How to Successfully Garden Wall-Climbing Plants to be Good for Houses

Sometimes an ordinary potted plant is not enough to pretty up the house. Most of the time, your house may not have enough space for a suitable garden in front of the door, porch, or garage walkway. To spruce up those plain walls of your houses, wall-climbing plants or creepers are a good choice to make! If you want to know the advantages and the disadvantages of wall-climbing plants, check out Pros and Cons of Gardening Wall-Climbing Plants for Houses.

These are 4 important ways on how to successfully garden wall-climbing plants that won’t ruin your house at all:

  1. Climbing aids →① + ②. Instead of letting them attach to your walls, affix mesh such as “chicken wire” to the exterior walls and let the wall-climbing plants wrap up around the mesh and not burrow into your walls. Wire mesh is also useful to protect seeds and shoots from birds →③ + ④.

    Trellis is an ideal choice – trellis is an architectural structure made from an open framework / lattice of interwoven / intersecting pieces of wood, bamboo or metal. Screw wooden trellis to batons so there’s plenty of space for climbers to wind behind. If your trellis is on batons, it might be easier to unscrew them and lower the climber to undertake routine maintenance, such as replacing a fence panel or painting a wall.

    In the case of beans, each plant requires a climbing cane. The tent method is best used for 2 rows of wall-climbing plants →⑤. The wigwam method is ideal for growing plants in troughs and tubs →⑥ and twigs gathered during coppicing can be used as a climbing aid for peas →⑦, as can taut wire netting →⑩ or a double wire mesh.

  2. Soil quality. Make sure you can fix a trellis or any other type climbing aid successfully on your soil.If you’re planting into the ground, dig a hole at least a foot away from the wall or fence (otherwise the plant will be in the rain shadow and struggle). Mix in some well-rotted compost. Plant the climber leaning in towards the surface it will climb up, firm in well and give them a good drink.If you’re planting in a pot, try and use as large a pot as you can – your plant will be happier and need less watering. Make sure there is good drainage (put some broken bits of pot in the bottom) and use a good, peat-free compost.
  3. The direction they face. Some wall-climbing plants are suited to face certain directions: north, south, east, or west.
  4. The height into which they will grow →⑪. In other words, also take into account how tall your surface is.

    Climbing plants and their growth heights

    Climbing plants and their growth heights


To successfully garden wall-climbing plants to be good for houses, you should follow this guideline when you are choosing the best conditions for perennial (annual) wall-climbing plants or wall-creeping plants.

PerennialsHeightGrowthClimbing AidsLeavesWateringMonth / FlowersLocation
ivy (Hedera Helix)up to 25 mslowwinter-9 - 10 greenishshade
knotgrassup to 15 mfastx necessarysummer+7 - 9 whiteshade
virginia creeperup to 15 mfastsummer(+)5 - 6 greenishhalf shade
anemoneup to 8 mfastxsummer+5 - 6 whitehalf shade
wisteriaup to 10 mmediumxsummer(+)5 - 6 bluehalf shade
common traveller's joyup to 10 mfastxsummer+7 - 9 whitehalf shade
climbing hydrangea5 to 8 mmedium(x) sensiblesummer-6 - 7 whitehalf shade
dutchman's pipeup to 10 mmediumxsummer(+)5 - 6 brownhalf shade / shade
trumpet vineup to 8 mslow(x) sensiblesummer+7 - 8 orange
grapevineup to 10 mmediumxsummer(+)5 - 6 greenishhalf shade
grapeup to 10 mmediumxsummer+5 - 6 greenishhalf shade
red honeysuckle3 to 4 mmediumxsummer(+)6 - 9 yellow-redhalf shade
hop4 to 6 mfastxsummer-5 - 6 greenishhalf shade
honeysuckleup to 5 mmediumxsummer+5 - 6 yellow-redhalf shade
climbing roseup to 5 mmediumxsummer-6 - 8 varioushalf shade
spindle shrub2 to 4 mslow(x) sensiblewinter(+)6 - 8 greenishhalf shade / shade
traveller's joy2 to 4 mmediumxsummer+6 - 9 varioushalf shade
winter jasmineup to 3 mslowxwinter+1 - 4 yellowhalf shade

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