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Vibrant & Vertical: Best Climbing Plants for Ontario Gardens

June 7, 2021
Written by Aaron

Think outside the garden box! We have an easy garden makeover secret to share—if your garden needs a little more colour, texture, and beauty, try these climbing plants for your wooden fences, trellises, and more.

Kiwi Vine

Kiwi vine is one of the best climbing plants for beautifying wooden fences. Think of the kiwi vine as the kiwi fruit's Canadian cousin. Hardy kiwi vine can withstand Ontario winters and can still bear fruit, albeit a bit different than warm-weather kiwi. The grape-sized fruit is sweet and can be eaten whole. Its heart-shaped leaves add a sweet charm to any fence, pergola, or trellis. 

When it comes to caring for kiwi vine, scout out a nice sunny location for prime colour and beautiful leaf variegation. If you're planting in the hopes of tasting its delicious fruit, you will need both a male and female variety or choose a self-pollinating variety. You may also need to wait a few years: it can take up to 9 years before it starts producing fruit. However, some types only need 3-5 years. Be sure not to let your kiwi vine overcome trees or choke out any shrubs around it. 

Honeysuckle Vines for Ontario

Honeysuckle Vine

Crowned the Queen of Flowering Vines honeysuckle will fill your garden with sweet scents and long-lasting flowers. Honeysuckle vines are the perfect climbing plants to grow along wooden fences to create a beautiful privacy screen. Their clusters of tubular flowers come in many hues to match your garden aesthetic. The strong scent of these flowers are the perfect attraction for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. 


In recent years, clematis has become known as one of the best climbing plants for wooden fences and other structures. When choosing a clematis for your garden, consider what mature height, colour, and flower form would work best for your space. Some clematis varieties can easily take over 10-20 feet of space, while others come in a compact version for smaller areas. Their romantic bell-shaped flowers can be found in gorgeous shades of wine red, lavender, dark purple, white, and yellow. To keep care simple, prune back dead vines after mid-spring. 

Climbing Roses Vines For Ontario Wooden Fences

Climbing Roses

While technically shrubs, climbing roses can accomplish the same thing as a vining plant. Roses are one of the best climbing plants to turn wooden fences into an enchanting photo backdrop or secret garden-style gate. There is plenty of variety, so choose the bloom style and colour that sparks joy. In order to get the perfect lush rose garden feel, you'll need to train these climbers. Without training, you'll still have a few beautiful roses bloom, but they may look a bit long, gangly, and sparse. In order to train your roses, you can tie the stems to a trellis to guide their growth. Your roses will need ample fertilization, so be sure to keep track of their feedings. If you're looking for climbing roses near you in Ontario, visit our garden centre, we'll help you find your best rose match.


Virginia Creeper

Virginia creeper is a low-maintenance vine that is one of the best plants for carefree climbing of fences, wooden, or otherwise. They are sometimes confused with grapevines, but beware, Virginia creeper berries are toxic to humans. You can remove the berries for the safety of your children, but birds will happily devour them. Virginia creeper won't ask much of you: just watch out for scale, beetles, and leafhoppers. Prune off any branches that have been broken, and you can prune back any areas that are becoming too thick for your liking.

Blue Moon Wisteria for Climbing Wooden Fences

Blue Moon Wisteria

Turn your wooden fences into a magical fantasy world by planting blue moon wisteria: your best bet for climbing plants with style. Blue moon wisteria has lavender or powdery-blue pea-shaped flowers. Even the leaves have a unique beauty: they emerge as a coppery-bronze shade in spring and transform into a vivid green. They are a gorgeous addition to any structure. It loves to climb and drape romantically over edges of trellises, pergolas, and fences. In addition to their whimsical appearance, they'll also attract beautiful hummingbirds. Prune blue moon wisteria only after it's done blooming for the season.

Get your wooden fences looking their best with these ideas for the most beautiful climbing plants. If you are looking for supplies or support to have an amazing garden, don't hesitate to contact us. We look forward to helping you!

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