20 flowering plants to add beauty (and privacy) to your backyard

20 flowering plants to add beauty (and privacy) to your backyard

Everyone can use a little shade and privacy in the backyard. Fortunately, flowering vines are an excellent way to add color and texture while creating a living privacy screen. Most climbing flowering vines grow quickly and require little maintenance. Complete your garden design with a vertical element by planting and caring for one of these gorgeous climbing flowers.

Climbing roses

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If you’re looking for a classic flower to add a little privacy to your garden, the climbing rose may be the perfect choice. Improved Blaze climbing roses feature bold red double blooms and grow up to 15 feet tall and eight feet wide.

Regions: 5 to 9

Wisteria

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Cold hardy to zone 4, First Editions Summer Cascade Wisteria is a fast grower and can quickly cover a pergola, fence or garden with beautiful purple-purple blooms in June. If you’re looking for that early season color followed by lush summer foliage, attractive seedpods and stunning fall color, Summer Cascade is an easy-to-grow purple flowering vine.

Regions: 4 to 8

Clematis

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Clematis is a favorite perennial vine because it scrambles up trellises and climbs over arbors and fences year after year, weaving a rich tapestry of color and texture. The Sparky Series is an early blooming clematis that embraces the season with gorgeous, spiky blooms, and is durable and easy to grow. This spring bloomer doesn’t need pruning – plant it on a trellis, railing or other structure and enjoy the display. The vine is available in three colors: bright pink, bright purple, and bright blue.

Regions: 5 to 8

Black-eyed Susan Fine

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If you’re interested in a fast-growing annual vine that will give you color all summer long, Lemon A-Peel Black-Eyed Susan Vine will not disappoint. This hardy grower will happily climb any support you give it and offers bright, fun yellow flowers until the first frost. The vine is hardy in zones 10 to 11 but can be grown as an annual in all zones.

Regions: 10 to 11

Sweet and bitter

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Early releases of Autumn Revolution ‘Bittersweet’ are a self-cultivated and self-fruiting native variety in North America. While many bittersweet varieties require a pollinating partner plant, Autumn Revolution has “perfect” flowers, meaning it can produce fruit on its own. Although this flowering vine has beautiful flowers, most people are interested in its vibrant orange fruits, which shine in the fall and winter months. The foliage is gorgeous and disease resistant, and the fall color is beautiful.

Regions: 2 to 8.

Mandeville

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The Sun Parasol Apricot Mandevilla is a constantly flowering tropical vine that grows best in full sun. You may be able to overwinter this plant indoors in colder climates.

Regions: 10 to 11

Holboleia vine

Monrovia

Heavenly Ascent Holboellia features glossy foliage and large, white, very fragrant flowers in spring. It is a wonderful evergreen vine to add privacy, beauty and scent to your backyard. Up to 20 feet tall with support.

Regions: 8 to 10

Climbing hydrangea

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Hydrangeas are loved for their beautiful, large flowers and green foliage. Although most people are familiar with the shrub variety, climbing hydrangea will easily cling to surfaces via aerial roots, creating a lush, romantic garden wall that suits any cottage garden. Climbing hydrangeas have a slow-growing shrub habit until established and then become very vigorous and produce tall, fast-growing stems.

Regions: 4 to 9.

Trumpet vine

Monrovia


This climbing deciduous vine is a hummingbird magnet. Balboa Sunset Trumpet Vine features clusters of large, tubular, deep reddish-orange flowers that create a dramatic display all season long. The vine grows vigorously and blooms profusely with almost neglect once established. Use as a ground cover or to screen a net or fence.

Regions: 4 to 11.

Honeysuckle

Monrovia

The Major Wheeler Coral Honeysuckle is a vigorous, fast-growing vine that is perfect for covering a fence post, arbor, or trellis in one season. This variety thrives in high humidity and is mold-free. Its glowing red and gold flowers appear throughout the summer and continue into the fall. The stems are often red to purple, turning greenish-brown as they age, providing visual interest in fall and winter.

Regions: 4 to 8.

Carolina Jessamine

Monrovia

Carolina Jessamine is known for its stunning display of fragrant bright yellow flowers and emerald green foliage. It climbs beautifully up a trellis, arbor, or over fences and walls without choking out the surrounding trees and shrubs. The vine can be evergreen to semi-evergreen (depending on hardiness zone), creating visual interest during the winter.

Regions: 7 to 9.

Fivelife Akebia

Monrovia

Also known as the chocolate vine for its drooping stems of deep purple, chocolate-scented flowers, Fiveleaf Akebia is a spreading, vigorous climbing vine that features attractive blue-green foliage. It is semi-evergreen in zones 5 to 9 and deciduous in less temperate zones. If another five-leaf akebia vine is planted nearby, this plant can produce edible seed pods that taste like tapioca pudding.

Regions: 5 to 9

Star jasmine

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If you’re looking for a fragrant addition to your garden that provides a little privacy, these small flowers on lush greenery may be the perfect choice. Star Jasmine tolerates both hot and cold climates and can grow up to 20 feet tall.

Regions: 8 to 11

Morning glory

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Like a related flower, the moonflower, morning glories only bloom at a certain time of day – the morning. Heavenly Blue Morning Glory blooms in early fall with unique, bold blue flowers that will be a stunning display in the garden. They will thrive in warmer climates as a perennial, but can be annuals in cooler climates.

Regions; 2 to 11

Infernal

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Alexandra bougainvillea’s purple flowers bloom year-round, and bougainvillea actually thrives when neglected, so it’s great for beginner gardeners. The plant grows best in hotter climates (zones 10 and 11), but can be grown in containers elsewhere.

Regions: 4 to 11

False hydrangea

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Flirty Girl False Hydrangea is another climbing hydrangea that’s perfect for shady areas where you’re looking for a little privacy. This vine can reach 50 feet in height. The bold white and cream flowers appear in summer.

Regions: 5 to 9

Fine cypress

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A hummingbird magnet, Red Cypress Vine features star-shaped red flowers and fern-like foliage. It can reach over 15 feet tall and is an easy vine to grow.

Regions: 6 to 11

Moonflowers

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If you’re looking to grow something gorgeous in the evening, moonflowers are the perfect solution. The giant white moonflower’s six-inch flowers bloom only at night, and can quickly grow up to 10 feet tall.

Regions: 3 to 12

Sweetened peas

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Some sweet pea varieties don’t develop into climbing vines, so be especially careful when choosing the type that gives you the privacy you need. Eckfords Finest Mix Sweet Pea features an array of colors and can grow up to five feet tall. It is an annual plant that can grow in almost all hardiness zones.

Regions: 2 to 11

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