How To Grow Climbers
Plants scale walls and other structures in a variety of ways.
Without vertical support, climbers continue to grow but spread horizontally, forming a groundcover.
How climbers grow
Twiners like clematis have stem tendrils that coil around anything nearby, including a nail, wire, or neighbouring plant stalk.
Clingers need no support as they develop very strong roots on the stems in contact with a vertical surface, such as ivy on a rough wall.
Winders like honeysuckle coil their stems around garden stakes, trees and other supports in one direction.
Suckers have stem tendrils with sticky pads on the ends that are extremely adhesive and can be difficult to remove.
Ramblers use their thorns to scramble up a support, like roses over an arbour, but need additional tying and training.