Climbing Plants for Wooden Obelisks and Seated Arbours

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Bespoke wooden garden obelisk design hand painted in Lincolnshire, England, UK using Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell paint. Uniquely crafted using sustainable FSC certified timber / wood. Available in a range of sizes including 5ft (5 foot), 6ft (6 foot) and 7ft (7 foot) as well as trellised design, 8ft design available on request. We sell small garden obelisk, large garden obelisk and tall garden obelisk, The wooden obelisk design is different to Argos, B&M, ALDI, homebase, dobbies, gardman, home bargains, pets at home, B&Q, b & q, amazon, M&S, Robert dyas, rspb, ikea, john lewis, rhs, gumtree, asda, argos, wilkinsons, kingfisher, the garden obelisk company, QVC or any other garden centre. We are an online only store and we are not on the high street. We also have outlet shops across etsy and ebay UK. Not made from metal or copper. Our design plan, dimensions and height are suitable for climbing plants including Roses, sweet peas and is freestanding and a perfect gift for garden lovers. Wooden garden obelisk assembly free and no set up required. Visit out gallery to see all the wooden obelisk images. Wooden obelisk / garden obelisk delivered ready assembled. Perfect bird table for your garden, choice of ball, acorn and unique finial. Designs include Windsor wooden obelisk and Buckingham wooden obelisk. A smart English garden eiffel obelisk. Can be purchased as a set of 3 for your garden.

When we launched our range of bespoke wooden garden obelisks and seated arbours, we were regularly asked by our clients about ideal climbing plants—specifically climbing plants. Climbing plants that would be able to fully take advantage of the height of an obelisk or seated arbour creating a natural structure in your garden.

We have taken the time to create a quick and straightforward A to Z guide of our favourite climbing plants that are suitable for most locations and are relatively low maintenance. We hope that you find this useful and if you have any suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

A Guide to a Range of Climbing Plants

A – Z Guide!

Aconitum hemsleyanum (Climbing Monk’s Hood)

A slender climbing plant with twining stems. Flowers from July to August producing clusters of dark blue/violet flowers. Prefers full sun to partial shade, making it preferable for north and east facing areas.

The Climbing Monk’s Hood prefers well-drained and moist soil. Hardy plant that can get up to heights of 250 cm and spread up to roughly 100 cm. Plant seeds from March to May.

Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit)

The Kiwifruit is a vicious deciduous climber with cup-shaped flowers which follow on to create a tasty edible fruit. They produce scented flowers in the spring to develop edible fruit in the autumn months.

This climber has attractive foliage but requires full sun to bring out the full colour of the foliage. Actinidia deliciosa prefers well-drained and moist soil. Hardy plant that can get up to heights of 800 cm – 1200 cm and spread between 250 cm – 400 cm.

Bespoke wooden garden obelisk design hand painted in Lincolnshire, England, UK using Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell paint. Uniquely crafted using sustainable FSC certified timber / wood. Available in a range of sizes including 5ft (5 foot), 6ft (6 foot) and 7ft (7 foot) as well as trellised design, 8ft design available on request. We sell small garden obelisk, large garden obelisk and tall garden obelisk, The wooden obelisk design is different to Argos, B&M, ALDI, homebase, dobbies, gardman, home bargains, pets at home, B&Q, b & q, amazon, M&S, Robert dyas, rspb, ikea, john lewis, rhs, gumtree, asda, argos, wilkinsons, kingfisher, the garden obelisk company, QVC or any other garden centre. We are an online only store and we are not on the high street. We also have outlet shops across etsy and ebay UK. Not made from metal or copper. Our design plan, dimensions and height are suitable for climbing plants including Roses, sweet peas and is freestanding and a perfect gift for garden lovers. Wooden garden obelisk assembly free and no set up required. Visit out gallery to see all the wooden obelisk images. Wooden obelisk / garden obelisk delivered ready assembled. Perfect bird table for your garden, choice of ball, acorn and unique finial. Designs include Windsor wooden obelisk and Buckingham wooden obelisk. A smart English garden eiffel obelisk. Can be purchased as a set of 3 for your garden.

Actinidia kolomikta

Actinidia kolomikta is a vicious deciduous climber with cup-shaped flowers which follow on to create a tasty edible fruit. Produces scented flowers in the spring to develop edible fruit in the summer months.

This climber has attractive foliage but requires full sun to bring out the full colour of the foliage. They prefer well-drained and moist soil. Hardy plant that can get up to heights 400 cm to 800 cm and spread up to 400 cm to 800 cm.

Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine)

This semi-evergreen climbing plant produces attractive leaves with cup-shaped scented purple flowers. They enjoy full sun to partial shade with well-drained moist soil. Harvest the fruit during the autumn months.

Can get up to heights of 800 cm – 1200 cm with a spread wider than 800 cm.

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Ceanothus (Californian Lilac)

The Californian Lilac is a relatively fast-growing evergreen, deciduous shrub that produces blue, pink and white flowers. Relatively hardy in the UK climate.

They enjoy the full sun with sheltered exposure with well-drained moist soil. Flowers in the summer months with scent. Can grow up to heights of 120 cm with a spread of 120 cm.

Celastrus orbiculatus (Oriental Bittersweet)

The Oriental Bittersweet is a fast-growing deciduous plant that bears greenish flowers then followed by attractive yellow/orange fruits in the autumn months.

They prefer full sun to particle shade in well-drained moist soil. Can grow up to heights of 800 cm – 1200 cm with a spread of 400 cm – 800 cm.

Bespoke wooden garden obelisk design hand painted in Lincolnshire, England, UK using Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell paint. Uniquely crafted using sustainable FSC certified timber / wood. Available in a range of sizes including 5ft (5 foot), 6ft (6 foot) and 7ft (7 foot) as well as trellised design, 8ft design available on request. We sell small garden obelisk, large garden obelisk and tall garden obelisk, The wooden obelisk design is different to Argos, B&M, ALDI, homebase, dobbies, gardman, home bargains, pets at home, B&Q, b & q, amazon, M&S, Robert dyas, rspb, ikea, john lewis, rhs, gumtree, asda, argos, wilkinsons, kingfisher, the garden obelisk company, QVC or any other garden centre. We are an online only store and we are not on the high street. We also have outlet shops across etsy and ebay UK. Not made from metal or copper. Our design plan, dimensions and height are suitable for climbing plants including Roses, sweet peas and is freestanding and a perfect gift for garden lovers. Wooden garden obelisk assembly free and no set up required. Visit out gallery to see all the wooden obelisk images. Wooden obelisk / garden obelisk delivered ready assembled. Perfect bird table for your garden, choice of ball, acorn and unique finial. Designs include Windsor wooden obelisk and Buckingham wooden obelisk. A smart English garden eiffel obelisk. Can be purchased as a set of 3 for your garden.

Clematis

The queen of climbers! A very popular choice with a wide variety of types. Some are evergreen, flowering in early spring and the majority are deciduous and flower in the summer. Great for growing through trees and other climbing plants.

Clematis alpine

The Clematis alpine is a medium-sized climber that has attractive purple flowers. They produce fluffy seed head in the autumn months and flowers in the spring and early Summer.

Their preference is full sun to particle shade with moist and well-drained soil. Can grow up to heights of 150 cm to 250 cm and an ultimate spread of around 100 cm.

Clematis armandii

The Clematis armandii is a medium-sized climber with attractive white flowers producing fluffy seed head in the autumn months and flowers in the spring and early Summer.

Their preference is full sun and sheltered exposure with moist and well-drained soil. Can grow up to heights of 400 cm to 800 cm and an ultimate spread of around 200 cm.

Clematis Montana

The Clematis Montana is a medium-sized climber with attractive white snowy flowers producing fluffy seed heads in the autumn months and flowers in the spring and early Summer.

Their preference is full sun / partial shade with moist and well-drained soil. Can grow up to heights of 800 cm to 1200 cm and an ultimate spread of around 300 cm.

Clematis cirrhosa var. purpurascens ‘Freckles’

The Freckles is a medium-sized climber with attractive deep purple flowers producing fluffy seed head in the autumn months.

They produce flowers in the spring and early Summer with preference to full sun with moist and well-drained soil. Can grow up to heights of 300 cm and an ultimate spread of around 75 cm.

Clematis urophylla ‘Winter Beauty’

This superb evergreen clematis bears its delicately fragrant, waxy, bell-shaped flowers in the depths of winter. Prefers a sheltered location to protect from the harsh winter conditions.

Can grow up to heights of 400 cm and a spread of 120 cm.

Fremontodendron ‘California Glory’

A vigorous evergreen shrub that produces beautiful deep yellow flowers from late spring until the Autumn. An excellent choice for a slightly sheltered position in full sun.

Will quickly grow to around 3 m in height but will need to be pruned to prevent it from spreading outwards. Can cause skin irritation. Can grow up to heights of 400 cm to 800 cm and a spread of around 300 cm.

Garrya elliptica ‘Silk tassel Bush’

A vigorous evergreen shrub which produces leathery leaves with green flowers. Will quickly grow to around 300 cm – 400 cm in height but will need to be pruned to prevent it from spreading outwards.

Can spread to 300 cm. Grey-green catkins in mid-winter. Frost hardy. Ideal for planting in a border or trained against a wall. Sun or partial shade well-drained soil.

Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting Sweet Pea)

A fragrant climbing evergreen perennial which produces pea-like flowers in the summer and autumn months. Can grow very vigorous in the perfect conditions.

The Everlasting Sweet Pea prefers full sun / partial shade in a south or west facing position in moist, well-drained soil. Can grow up to a height of 150 cm – 250 cm and a spread of around 100 cm. Very hardy. Great for growing against a trellis or through an obelisk.

Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ ‘Honeysuckle’

A fast-growing twining climber which produces fragrant funnel-shaped white flowers eventually turning yellow in the autumn months, then followed by blackberries. It will require annual hard pruning to keep tidy.

The Honeysuckle needs full sun in a sheltered position with moist, well-drained soil. Can grow up to 400 – 800 cm with a spread of 100 cm.

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’ (Late Dutch Honeysuckle)

Late Dutch Honeysuckle a fast-growing climber that creates dark green oval leaves. Produces a fragrant deep purple outside, yellow inside.

They require full sun / partial shade in a sheltered or exposed position with moist, well-drained soil. Can grow up to 400 – 800 cm with a spread of 100 cm. 

Lonicera x tellmanniana (Tellman’s Honeysuckle)

Tellman’s Honeysuckle is an evergreen climber that produces elegant two-lipped fragrant yellow flowers with red and blackberries. They produce beautifully scented flowers in the spring and summer months.

They prefer full sun / partial shade with moist well-drained soil. Very hardy plant getting up to heights of 250 cm – 400 cm and a spread of 75 cm.

Hydrangea petiolaris ‘Climbing Hydrangea’

Climbing Hydrangea is a self-clinging climber with dark green leaves turning yellow in Autumn and domed clusters of white flowers in Summer. Position in a sheltered place in full / particle shade with moist and well-drained soil.

An excellent choice for a wall in sun or shade, including a north wall. (Autumn flowering or leaf colour) May cause stomach upset if ingested. Can grow up to heights of 1200 cm with a spread of 400 cm – 800 cm.

Hederas ‘Ivy’

A very effective self-clinging climbing plant that should not be overlooked. After a couple of years, it will romp away and need regular pruning.

Ivy is an evergreen, with many attractive leaf colours and shapes. A full range of different Ivy’s can be viewed on a dedicated gardening website.

Ivy (Hedera helix)

The Hedera helix is an evergreen shrub that produces clusters of yellow flowers followed by blackberries. They create attractive foliage in all the months of the year enjoying full sun / partial shade / full shade in a sheltered position.

They are a relatively hardy plant that thrives in moist well-drained soil. Can achieve heights of 100 cm and 50 cm spread. Be aware that ingestion may cause severe discomfort.

Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’ (Golden Hop)

The Golden Hop is a vigorous climber that boasts strong yellow leaves followed by attractive hops. Flowers in the Summer and produces fruit in the Autumn. Attractive foliage with summer flowering and leaf colour.

They enjoy full sun / partial shade areas with sheltered exposure in well-drained moist soil. Golden Hop is a very hardy plant getting up to heights of 400 cm – 800 cm and a spread of 150 cm – 250 cm.

Jasmine

A popular choice with its sweetly scented flowers during early Summer. Will quickly cover an arch or trellis. Jasmine grows best in a sunny position.

Jasminum nudiflorum

Jasminum nudiflorum is an evergreen winter flowering variety with bright yellow flowers and fruit blackberries. They can grow happily in full sun / partial shade with sheltered exposure.

Prefers well-drained soil and can reach heights of 200 cm and a spread of 250 cm.

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

Jasminum officinale is an evergreen shrub that produces very fragrant flowers in the Summer with attractive foliage and black fruits in the Autumn. Suitable for south and west-facing areas in a sheltered position.

Requires a moist well-drained position, reaching heights of 250 cm – 400 cm and a spread of 100 cm.

Rhynchospermum jasminoides

An evergreen Jasmine. A twining climber with glossy dark green leaves, turning bronze-red in winter. These plants produce highly scented, pure white flowers from mid to late Summer.

Rhynchospermum jasminoides prefers a sheltered position in sun or partial shade. Can reach heights of 400 cm – 800 cm and a spread of 400 cm – 800 cm.

Parthenocissus quinquefolia ‘Virginia Creeper’

A wonderfully fast-growing climber renowned for its brilliant red autumn colours followed on with blue and black fruit. The Virginia Creeper prefers full sun / partial shade in a sheltered or exposed position.

Requires well-drained moist soil reaching heights of 1200 cm+ and a spread of 400 cm – 800 cm.

Passiflora ‘Passionflower’

The Passionflower is a vigorous evergreen climber with vibrant green leaves and very unusual exotic flowers in Summer followed by orange-yellow fruit.

Flowers from June to August. Advised to grow on a sheltered wall but in a sunny position. Can reach heights of up to 500 cm.

Pileostegia viburnoides ‘climbing hydrangea’

This evergreen shrub is a great climber with elegant small creamy-white flowers. Can grow in full sun / partial shade with moist well-drained soil.

Can reach heights of 400 – 800 cm and a spread of 100 cm.

Pyracantha (Firethorn)

The Firethorn is a very popular evergreen shrub with glossy foliage. Sharp thorns make it a popular deterrent. Masses of white summer flowers followed by bright yellow, orange or red berries.

Slow to grow but well worth the wait. Can be grown in full sun or partial shade. Requires moist well-drained soil, reaching heights of 250 cm – 400 cm and a spread of 300 cm.

Be aware that the seeds may cause mild stomach upsets if ingested.

Bespoke wooden garden obelisk design hand painted in Lincolnshire, England, UK using Farrow & Ball exterior eggshell paint. Uniquely crafted using sustainable FSC certified timber / wood. Available in a range of sizes including 5ft (5 foot), 6ft (6 foot) and 7ft (7 foot) as well as trellised design, 8ft design available on request. We sell small garden obelisk, large garden obelisk and tall garden obelisk, The wooden obelisk design is different to Argos, B&M, ALDI, homebase, dobbies, gardman, home bargains, pets at home, B&Q, b & q, amazon, M&S, Robert dyas, rspb, ikea, john lewis, rhs, gumtree, asda, argos, wilkinsons, kingfisher, the garden obelisk company, QVC or any other garden centre. We are an online only store and we are not on the high street. We also have outlet shops across etsy and ebay UK. Not made from metal or copper. Our design plan, dimensions and height are suitable for climbing plants including Roses, sweet peas and is freestanding and a perfect gift for garden lovers. Wooden garden obelisk assembly free and no set up required. Visit out gallery to see all the wooden obelisk images. Wooden obelisk / garden obelisk delivered ready assembled. Perfect bird table for your garden, choice of ball, acorn and unique finial. Designs include Windsor wooden obelisk and Buckingham wooden obelisk. A smart English garden eiffel obelisk. Can be purchased as a set of 3 for your garden.

Roses

There is a rose for every position in the garden, from patio climbers to growing up an obelisk to large climbing and rambling roses for a trellis and arch. Many colours and shapes to choose from, some with a pleasant fragrance.

Rose ‘Albéric Barbier’

The Albéric Barbier is a semi-evergreen scrambling climber with glossy green leaves and a creamy white scented flower in the Summer.

Can thrive in a broad range of areas requiring well-drained moist soil. Can reach heights of 400 – 800 cm and a spread of 300 cm.

Rose ‘Gloire de Dijon’

Known as the old glory rose, this semi-evergreen shrub is a great climber bearing dark foliage and yellow scented flowers in the Summer and Autumn.

Scented and can reach heights of up to 800 cm and a spread of 400 cm in well-drained, moist soil.

Rose ‘Madame Alfred Carrière’

A semi-evergreen scrambling climber with creamy pink scented flowers in the Summer and Autumn.

The Madame Alfred Carrière prefers full sun in a sheltered environment. Can reach heights of 400 – 800 cm and a spread of 200 cm.

Rose ‘ Rosa Maigold’ (Climbing Rose)

The Rosa Maigold is a semi-evergreen scrambling climber with deep yellow scented flowers in the Summer. They prefer full sun in a sheltered or exposed environment.

Can reach heights of 200 cm and a spread of 200 cm.

Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’

A beautiful semi-evergreen thorn-less climber with small smooth-edged leaves with elegant pale yellow and pink flowers in the spring and summer months. The Rosa banksiae prefers full sun in a sheltered environment.

Can reach heights of 800 cm -1200 cm and ultimate height of 300 cm.

Schisandra rubriflora

An elegant evergreen shrub that produces deep red flowers in the Summer and then producing fruit in the autumn months. Attractive foliage and colourful berries/ fruit.

They prefer a full sun / partial shade in a sheltered or exposed environment. Can reach heights of 1200 cm and a spread of 300 cm in moist well-drained soil.

Schizophragma hydrangeoides (Japanese Hydrangea Vine)

The Japanese Hydrangea Vine is a deciduous shrub that boasts elegant flower heads resembling hydrangeas. It is a vigorous root climber that sprays creamy white flowers.

Can flourish in full sun/ partial shade in a sheltered or exposed area reaching heights of 1200 cm and a spread of 100 cm in well-drained moist soil.

Solanum Glasnevin ‘Chilean Potato Tree’

A deciduous shrub/ climber with dark green leaves. Fragrant clusters of deep purple-blue flowers from Summer to Autumn, followed by yellowish-white fruits. An excellent choice for a sunny position with very long-lasting colour.

The Chilean Potato Tree prefers a sheltered spot with moist well-drained soil. Can reach heights of 800 cm and a spread of 125 cm. Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.

Trachelospermum (Star Jasmine)

An evergreen climbing shrub with glossy leaves with highly scented flowers. The leaves often turn red in the winter. The Star Jasmine prefers full sun in a south-facing, sheltered position.

Can reach heights of 800 cm and spread 800 cm.

Tropaeolum speciosum (Flame Nasturtium)

A slender climber with small rounded leaves and bright scarlet flowers followed with blueberries. The Flame Nasturtium have attractive foliage that prefers a sheltered position in full sun.

Can grow up to 300 cm in height and 100 cm spread in moist well-drained soil.

Wisteria

The Wisteria is a vigorous climber with fragrant pea-like deep purple flowers in the spring and early Summer. They prefer full sun in sheltered south or west facing area in moist, well-drained soil.

Can grow up to heights of 1200 cm+ and a spread wider than 800 cm.

We have chosen a wide range of different plants that may be an excellent choice to climb up your bespoke garden obelisk, arbour or seated arbour and trellis. If you have any other suggested plants that we haven’t covered, please feel free to send us a message via the contact form.

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