The best fast-growing climbers
We get lots of enquiries for fast-growing screening plants.

Our tubestock plants will grow fast if you give them a good start in life - take a look at the proof in gardeners' photos, in our How Fast Will My Tubestock Plants Grow? blog.

And many hedging plants are fast-growing - enter "fast-growing" into the search box on the website and you'll get a selection of plants you can then filter by height.

The fastest-growing screening plants are not hedges, however, but climbers. If you want a really speedy solution to cover an eyesore, block out the neighbours, create almost-instant shade - then climbers are your perfect plants.

All-Green Climbers

All-green climbers can focus entirely on growing leaves and shoots. They're not distracted by flowers, or berries, or pods.

That means they can get on with the business of growing fast; and some of the fastest-growing plants in the world are all-green climbers.

ivy

Ivy has been a favourite worldwide for centuries, and it has a long mythological history and folklore surrounding it as testament to that popularity through the ages.

English ivy has neat dark green three-lobed leaves, and is self-clinging through little roots along the stems. So you don't need to tie this one onto a wall or fence - it will do it itself.

Bigger, bolder, Canary Island ivy is as cold-hardy as English ivy, and tolerates warm humid climates better too. It's so vigorous it would be worth trying in almost any location you need green cover.

Both are excellent shelter plants for small birds and beneficial insects.

 

creeping fig

Small and speedy, the little leaves of Ficus pumila, the creeping fig, will cover a wall or fence in no time at all.
We have three kinds - all-green with bronze tints, variegated with white edges to the leaves, and minima, with super-tiny leaves.

All three creeping figs are very enthusiastic growers, and don't need to be tied onto supports; like ivy, they have their own clinging stem-roots to stick them onto surfaces.
They do need a frost-free garden so they are a good tropical alternative to ivy for northern locations.

 

pandorea

Flowering Climbers

Pandorea jasminoides , the native bower vine, is a very fast-growing climber. In the first year or so it might seem a little slow to establish, but it's producing a strong network of roots to support all that future growth.

It climbs using twining stems, so you'll need to supply something for those to curl around - taut wires, a chainlink fence, an ornamental obelisk - or tie it onto a framework.

All pandoreas have beautiful and abundant flowers : white with purple centres, deep dusky pink, all white; and we also have a variegated form with gold-splashed leaves for added colour when the blooms fade.

 

dipladenia

Dipladenia are, like Pandorea, also fast-growing flowering vines with abundant flowers in shades of pink and white. We have a vibrant red-pink and a gentle pale pink variety - you can see both here.

And like pandorea, they cling by wrapping their stems around a support, so make sure it's a sturdy one! They're less vigorous than pandoreas, and a little less rugged in tough situations, but with regular water and a sheltered position they will flourish beautifully and flower often.

 

Pyrostegia

If you've ever been dazzled by a wall of orange blooms in winter, chances are it's the orange trumpet vine or flame creeper, Pyrostegia.

'Pyro' means fire, and this rampaging subtropical vine is completely smothered in vivid flowers from winter into spring. It will climb through tall trees or race along fences, so give it plenty of room; or prepare for regular pruning sessions.
Occasional plants are slow to get going, but most are quick out of the blocks and very vigorous.

Clematis

Equally vigorous, and flowering in a subtle pastel palette of all-white and pale pink, is the cold-hardy Clematis montana. Whichever colour you choose, you'll be rewarded by masses of flowers, ornamental feathery seedheads, and delicate ferny foliage.

They don't mind full sun at their heads so long as they have cool soil at their roots, and regular water. Shading the roots with groundcovers is an ideal solution.

 

passionflower

Passionflowers are the tropical garden clematis in many ways - very vigorous and fast-growing, climbing by tendrils, big decorative flowers. With passionflowers you also get the benefit of passionfruit!

Our customer Darryl shared photos of his passionflower vine covering a whole fence after just 12 months, and laden with fruit. You can see it in our How Fast Will My Tubestock Plants Grow? post.

 

jasmine

Scented Climbers

When we're talking about climbers for the Aussie garden, we can't go past jasmines. We can hardly grow them fast enough to keep up with the demand - and they grow pretty fast!

One reason for their appeal is that sweet heady scent. A privacy screen of polyanthus jasmine or angel wing jasmine, covered in clusters of fragrant white flowers, can be yours in one year if you give the plants a good start.

Its cousin the sambac jasmine is far less vigorous but just as sweetly-scented.

 

yellow star jasmine

The fragrant Star jasmine or Chinese jasmine - Trachelospermum - is often seen clipped into tight low hedges, but give it some room and will romp through tall trees or across ground. And if you train the growing shoots onto a framework or fence, it will create fast dense evergreen screening studded with richly-scented flowers.

 

How Vines Climb

how vines climb

Vines and climbers cling on in four main ways - through aerial roots along the length of stems, and little sticky pads at the side of their stems; by winding their stems around a supporting structure; and by tightly coiled tendrils produced from growing tips or leaf tips. You'll soon discover which one your vine uses...

In addition, some scramblers like Hardenbergia climb by hooking their leaf joints over supporting plants; it's not as adhesive a method as sticking or twining, but very effective over short heights!

 

To create fast-growing privacy screens, train climbers along a fence line, over a chicken wire mesh fence, threaded on sturdy wires. Redirect new growing shoots every couple of weeks to get maximum screening coverage, or let the plants find their own way.

Give them something to cling on to, like supporting posts, pergolas, or tree trunks, and they'll grab hold and start growing - giving you a flower- and foliage-filled garden, fast!