Annual climbers can quickly cover-up walls and fences and block out neighbours. Standard hedges sometimes take years to grow high, annual climbers are fast growers and cover walls in only one summer. The ultimate in warp-speed gardening, annual climbers shoot up fences and walls like rockets and smothering them in brilliantly-coloured flowers. They're easy to grow from seed – choose from the wide selection at Rushfields – and let you create a new display every year, each one more colourful than the last. Here are our favourites. You can also plant young shoots in the ground, which makes the annual climber grow faster than from seed. Find annual climbers in our plant centre in Poynings.
Vigorous annuals can rapidly transform the garden. Some annual climbers show a curtain of flowers and foliage; these climbers are perfect for brightening up your bare garden. Fast-growing climbers make surfaces look softer, disguises structures and surround windows in no-time. Change the view in your garden each year with annual climbers. These fast-growing garden plants show fashionable colours from the latest trends. Yearly climbers are ideal for rambling and trailing over fences, trellis, arches and pergolas. Our favourite fast-growing annuals are:
- Lablab purpureus (hyacinth bean)
- Lathyrus odoratus (sweet peas)
- Ipomoea purpurea (morning glory)
- Rhodochiton atrosanguineus (purple bell)
All these sorts are available in our plant centre in Poynings. For more annual climbers and our complete assortment, we invite you to come to Rushfields. We'd love to show you all of our yearly climbers.
Popular annual climbers
- Spanish flag (Ipomoea lobata): this exotic flower shows the colours of the Spanish flag and is candy to the eye. The flowers blend from deeply-red to orange, yellow and end with white. This annual climbers are on fire and will definitely light your garden. The Spanish flag, with its brilliantly tropical-looking, is relative of morning glory, but with pennants of tubular flowers in flaming shades.
- Black-eyed Susan (Thunbergia alata): these charming star-shaped flowers are fast climbers and easily cover pergolas. The black-eyed Susan, with masses of simple, open flowers are available in all sorts of colours. From brick red to bright orange, all with a perky black eye.
- Cup and saucer vine (Cobaea scandens): try out these large inky purple flowers like bells. You won't believe these plants grow from seeds in only one year. Adore the lovely flowers with its funky shape and sparkling colour. With a frill of green behind are held on stems long enough to cut for flower arranging.