Fast Growing Climbing Plants for Fences (Australian Guide)

Covering your fences with fast-growing climbing plants is one way to add beauty to your garden. It also allows you to use a vertical growing space so that you can enjoy more greenery and colourful flowers.

There are plenty of climbing plants that you can choose that are fast-growing and will cover an unsightly fence in no time. Here are just a few of my favourites to consider.

Banksia Rose (Rosa banksiae)

Banksia Rose Rosa banksiae | Plant varieties

This type of rose is such a delight when it comes into full bloom in spring with masses of dainty-looking white flowers. I discovered one of these plants doing very poorly in my current front garden under a very large semi-rainforest tree.

As I looked at the poor thing, I decided that it wasn’t going to do anything where it was, so I carefully dug it up and replanted it in a much sunnier spot in my back garden. To my surprise, it wasn’t long before the plant rewarded me with lots of new growth and a wealth of gorgeous blooms.

In fact, the plant doubled in size in just a few months and continues to grow happily in its new position. And, if I remember to deadhead the spent blooms, it will continue to flower right throughout summer.

Bower Vine (Pandorea jasminoides)

Pandorea jasminoides | Plant varieties

If you want a more open-growing vine that has the most striking blooms, you should consider the Pandorea. It’s a native Australian climber and the large trumpet-shaped flowers in a delicate pink colour are sweetly fragranced. 

Be sure to provide a trellis or some other type of structure that the tendrils of the plant can cling to. If you don’t want to attach a trellis to your fence, you can easily just string some lines of thin wire horizontally at regular intervals up your fence.


Climbing Bougainvillea | Plant varieties

The bougainvillea is another amazing flowering climbing plant. These days, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to floral colours. Although, the coloured parts of a bougainvillea are actually bracts and not true flowers. If you look really closely, you’ll see the tiny white and insignificant flowers at the tips of the colourful bracts.

Bougainvilleas are quite aggressive climbers and growers, so you’ll need a strong support to hold them up and it’s a good idea to attach a trellis to the fence so you can tie the long growing stems onto it. Just be careful of the thorns because they contain a sap that can be irritating to the skin.

I know this all too well because I used to propagate them commercially when I lived in Queensland.

False Sarsaparilla (Hardenbergia violacea)

Hardenbergia violacea | Plant varieties

Hardenbergia violacea is another of my favourite climbing plants and I’m fortunate to have one already growing in my current garden. Every winter, I wait eagerly for the bright purple flowers to make an appearance. And, when they do, they never disappoint.

This fast-growing climber puts on an amazing amount of growth during the warmer months of the year and if you attach a trellis or even some chicken wire to the fence, it will climb naturally without you having to do anything.

I collected some seed pods from my plant a couple of years ago to see whether I could create some more plants for the other side of my garden. To my surprise, the seeds germinated really easily without any pre-treatment.

I now have five new plants growing along one of my fence lines and I’m keen to see if they grow and flower true to the form of the plant that I gathered the seeds from.


Jasmine vine | Plant varieties

In my last home, I had a gorgeous jasmine vine growing on the fence just outside my kitchen window. Spring was an absolute delight when the plant burst into flower and the heady scent would fill the house.

Actually, I think the original plant came from my neighbour’s garden but it grew over my fence beautifully. To keep it in shape, I just used to clip it with hedge shears once it finished flowering.

Orange Trumpet Creeper (Pyrostegia venusta)

Orange Trumpet Creeper Pyrostegia venusta | Plant varieties

Another stunningly fast climber is the orange trumpet creeper. It has lovely dark green foliage and masses of bright orange flowers in winter.

This is another climber that will need some sort of climbing frame for the tendrils to cling to so that it can cover your fence in no time.

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

Star Jasmine Trachelospermum jasminoides | Plant varieties

Nothing can prepare you for the sweet heady fragrance that fills the air when you grow a star jasmine on your fence. The pretty white star-shaped flowers have the most delicious scent and the climber will cover your entire fence quickly and easily.

This climber doesn’t mind being clipped regularly to keep it under control but wear good gardening gloves when you do this because the sticky white sap can be irritating to the skin in some people. 

This is also the perfect climber for shady parts of your garden.

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Annette Hird

Annette Hird is a gardening expert with many years of experience in a range of gardening related positions. She has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science in Horticulture and has worked in a variety of production nurseries, primarily as a propagator. She has also been responsible for a large homestead garden that included lawn care, fruit trees, roses and many other ornamental plants. More recently, Annette has concentrated on improving the garden landscape of the homes that she has lived in and focused a lot of energy on growing edible plants as well. She now enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with others by writing articles about all facets of gardening and growing plants.


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