Filling an arch or trellis with new plant growth is always a task that needs a lot of attention at the start and careful care for the duration of its life. As soon as you choose an herb that you want to see growing over an arch in a garden, or up a trellis placed near a wall, you need to ensure that it can survive in the spot chosen for it. Those first couple tendrils and shoots are important, but once they grab onto your structure you will be amazed at how fast these climbing herbs can fill in all the space available to them.
Enjoy the sight and smell of a growing structure in your garden this summer with these
4 Climbing Herbs
Jasmine is an evergreen herb that can be expected to return year after year, when its stems are protected for the long winter. The waxy leaves are a deep green and bloom with tiny white flowers that are very fragrant and cover the length of the vine. Jasmine is a slow grower so don’t expect it to cover a tall trellis or make its way over the top of an arch in the first summer.
The hop plant is grown for its lush green foliage and ability to cover huge arches in one season. Even though this is a green option, there is some interest to this plant in the form of “floral pearls” along that are strung along the vines. If you want to add a trellis to a mature garden and want it covered quickly, the hop plant is the best option.
Passion Flower Vine
The exotic looking Passion Vine is a great choice for gardeners that want something that is close in appearance to popular clematis vines. Used in teas and spice packets, the Passion Flower Vine produces delicate looking purple flowers that have dozens of flower parts. Gardens in southern climates can grow this vine as a perennial, but gardens north of zone 7 will need to replant each year.
Companion Herb Plants
To fill in the space near the bottom of climbing herbs, try planting any one of a variety of companion herb plants. Lemon verbena, lemon balm and lavender are all great companion plants because they are very fragrant without the need to brushed against or crushed. Each one is also an upright, bushy grower so they hold their shape well and won’t need much care to keep in check.