Top 5 Fast Growing Vines and Climbing Flowers

Add beauty and height to your flower garden with our recommendations for the best fast growing vines and climbing flowers.

Not only are fast growing vines and climbing flowers great to look at, they serve a definite purpose in backyards. Vining plants can add height and fullness to any flower garden with their sky-high antics. Take a look at these plant picks for ideas, then start adding vines to your backyard.

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Clematis

Clematis spp., Zones 3 to 9

You say, “CLEM-uh-tis,” I say, “cluh-MAT-iss.” It doesn’t matter how you pronounce it; one word best describes these fast growing vines: dazzling! Clematis grows up to 30 feet tall, so you’ll get more flowers in less space.

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purple passionflower, beautiful flowersCourtesy Joe Bob Hall

Passionflower

Passiflora spp., Zones 7 to 9

Christian missionaries discovered the passionflower in South America in the 1500s. They saw symbolism in the bloom, and named it for Jesus’ passion. The fast growing vines can extend up to 50 feet.

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Black-Eyed Susan Vine

Thunbergia alata. annual

Also known as clock vine, black-eyed Susan vine’s flowers superficially resemble their popular native perennial namesake. The vine has thin green stems that extend up to 8 feet, wrapping around trellises or other plant stems. Black-eyed Susan vine puts on a great show when trailing from a container, too.

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Wisteria

Wisteria floribunda, Zones 5 to 9

There’s nothing like the sight and scent of a blooming wisteria garland to add romance to a spring backyard. Growing wisteria does take a bit of care. Be sure to provide ample support for the vine’s heavy limbs, and prune it each year after it flowers.

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Sweet Pea

Lathyrus odoratus, annual

This easy-to-grow, fragrant climbing flower prefers the cooler temps of spring and early summer, like its edible counterpart. It looks lovely among flowers or early spring vegetables.

Next, check out our favorite fast-growing annual flowers.

Lori Vanover
Lori has 20 years of experience writing and editing home, garden, birding and lifestyle content for several publishers. As Birds & Blooms senior digital editor, she leads a team of writers and editors sharing birding tips and expert gardening advice. Since joining Trusted Media Brands 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing magazines and books, curating special interest publications, managing social media accounts, creating digital content and newsletters, and working with the Field Editors—Birds & Blooms network of more than 50 backyard birders. Passionate about animals and nature, Lori has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Communications from the University of Illinois. In 2023, she became certified as a Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener, and she is a member of the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and sits on the organization's Publications Advisory Committee. She frequently checks on her bird feeders while working from home and tests new varieties of perennials, herbs and vegetable plants in her ever-growing backyard gardens.