Best plants to cover a wall – 10 ideas for a fabulous sweep of flowers and foliage


Training climbing roses on a wall is easy and they are a good choice whatever the style of your backyard. Try training a fabulous, fragrant climbing or rambling rose up a wall to convert a dull or unsightly area into one of the most stunning features in your yard. There are many varieties of best climbing roses to choose from too.


Try growing a vigorous evergreen climber like Clematis Armandii with its saucer-shaped, highly scented white flowers and lush foliage to create a wall of greenery. It's one of the best clematis to grow if you want a variety that retains its lush appearance even during the winter months.

3. IVY

Ivy is one of the best evergreen climbers if you want to add a lush year-round green backdrop to a garden wall. It's an especially good choice if your wall is north facing as ivy grows prolifically even in heavy shade. It's self-clinging so you simply plant it at the base of the wall and it will naturally adhere to the climbing surface using aerial roots or adhesive 'pads'.


Passionflower is a perennial, flowering vine that is a great choice for growing up a wall. In fact, the best place to plant a passionflower is in a sunny spot that is sheltered by a garden wall. Many types of passionflower can be damaged by major winds or harsh weather, and a sheltering wall offers protection.


This vigorous and very pretty twining vine is covered with clusters of deep burgundy flowers with a spicy vanilla-chocolate scent. Also known as Akebia quinata, it's one of the best fast-growing flowering vines and if you live in a climate that gets hot summers it will even produce fruit. It looks exotic but it's super-easy to grow.


Calico asters (also known as Symphyotrichum lateriflorum) are native perennial flowers with masses of tiny white blossoms and pretty rosy pink centers. In late fall, the flowers go to seed, turning to tufts of cottony (hence the name) brown and white that are dispersed by the wind to self-sow.


'Swamp azaleas (also known as Rhododendron viscosum and swamp honeysuckle) are North American native shrubs that can grow fast and tolerate a variety of conditions, including full sun or partial shade, moist soil, and even wet soil,' says Shubber Ali.


The vivid blooms of the US native trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) will drape softly over a wall to add a vibrant and colorful look to your landscaping. In addition to shades of red and coral pink, the beautiful, tubular flowers come in yellow and orange too. Blooms appear on the trumpet vine throughout summer and into fall. It's also one of the best flowers that attract hummingbirds, who just can't resist them.


Evergreen shrubs are also one of the best options to cover a wall. ‘Filifera Aurea’, commonly called threadleaf false cypress, is favored for its dense gold-tipped weeping foliage and small cones on mature plants. It's an attractive, resilient shrub that makes a great accent plant to use as screening.


Look beyond the name (it's also known as Holboellia and Stauntonia if you prefer) and you'll find an excellent climbing vine and one of the best plants to hide a garden wall. The mauve, red-purple, or cream-lime spring flowers will fill the air with heady notes of cantaloupe melon, cucumber and jasmine. In fall it has edible sausage-shaped pink or purple fruit, which gives this vine its name.

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