14 Perfect Climbing Annuals

climbing annuals

Do you have a trellis in your garden or a fence that you can use to grow vines or climbing annuals? The right type of annuals will look great in any garden, and climbing annuals can help you make the most of your vertical space.

In this gallery, let’s take a look at 14 different climbing annuals that will look great in your garden.

1. Cathedral Bells

Cathedral Bells

This is a beautiful annual climber that will look good on a wall in your garden. It grows white flowers that are shaped like a bell. The plant can easily grow to be more than 20 feet tall in zones nine and 10. The blooms, which appear late summer or early fall, can also be purple. They prefer full sun to thrive.

2. Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

This is a very fragrant flower that produces white and purple blooms. These are plants that grow best in a mild climate, so they will do well in zones eight through 10. They grow best in full sun and moist soil that is well-drained and a bit alkaline. These climbing plants can grow to be six feet tall with a little bit of support.

3. Black-Eyed Susan Vine

Black-Eyed Susan Vine

This is a half-hardy annual that is ideal for most gardens. It will have a yellow, orange, or red bloom that has a black dot in the center, which is where it gets its name. Black-Eyed Susan will bloom during the late summer and the fall of the year. It also grows best in zones three through nine. They prefer well-drained soil and full sun.

4. Moonflower

moonflower white

With white and purple blooms, this is a very fragrant option that will make a perfect addition to your garden. These flowers can grow as bother perennials and annuals; the blooms open later in the afternoon. Growing best in zones where temperatures stay between 60 degrees and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, this is a plant that can easily grow to be 20 feet tall.

5. Vining Nasturtium

Vining Nasturtium

This is a great annual plant for your vertical space. It has disc-shaped leaves and bright yellow and orange blooms that can attract bees and other pollinators. This is a plant that can live as an annual in zones nine through 11, especially if it can grow in full sun and well-drained soil. The flowers, the leaves, and the seeds are all edible on this plant.

6. Petunias


Typically known as a plant that is ideal for training, when you train it, it becomes a great option for climbing on a trellis as well. This is a plant that prefers to grow in full sun, but it will tolerate partial shade as well. This plant prefers warmer temperatures as well, so it will grow best in zones nine through 11.

7. Hyacinth Bean Vine

Hyacinth Bean Vine

Though this is a plant that will produce food, it is also a colorful option that will easily climb up a trellis or fence. It is capable of producing red and purple bloom that smell great, and with full sun and the proper care, this is a plant that can grow to be 15 feet tall. It grows best in zones 10 and above.

8. Mandevilla


This is a bright, colorful plant that will bring a tropical look to your garden. It will grow best in sand or other well-draining types of soil. It also does best when it does not set in the hot sun all day. It tends to thrive in zones nine through 11, and with the right care, a vine can easily grow to be 10 to 20 feet tall. See some popular Mandevilla varieties here.

9. Cypress Vine

Cypress Vine

With leaves resembling a palm tree, this is a plant that is ideal for climbing. It produces star-shaped blooms that you can see in the summer, and there can also attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. As an annual, these plants grow best in zones 10 and 11. With the right care and attention, these plants can reach 200 feet in a single growing season.

10. Canary Creeper

Growing best in zones nine and 10, this is a plant that produces a bright yellow bloom that looks great climbing in your garden. In general, the vines on this plant can grow to be 12 feet long, and it will begin blooming in the month of July. It tends to do best in partial to full sun well-drained soil that is partially acidic.

11. Cardinal Climber

Cardinal Climber

If you are looking for a brightly colored plant to attract hummingbirds to your garden, then this is a great climber to consider. They can even grow to be 12 feet tall with full sun and well-drained soil. Bloom typically occur late summer until it gets cold.

12. Climbing Snapdragon

Climbing Snapdragon

These trumpet-shaped flowers are ideal doe creating a colorful vertical space that you can enjoy. The vines are ideal for intertwining around a trellis, and they will grow best in zones nine and above. Typically, this is a flower that can grow to be eight feet tall, and it creates lovely flowers that are red, lavender, pink, and blue.

13. Spanish Flag

Spanish Flag

If you are looking for a colorful annual vine that blooms in clusters, this is a great option. In full sun, it can grow to be 18 feet or more, and it can be found ins zones two through 11. It is a great option to attract birds to your garden, and the red, orange and yellow flowers that it produces can be quite bright.

14. Scarlet Runner Bean

Scarlet Runner Bean

Though this is a plant that produces edible beans, it is known best for its ornamental foliage. Available in a variety of color combinations, this is a plant that can easily grow in zones three through 11. This plant prefers to grow in the sun, so make sure that it gets plenty throughout the day.