For most of us, home isn’t just a place; it’s rather a feeling where we feel safe and happy. At home, we all have a favorite spot to relax our body and clear our minds while we are immersed in reading books, listening to our favorite music or sometimes to sip our coffee as we stare at the view in front of us.
Balconies and gardens have always topped these lists. Here we are going to share the perfect way to add flair to these spots with the help of different kind of vines, climbers and creepers that not only gives the looks but also are proven stress relievers.
For those who are new to these terms ‘creepers and climbers’, please don’t panic!
They are a beautiful category of plants that grow using some sort of support as they have weak stems. The tendrils (tiny extensions of the stem) and suckers (stem sprouts) help them to twine around their choice of backing.
Now let’s have a look at some of the options, that you really might consider adorning your balconies and walls with.
1. Devil’s Ivy (Money plant)
Also called silver vine, golden pothos, hunter’s robe, etc. it is one of the best creeper usually found in the temperate region. The fact that this plant requires little care makes it one of the most common houseplants. It bears leaves with white, yellow, or light green variations making it stand out from the rest.
To cultivate this plant, all you have to do is cut the part of the plant that helps in plant propagation, and regular watering is needed during summer and often qualifies under the watering indoor plant’s category. Apart from removing indoor pollutants, this plant is known to cause a feeling of calmness in people that have touched its living leaves.
Best suited for: Adorning side walls and garden walls
Specialty: Requires little care and hence is suitable for beginners; fast-growing evergreen climber
Benefits: Remove pollutants, Induce calmness
2. Confederate Jasmine
Known by the name Star jasmine, this five-petal flower bearing plant is an excellent evergreen climber with a woody stem. The fragrance it emits is a big plus and is present throughout the year. These plants grow up to a height of 3 meters and are best for decorating your balconies and terrace.
The fact that it strives in the sun as well as in the shade and requires only garden watering with proper draining makes this one of the best evergreen climbing plants in India.
Best suited for: Balcony and terrace
Specialty: It’s pleasant fragrance throughout the year.
Benefits: Pleasant fragrance and its beauty
3. Mandeville (Rocktrumpet)
Now, this is a flower that will make your guests envy your garden because it bears one of the spectacular and often fragrant flowers. The flowers come in a variety of shades of white, yellow, pink and red. So you could choose the right species that match your garden wall or the fence. This makes it one of the popular climber plant in India.
These sometimes require trellis when equipping to climb against a wall and require full sun but not too strong. The water requirements of this outdoor species are very low and provide a leafy green cover to the area where it grows.
Best suited for: Adorning large walls (requires trellis)
Specialty: Beautiful funnel-shaped flowers in red, pink, yellow and white colors
Benefits: Requires less watering and strives in full sun
4. Morning Glory- Best Flowering Vine
Wouldn’t it be perfect to wake up in the morning and enter your balcony with a mug of coffee only to be greeted by some beautiful flowers? That’s exactly what morning glory is. They get their name from the fact that they bloom in the morning. The flowers are trumpet-shaped and come in white, Neil, pink, and violet and have a variety of subspecies.
This blue dawn flower requires full sun, well-drained soil and garden watering regularly. It is the best flowering vine for fences and are planted as seeds in a pot and later transplanted.
Best suited for: Fences (away from the direct wind)
Specialty: Trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom at dawn and heart-shaped velvety leaves
Benefits: One of the best ornamental climbers in India
5. Trumpet Vine:
Campsis or the trumpet vine is an evergreen climbing plant clings using its aerial roots and are deciduous in nature. The flowers bloom in summer and are quite the treat to eyes, with its bright yellow and red shades.
Now, what makes this fast-growing evergreen climber special is that you’re bound to get tiny visitors fluttering its wings at top speed, the hummingbirds.
Best suited for: Gardens and walls
Specialty: Bright red and yellow trumpet-shaped flowers
Benefits: Attracts hummingbirds, requires little watering
You have got a large wall that needs to be covered desperately? Look no further, as this vine not just covers the wall but decorates it. Clematis is a woody creeper that has weak stems in the early stages of its life. But that doesn’t stop this plant from growing through other shrubs and trees.
This plant requires regular garden watering and provides shade if made to grow over structures like arbors and pergolas. But don’t forget to fertilize the plant as it needs extras to maintain its beauty. Sweet autumn clematis is her distant cousin if the fragrance is what you’re looking for.
Best suited for: Long garden walls, Shady structures like pergolas
Specialty: Adaptive nature and its flowers.
Benefits: Attracts butterflies as the leaves are food for caterpillars.
7. Bougainvillea- Best Climbing Plant
You can never ever get tired of looking at this plant. This one is more of a climbing shrub and is famous for the wonderful display of colors like magenta, red, orange, pink, and white. You’ll be surprised to know that these are actually not its flowers but rather a leaf-like structure called bracts. Its actual flowers are quite a bit shy and nestle within.
Best time to water these plants is during its early stages. Once it has grown, you can enjoy its beauty, from a distance. Why? Well, these beauties have stems with thorns for protection. Easily tops the list of best evergreen climbing plants.
Best suited for: The fences of course as it will help keep out rodents with its thorny stems
Specialty: Low maintenance plant with beautiful colorful bracts
Benefits: Ornamental and requires only initial care. The species is tolerant to salt and drought.
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This species can be propagated by seeds or stem cutting. The latter is more preferred as it helps reach maturity faster so that it blooms giving you the best visual treat ever.
Best suited for: Outdoor Walls
Specialty: Fast growing and requires no special soil
Benefits: Ornamental and improves soil quality as it has nitrogen-fixing properties.
If you are still sad about the fact, that you are a night person and always miss out the morning glory, cheer up because we have a plant just for you. The moonflower is a vine that blooms at night (oh yeah!) and bears large trumpet-shaped white flowers for you to enjoy. If that ain’t enough, it also has a wonderful fragrance to make your nights sweeter.
This plant grows easily from the seed, does not require frequent watering and enjoys full sun. Giving more compost or fertilizer can actually harm them.
Best suited for: Your balcony (at night)
Specialty: One of the best night-blooming flowers and its fragrance
Benefits: Requires no special soil or watering and grows easily
10. Flame vine
Also known as the Pyrostegia, Orange trumpet vine or golden shower climber because of its appearance with clusters of orange colored flowers hanging down will definitely steal your heart. This fast-growing climbing plant blooms mainly during spring and winter and gives it a fiery look.
This one requires regular watering and a good exposure towards the sun to facilitate its growth.
After everything is taken care of, get your cameras ready for the best frame for your photos.
Best suited for: Balconies and fences alike
Specialty: Cluster of Orange flowers in large quantities so that your vine stays ever-blooming.
Benefits: Ornamental and blooms in winter and spring
Here we have summed up some of the best climbers and creepers available that can give that distinctive look to your garden. Some of the plants mentioned above may not be native to the soil in your locality and may require more care as the zones vary from temperate to tropical regions.
It is always sensible to take advice from local botanists about the requirements. To reap the full extent of the plant’s beauty, one must be patient and care for it just like your pet because love is a secret ingredient that works wonders.
Now just because you don’t have enough garden space doesn’t mean you need to miss out. Just make a haven out of your balcony.
To conclude, I do not know if you have noticed that you actually feel calm and happy when you’re around plants and trees. Now, this isn’t random, its called ‘biophilia’ the inner longing and affinity towards the natural world, especially the greens. So my advice to you, surround yourself with the best of the best, care for them and in the end, they will never leave you.