Top 10 perennial climbing plants for temperate climates

Looking for perennial climbing plants? These are very interesting when you want to have privacy in the patio or garden, or just a beautiful balcony all year round. In addition, there are many varieties, so many that to make it easier for you to take care of them we have selected for you the 10 best for temperate climates.

They are species that resist well the summer heat, but also the cold and moderate frosts. Also, many of them produce really attractive flowers, which is why they look great in any corner.

What are the perennial climbing plants that are best adapted to living in temperate climates? Well, if these climates are characterized by something, it is by making the summers warm to very hot, and the cold winters to very cold with frosts that can be weak or moderate.

The evergreen species that you want to put, must adapt to living in these conditions, but for that you have to choose them well. That is why we recommend the following:


Image – Wikimedia/ H. Zell – Male flower of Akebia quinata

The Akebia quinata is a beautiful 4-6 meter tall climbing plant native to Asia with semi-persistent leaves (not all of them fall) composed of five pinnae or leaflets about 5 to 8 centimeters long, green in color. Its flowers, which sprout in spring, are grouped in clusters, and are fleshy, lilac-red in color, and highly perfumed.

It resists frosts down to -10ºC.

Purple bell

Image – Wikimedia/ Magnus Manske

The Ipomoea purpurea, also known as ipomea, Don Diego de day, bells or purple ivy, is a climbing evergreen grass characterized by developing green heart – shaped leaves and reach a height of 2-3 meters. Its flowers are solitary or appear in groups, purple, white, pink or multicolored.

It can resist up to -4ºC if they are frosts of short duration. In case it is colder, it will behave as an annual plant, something that should not worry you since its seeds germinate very well and its growth rate is so fast that it flowers only a few months after sowing.


The Hedera helix is a climber native to Europe that can exceed 10 meters in height if it has a support to climb, with evergreen, leathery and green leaves. The flowers gather in simple umbels that form a panicle, without ornamental value.

It is well resistant to cold and frost down to -7ºC.

Winter jasmine

Image – Wikimedia/ KENPEI

The Jasminum polyanthum is a perennial climber (although it can lose its leaves if the weather is very cold) that reaches a height of 5 meters originally from China. The leaves are compound, formed by 5-9 dark green leaflets. From spring to summer it produces aromatic white flowers.

It resists freezes down to -5ºC.

Royal jasmine

Image – Flickr/ Magnus Manske

The Jasminum grandiflorum, also called Spanish jasmine, jasmine jasmine Spain or oloroso, is an evergreen climbing shrub native northeastern Africa and southern Arabia which reaches a height of 4 to 6 meters. Its leaves are evergreen, composed of 5-7 green ovate leaflets. From spring to autumn it produces highly perfumed white flowers.

It resists occasional frosts down to -6ºC.


Image – Flickr/ Åsa Berndtsson

The Lonicera caprifolium is a native perennial vine southern Europe that reaches a height of 3 to 6 meters. Its leaves are oval, green, and its flowers are red and aromatic. It blooms during the spring.

It resists well the cold and frosts down to -12ºC.


The Passiflora caerulea is a climbing plant native to Brazil and Peru that reaches a height of about 7 meters. Its leaves are alternate, perennial, and petiolate, green in color. The flowers are azure blue or light purple, and bloom from summer to fall. Its fruits are edible, but have little flavor.

It resists frosts down to -5ºC, perhaps down to -10ºC if it is in a protected area. It sprouts again if it is damaged.


The Plumbago auriculata is a climbing evergreen shrub known as jasmine blue, Celestina, plumbago, or blue jasmine originating in South Africa which grows to a height of 4-5 meters. Its leaves are obtuse and spatulate, green in color, and its flowers are grouped in clusters of blue or white. It blooms all year round except winter.

Resists up to -5ºC.


Image – Wikimedia/ Luca Camellini

The Trachelospermum jasminoides, popularly known as Chinese jasmine, star jasmine, false jasmine or milk jasmine, is a climbing shrub native to China and Japan that reaches a height of 7 meters. Its flowers, which sprout from spring to autumn, are simple, oval to lanceolate, white and fragrant.

Resists up to -10ºC.


The Solanum jasminoides is a flower solano or climbing shrub native to South America popularly known as solano, wedding veil, jasmine sandiego, which reaches a height of 5 meters. The leaves are evergreen, dark green, simple and alternate. It blooms in spring and summer, producing flowers clustered in clusters of white and very fragrant.

Resists up to -4ºC. It can partially lose its leaves depending on whether the cold is intense or not, and if it is somewhat protected or on the contrary exposed.

What do you think of these perennial climbing plants? Do you know others?

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