Information & resources about plants & gardens for Brisbane & Qld
 

 

Climbing plants

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

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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.

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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.

More Online Information


Please note - these links are for general information and ideas. Some of the species referred to in links might not be appropriate for Queensland.
General
Many Reasons to Plant Vines University of Florida
Vertical Gardening Overview of use of vertical space in the garden. Washington State University Clark County Extension
Vining Plants General landscape ideas. University of Illinois
Tendrils Short illustrated article in Florida State Horticultural Society Newsletter, May 2011 (PDF)
Vines - Nature's Wall Hangings Hendry County Extension Service, Univ Florida
Climbers: training and pruning on planting Royal Horticultural Society, UK
Climbers: renovating overgrown plants Royal Horticultural Society, UK
What are the implications of being a climbing plant from Veld & Flora, Botanical Society of South Africa
Growing Climbers How one gardener incorporated Hibbertia and Hardenbergia into the garden on wire tomato frames. (ASAGP)
Climbers out of control Department of Agriculture Western Australia
Climbers: taking cuttings Royal Horticultural Society, UK

Species
Genus - link indicates a dedicated pageNotes, Other links - includes assorted links to other websites if no dedicated page on this site
Akebia
Five-leafed Akebia Akebia quinata
Akebia quinata (Houtt.) Dcne. Plant Conservation Alliance, Alien Plant Working Group. USA
Antigonon
Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus) Texas A&M University
Antigonon leptopus Coral Vine Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Coral Vine Antigonon leptopus. Flowers of India
White Coral Vine Flowers of India
Antigonon leptopus,Coral Vine The Florez Nursery blog
Antigonon leptopus (discusses weedy tendancies) Save Our Waterways Now. Brisbane
Allamanda 
Aphanopetalum 
Arribidaea 
BeaumontiaNight time fragrance for your Miami-Dade garden Notes on Beaumontia grandiflora. Univ.Florida (PDF)
Bougainvillea 
Chonemorpha 
Cissus
Cissus antarctica Water vine. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Cissus hypoglauca Five-leaved water vine. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Cissus opaca Small-leaved water vine. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Cissus sterculiifolia Long-leaved water vine. Brisbane Rainforest Action & Information Network
Dalechampia
Dalechampia dioscoreifolia Bowtie Vine. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Dalechampia aristolochiaefolia - Silk Crepe Flower "My Dry Tropics Garden" blog, Qld
TRI-OLOGY, Vol. 37, No. 2 includes information on Dalechampia aristolochiaefolia
Dolichos
Hyacinth Bean Vine Dolichos lablab. Parker County Master Gardener Association, Texas (PDF)
Dolichos lablab Weed risk assessments for Hawaii and Pacific Islands
Gelsemium
Carolina Jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology, University of Florida
Gelsemium sempervirens Landscape Plant Propagation Information, University of Florida
Gelsemium sempervirens Missouri Botanical Garden
Carolina Jessamine Gelsemium sempervirens. Texas A&M University
Gelsemium sempervirens (PDF) at the Australian Weeds and Livestock website, NSW (discusses toxicity of weeds and other plants to animals)
Hardenbergia 
Hibbertia 
Hoyas 
Ipomoea (Ornamental) 
Jasminum 
Lonicera 
Mandevilla 
ManettiaBrazilian Firecracker Vine Manettia cordifolia Butterfly Rainforest Plant List, Florida Museum of Natural History
Mansoa 
Millettia
Monstera 
Mucuna
Mucuna novoguineensis Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Plant Profiles, University of Hawai`i at Manoa (PDF)
Pandorea 
PararistolochiaSee Butterflies and Butterfly Gardening
Passiflora
Passion flower Royal Horticultural Society
Passionflower vines yield exotic blooms Mississippi State University, USA
Passiflora coccinea, Red Passion Flower Landscape Plant Fact Sheets, University of Florida USA (PDF)
Container Production of Passionflower A number of research articles can be downloaded from this page. University of Kentucky
Passion Vine - An Attractive Exotic Perennial Hendry County Extension Service, Univ Florida
see also Fruit
Petrea 
Philodendron 
Podranea
Pink Trumpet Vine Podranea ricasoliana Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Pseudocalymmasee Mansoa
Pyrostegia
Quisqualis
 
Roses 
Saritaea 
Solandra
Chalice-Vine Solandra maxima, S. grandiflora, S. guttata (includes a guide for differentiating between these species) Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
The Genus Solandra in Florida Reproduction of a 1956 article from the Florida State Horticultural Society
Chalice vine (Solandra maxima) Queensland Poisons Information Centre
Night time fragrance for your Miami-Dade garden Notes on Solandra species. Univ.Florida (PDF)
Sollya 
Stephanotis 
StigmaphyllonPlant Novelties: Stigmaphyllon Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden, California
Strongylodon
Strongylodon macrobotrys Jade Vine. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Strongylodon macrobotrys (jade vine) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K.
Strongylodon macrobotrys Harold L. Lyon Arboretum Plant Profiles, University of Hawai`i at Manoa (PDF)
Jade Vine Strongylodon macrobotrys at A Digital Botanic Garden (blog, UK)
Jade vine Strongylodon macrobotrys includes an illustration of a seed pod. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K.
StrophanthusStrophanthus gratus (Climbing Oleander, Rose Allamanda) Flowers of India
Tecomanthe
Tecomanthe 'Roaring Meg' At "Grow Me Instead"
Tecomanthe sp. Roaring Meg (L.J.Brass 20326) The Taxonomy Research & Information Network
Thunbergia 
Trachelospermum 
Vigna 
Wisteria 


Older News

Vine identification in Moreton region

Weedy vines can be very damaging to native bushland. Moreton Bay Regional Council has released a new booklet to help residents identify and control pest species. Eighteen local vine species are also featured, including the Richmond Birdwing Vine (food source for caterpillars of the vulnerable Richmond Birdwing butterfly.) "Vines of the Moreton Bay Region" can be downloaded from www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au or collected from customer service centres, libraries, and environmental centres in the region. (December 2008)

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