Ornamental vines, scramblers and ramblers
"Climbers" are a broad class of plants that can be extremely beautiful and yet very practical. They can be used for screens and coverups where privacy is needed quickly or the space is too narrow for a convential hedge, while stunning decorative effects can be achieved by training flowering vines over arches, pergolas, obelisks etc.
However, choice of appropriate species and subsequent management will be important to achieve the desired effect.
Some climbers are far too rampant for modern urban gardens. In fact, many serious environmental weeds are climbers, smothering native vegetation. Some climbers you read about in old books or international websites might could even be banned in your area (e.g. see the Qld DEEDI's Weeds list). If in doubt, check with an appropriate authority in your region.
Also, growing climbers directly on buildings can cause direct physical damage, provide a bridge for termites and lead to a variety of other problems, althought it may look picturesque.
Another issue is whether foliage or flowers can be achieved near the ground, or on your side of the fence, when climbers are striving towards the sunshine.
Where to buy vines
You can expect garden centres stock some climbers, although you may have to seek out specialist growers if you wish to collect rare or unusual varieties.
If you operate a nursery (including mail order and online businesses) that offers climbing plants or seeds of these species for sale to the public in Qld, please get in touch for information about advertising on this website.