Apart from clematis, there exists a large group of climbing vines worth popularising. Climbers take up little space in the garden all the while giving a spectacular display owing to the mass of greenery they produce:, , , , , , , , beautiful flowers: , , and ornamental fruit: , , , as well as edible fruit: and . The majority of climbers climb by twining spirally round the support, while others, owing to the presence aerial rootlets e.g. , , , and , or adhesive tendril tips, e.g. , are self-clinging and can scale a flat wall, without added support.
Climbers are particularly useful for covering outer walls of buildings. Apart from their decorative aspect, they also act as insulation during winter, and retain a pleasant coolness inside the house during hot summer days. They also help keep the walls dry by shielding them from the rain, and draining excess water away from the foundations. Creepers are best suited to this end, but you can equally well use ivies or Trumpet Vine, or any other climber on condition that a suitable support is provided.
Climbers can cover unsightly buildings, sheds, warehouses, rubbish sheds, etc. hiding them quickly from view. If you want to have the effect in just one year, you should try, , on belonging to the e.g. or or alternatively, Clematis of the . If you can wait 2-3 years, you can use any climbing vine described in this section.
Climbers can grow up various kinds of fences (np. siatki) (e.g. wire meshes). They will not only provide decoration, but will also screen us from nosy people's eyes and protect us against winter and dust. The following plants are excellent for this purpose:, , of the (especially ' ), the (especially ' ), the (especially ' and ' ) and the (especially ' ), , and .
The majority of climbers don’t require any special soil conditions, but since they produce a large mass of greenery, they don’t like very dry and poor soils. Heat-loving species, such as, and , prefer warm, sheltered and sunny sites, while , , , , , , and some h will feel better in a cooler, shaded and moist site.
When planting climbers dig a hole of 50x50x50 cm and fill it with fertile soil. Depending on the species, put the plant 0-10 cm deeper than it used to grow in a pot, at least 30-50 cm away from the wall and 50-100 cm away from the trees. Well chosen and correctly planted climbers can grow for many years, decorating your garden all year round and providing excellent shelter for birds.