Ipomoea albivenia is a fairly hardy, deciduous climber with thick, glossy, grey-green, heart-shaped leaves that are velvety white when young.
It has large solitary, trumpet-shaped, scented, white flowers in February and March.
The flowers open at night which means it is probably moth pollinated. The fruit is a woody capsule that bursts open to release the beautiful cotton wool-covered seeds giving it a second ‘flowering’ season.
Plant in full sun or semi-shade in very well-drained soil. Beware of over-watering.
Size climbs up to 4m
Gloriosa superba is a hardy, deciduous, trailing or scrambling plant with shiny light green leaves that taper to tendrils at the tips, which help it to climb.
It grows from a ‘U’ shaped tuber that is deeply buried.
Bowiea volubilis is a hardy, deciduous, bulbous plant that has two thin, strap-like leaves.
It climbs by means of its large much-branched inflorescence, the branchlets of which grow downwards.
Aloe ciliaris is a hardy, climbing Aloe with stems climbing up to 5m if they are supported, but otherwise makes a lovely, clump forming sprawling shrub.
The leaves are in loose rosettes around the stem and fringed with white hairs.
Jasminum multipartitum is a very hardy, evergreen, fast-growing creeper or scrambler with small, glossy, dark-green foliage.
It bears masses of fragrant, white (with deep pink undersides), star-shaped flowers, from August to January.
Jasminum stenolobum is a hardy, evergreen, scandent, bushy shrub or climber, with glossy, dark-green leaves.
Masses of large, fragrant, white, star-shaped flowers with a pink underside are borne from August to January.
Senecio tamoides is a hardy, evergreen, succulent climber that has lovely, glossy, green leaves.
Strophanthus speciosus is a semi-hardy, evergreen small tree, shrub or climber with greenish bark that has raised white dots. The leaves are leathery and, like the rest of the plant, contain a poisonous, water sap.
The flowers, borne from September to December, are striking – with long spidery tepals that are creamy yellow to orange, with a brighter orange marking towards the centre of the flower.
The greenish yellow, two-horned fruit that develops after flowering becomes brown, and splits to release seeds attached to silky hairs that assist with dispersing them by wind.
The seeds, leaves and latex of this plant are poisonous, and are nevertheless used in traditional medicine – particularly in the treatment of snakebites.
An interesting container plant, that can be grown as a woody climber or planted and pruned up to remain a small tree or large shrub. It requires well-composted soil, moderate watering and plant in a semi-shade to shady position.
Size: can climb up to 10m if supported
Asparagus asparagoides is a hardy, evergreen, attractive, climbing Asparagus has beautiful, delicate, slightly-succulent, bright-green leaves.
The sweetly-scented, white flowers are borne throughout the year.These are followed by black berries that are sought after by birds.
It has many traditional medicinal and magical uses.It makes a wonderful container plant and will grow indoors.Looks beautiful cascading from a hanging basket.Use as greenery in flower arrangements.
Asparagus falcatus is a fairly hardy, evergreen, tall, robust climber with glossy, dark-green, sickle-shaped leaves and short, hooked thorns on pale-grey stems.
The small, sweetly-scented,white flowers are carried in a long thin spray and are borne from September to December.These are followed by red berries in winter.
The flower nectar attracts Sunbirds and tiny insects to the garden, and the berries attract fruit-eating birds.Plant in semi-shade or shade.
Useful foliage plant for flower arrangements.
Size: Can climb to 5m
Thunbergia alata is a hardy, evergreen, twining climber that has attractive, bright-green, heart-shaped leaves.
Throughout the year, but particularly in summer and autumn, it produces masses of orange, trumpet-shaped flowers with a dark, purple-brown tube.
Senecio macroglossus ‘Variegated' is a fairly hardy, evergreen, slender, fast-growing creeper with attractive, glossy, ivy-like, semi-succulent foliage that is variegated with bright-green and pale-yellow.
The pale-yellow, daisy-like flowers are borne from March to July and attract insects to the garden.
Allow it to climb or use it as a beautiful groundcover. It is also beautiful planted in hanging baskets and containers.
It grows in sun or semi-shade, although doesn't do well in hot dry areas. Plant in well-composted, well-drained soil.
Size: 20cm as a ground cover / 2m as climber
Bauhinia galpinii is a hardy, deciduous, drought and frost resistant rambling shrub or climber with bi-lobed leaves that look like butterfly wings.
Combretum bracteosum is a fairly hardy, deciduous scrambler has unusual, dull olive-green leaves, and is a particularly attractive foliage plant.
It bears gorgeous, big heads of red flowers from September to December. Unusually for a Combretum, it has nuts and not 4-winged seeds.These nuts are edible when roasted, although they can give you hiccups, hence the common name.It is a host plant to the Striped Policeman butterfly and a few moth species. Attracts many birds to the garden, especially for nesting opportunities.
The Hiccupnut is a good garden subject that can be used for covering banks or walls. Makes a wonderful container plant.
Prune the long climbing stems to encourage it to make a dense round bush.
Combretum mossambicensis is a hardy, deciduous, drought-resistant, scrambling shrub or climber with greyish-brown bark and long, trailing stems that will climb if they have something to lean on.The dull-green leaves have a twisted tip.
It bears fluffy, pink to white flowers from September to November.when the plant only has tiny new leaves.This makes it particularly attractive. The flowers are followed by pinkish, papery-winged seeds.
The flowers attract many insects and thus insect-eating birds.The larvae of the Striped Policeman and Guinea-fowl butterflies feed on the leaves.An attractive shrub for larger gardens.
Prune back heavily to keep in shape and stop its climbing tendencies.
Pelargonium peltatum is a hardy, evergreen rambling pelargonium with smooth, fleshy leaves that have five points.
The flowers are a beautiful pale pink to mauve with darker streaks in the middle and bloom for most of the year.
The rambling, zig-zag stems make it ideal for hanging baskets, cascading over walls or used as an edging plant in a bed or even supported as a climber.
Prune to keep in shape, Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or semi-shade.
The many hybrid ‘Ivy Geraniums were developed from this rewarding and popular garden plant.
Size Up to 2m
Rhoicissus tomentose is a hardy, evergreen, robust, woody climber with rough, greyish-brown bark. The ornamental, almost circular to kidney-shaped, dark-green leaves are interspersed with velvety tendrils.
The young leaves are hairy and a rich copper or purple colour while the old leaves turn crimson before falling. Dense heads of greenish flowers are borne from October to January. These are followed by large, purple, grape-like berries with white spots, which are another great feature of this climber.
The fruit is edible and much sought after by birds and other wildlife. It is the host plant of the Silver Striped Hawkmoth. This robust climber will cover a pergola, can be trained up and over walls or planted in a container and pruned regularly to keep it bushy and show off its wonderful foliage.
Plant in compost-rich soil in sun, semi-shade or shade.
Size: up to 20m in canopy
Rhoicissus tridentata is a very hardy, deciduous, fast-growing, drought-resistant, vigorous climber or scrambling shrub with attractive, dark-green foliage that turns red in autumn.
The small, greenish-yellow flowers are borne in tight clusters on a densely-hairy inflorescence from November to April. The decorative clusters of edible, red, grape-like berries become black and attract birds to the garden.
It has many medicinal and traditional uses. The trailing stems are lovely in flower arrangements. Ideal for screening on a fence or cascading down a bank. It also makes a good subject for a large hanging basket.
Plant in well-drained soil in sun, semi-shade or shade.
Size: 1 to 3m
Thunbergia neglecta is a very hardy, evergreen, low-growing, scrambling perennial with attractive, heart-shaped leaves.
In summer it bears beautiful, round, open, creamy-yellow flowers with a darker-yellow centre. They attract insects to the garden. Pretty planted in a grassland garden scrambling through the grasses, out of a hanging basket, creeping up a trellis or tumbling over retaining walls.
Prune after flowering to keep in shape and ensure masses of flowers in the next season.
It is fast-growing, requires well-drained soil and only moderate water. It can be planted in sun or semi-shade.
Size: up to 1m
Jasminum angulare is a hardy, evergreen, drought-resistant climber with glossy, dark-green, trifoliate leaves.
The clusters of star-shaped, white flowers look velvety and are sweetly-scented, especially at night.
These wonderful flowers are borne from October to January and attract a whole host of tiny insects. They are followed by decorative black berries that attract birds to the garden.
Used for both medicinal and magical purposes. This is quite a delicate climber that can be trained over arches and along fences and walls. It also grows well in containers.
Use as a climber or as a rounded shrub depending on how it is pruned.Plant close to a patio or window where the wonderful scent when it is in flower can be appreciated.
It takes a little time to settle once planted out, but once it has done so, it grows quite quickly. Flowers add a delicious scent to potpourri.
Regular pruning will keep it in shape and encourage flowering. Plant in sun or semi-shade in compost-rich soil.
Size: Climbs to 4m
Podranea ricasoliana is a hardy, evergreen scrambler or climber with lush, bright, compound leaves.
The masses of gorgeous, large, scented, lilac-pink flowers are borne in loose clusters on and off throughout the year.The flowers attract insects to the garden.
This fast-growing plant is ideal for covering pergolas, along walls and on embankments.If pruned regularly and kept in shape it makes a great container plant.
Regular pruning will also ensure that it flowers well the following season.Plant in compost-rich soil but do prune regularly to keep it neat and of a reasonable size.
Size: 1m or as tall as its support
Senecio macroglossus is a fairly hardy, evergreen, slender, fast-growing creeper with attractive, glossy, semi-succulent, ivy-shaped foliage.
The lemon-yellow, daisy-like flowers are borne from March to July and attract insects to the garden.
Allow it to climb or use it as a beautiful groundcover.It is also beautiful planted in hanging baskets and containers.
It grows in sun or semi-shade, although doesn't do well in hot, dry areas. Plant in well-composted, well-drained soil.
Size: 20cm as groundcover / 2m as climber
Asparagus plumosus (=Asparagus setaceus) is a very hardy, evergreen, drought-resistant climber with twining branches.The branchlets spread on one plane and have small, fine leaves in compressed clusters. Red berries, that attract birds, follow the starry, white flowers that are borne from February to May.
The foliage is extensively used in flower arrangements. Good filler plant for shady areas.It makes a beautiful container plant.
Over time this plant will scramble and cover nearby plants so should be controlled by pruning and removing runners once or twice a year. Plant in shade or semi-shade.
Size: up to 3m
Clematis brachiata is a very hardy, deciduous climber with amazing, sweetly scented, creamy-white flowers that have a mass of bright yellow fluffy stamens in the centre. It blooms from Febuary to May. The thick, small fruits are covered with a tail of long, silvery-white, silky hairs. This helps with seed dispersal.
Allow to climb up into trees, use as a groundcover or tumble down banks. Prune back quite severely each year to encourage flowering.
Many pollinating insects are attracted to the pollen-rich flowers
Its many medicinal uses have earned it the name of traveller’s joy.