Here are five climbers to consider:
Bougainvilleas are fast growing climbers and come in a range of colours. They are easy to grow in warmer tropical to subtropical zones, however some species will tolerate light frosts. To get the best out of your bougainvillea, plant it in well-drained soil in a sunny position. Whilst they are drought tolerant, they require plenty of moisture during the flowering season.
These hardy, vigorous climbers grow well in most conditions, however they prefer full sun in moist, well drained soil. As they are heavy-wooded, they require sturdy support. Routine trimming is also necessary to contain their vigorous growth. They come in a variety of colours, including pink, lilac, mauve and white.
Allamanda or golden trumpet vine
This plant produces beautiful golden yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers. It generally flowers from November to May. Allamandas are frost-tender plants and are best suited to a subtropical to tropical climates. They can however, be grown in sheltered areas in cooler climates. They prefer full sun and should be planted in rich, well-drained soil. When pruning allamandas, be careful not to make contact with the milky sap, as it can cause skin irritation.
This hardy, rapidly growing climber prefers full sun or partial shade. Jasminum prefer moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil. It can be invasive, if not pruned regularly. Pruning every now and then will assist in keeping the plant bushy. After planting, it should be watered regularly until established. Some species are evergreen and others are deciduous, whilst some are more fragrant than others.
Passiflora or passion vine
A fast growing climber, the passiflora prefer warmer climates and position in full or half-sun. It produces unusual red or pink coloured flowers that tend to occur in winter and spring. Passiflora prefers moist, well-drained soil and should be watered regularly during the warmer months. Flower colours range from pale yellow or pink to purple-red.