color

I looked through the list for one that would pair well with the Akebia vines I already planted. A pop of color from a Clematis would brighten up the trellis and blend with the more understated Akebia. Mixing two different flowering vines with varying bloom times ensures that your trellis is always covered with flowers!

I went back and forth between these two Clematis, but the plant on the left won the coveted trellis spot. The darker foliage will contrast nicely with the light stain of the fence and will coordinate well with the Akebia.

There are so many gorgeous Clematis options from Monrovia!

Training Climber Plants on a Trellis

To start training climber plants, weave the ends through the bottom slats of the trellis.

Weave your climbing vine through the slats of a trellis to give it a hand.

When it starts to fill the space, I'll tie fishing line between the trellises to expand their climbing area. The clear threads will provide almost invisible support for the climber plants, and will allow them to completely engulf the fence.

Grasses fill in the space between the trellises.

Looking for a trellis for your new flowering vines? Check out these DIY arbor and trellis ideas!

20 Arbor & Trellis Ideas for your Garden

Fill the Remaining Garden Bed

With the back of the garden decided upon, I turned my attention to the narrow space in front. I wanted a pop of color to draw the eye in, and I found it with these hot pink dahlias. A few white daisies are mixed in as well. Plant brightly colored annuals towards the front of a flower bed so they can easily be switched out for something new when their blooming season is over.

Fill the garden bed in front of your climbing vines with a bright pop of color to draw your eye to the space.

Enjoy your new flowering vines!

I hope I've helped in your search for the best climber plants for your trellis. Over the last year, my flowering vines have grown taller and healthier because I chose the right ones for my garden space!

Want to make a garden trellis like mine? You can get the full tutorial here!

Build your own garden trellis for less than $10! This DIY garden trellis is perfect for climbing vines. Get your free plans at The Handyman's Daughter! | DIY fence trellis | gardening

Or maybe this clematis trellis will be better suited for your outdoor space!

clematis trellis with vines growing on fence

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three trellises with climber plants

Jann Olson

Wednesday 4th of July 2018

Great post! I love climbers in my garden. Clematis are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing with SYC. hugs, Jann

Jeannine | The Small Chic Home

Thursday 6th of April 2017

I have never ordered a plant online! I'm definitely thinking about it now! Thanks.

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

Tuesday 4th of April 2017

I'll have to definitely check out that online tool! We have several areas in need of vines and it's always hard to know what will survive our scorching desert summers.


Wednesday 5th of April 2017

The online tool was really helpful! I'm thinking of planting shade loving vines on the other side of the fence that faces our parking pad. I'd have two completely different types of vines climbing the same fence!

Toni | Small Home Soul

Tuesday 4th of April 2017

Wow I didn't know you can order their plants online. We love Monrovia but only one store in our area sells them so the choices are limited. I'll check them out. Thanks, and your trellis is awesome!


Wednesday 5th of April 2017

Thanks Toni! It's so convenient to order online and pick them up at the store. Monrovia will just put them on the truck along with the next shipment to your local nursery!


Tuesday 4th of April 2017

These are stunning! Thanks for the info!

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