Climbers that keep their leaves in winter: an evergreen vine selection (with bloomers, too!)

Vine switching colors in fall

Very useful on a deck, balcony or terrace, evergreen climbing vines help create a cocoon of greenery. These also produce abundant flowers! Read on to discover our selection of ornamental evergreen plants.

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‘Freckles’ Clematis

  • Name: Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckels’
  • Evergreen traveller's vine, clematis cirrhosa frecklesOrnamental assets: its cup-shaped flowers are remarkable with their creamy beige hue mottled with violet spots. Petals stand out particularly well against the bright yellow stamens. Foliage is ornate, shiny, semi-evergreen to evergreen depending on the climate.
  • Blooming period: February, March
  • Hardiness: 14°F (-10°C)
  • Exposure: full sun
  • Soil: rich and draining

Star jasmine

  • Name: Trachelospermum jasminoides
  • Flowers of Trachelospermum are fabulousOrnamental value: The oval leaves of star jasmine are a shiny, dark green color. They’re covered with white starry flowers for a long time during the blooming. This abundant bloomer is a beautiful climbing vine that spreads a delicious scent around it.
  • Blooming period: May to September
  • Hardiness: 14°F (-10°C)
  • Exposure: sun, part sun
  • Soil: rich and draining

Ivy

  • Name: Hedera helix
  • Hedera leaves, ivy in common language, provide dense shade but grow slowlyOrnamental value: this famous vine unfurls five-lobed leaves that are more or less variegated and veined, depending on the variety. Ivy is a versatile plant: it’ll settle in perfectly indoors, in a pot, as it will outdoors along a trellis. Its thick, fleshy leaves display a fresh green hue at first, and turn a deeper and deeper green as they grow older.
  • Blooming period: September, October
  • Hardiness: -4°F (-20°C)
  • Exposure: part shade, shade
  • Soil: any type of soil, must drain normally

Climbing hydrangea

  • Name: Hydrangea semanii
  • Hydrangea seemanni evergreen leafageOrnamental assets: this type of climbing hydrangea offers beautiful shiny average green foliage, each leaf is oval and veins are well marked. As is typical of certain types of hydrangea, it grows beautiful creamy-white flower umbels in summer.
  • Blooming period: June to September
  • Hardiness: 14°F (-10°C)
  • Exposure: part shade, shade
  • Soil: deep, rich and cool

Araujua sericifera

  • Name: Araujia sericifera
  • Arzujia flowers are like tiny bellsOrnamental value: its blue-green foliage with silvery undersides is accompanied by charming pink and white flowers. These are bell-shaped and have white petals with pink stripes.
  • Blooming period: August to November
  • Hardiness: 23°F (-5°C)
  • Exposure: full sun
  • Soil: any type of soil

Japanese honeysuckle ‘Sweet Isabel’

  • Name: Lonicera japonica ‘Sweet Isabel’
  • Fragrant and delicate, honeysuckle vines keep their leaves in the wintertimeAppeal: bicolor white and cream-yellow flowers that appeal to all. Its clusters of tubular flowers release divine scents throughout the garden. Compact bearing and dense foliage make it the perfect pick for container growing.
  • Blooming period: June to September
  • Hardiness: -4°F (-20°C)
  • Exposure: part shade
  • Soil: rich and cool

Stauntonia hexaphylla

  • Name: Stauntonia hexaphylla
  • Stauntonia hexaphylla is a rare but noteworthy evergreen vineOrnamental appeal: beautiful leafage forming oval lobes, tender and shiny green. From this mass of foliage, small pinkish-white bell-flowers emerge. Memorable fragrance and quick growth are two advantages of this original vine.
  • Blooming period: April May
  • Hardiness: 14°F (-10°C)
  • Exposure: part shade, shade
  • Soil: acidic and cool

Holboellia latifolia

  • Name: Holboellia latifolia
  • With its thick leaves, Holboellia keeps its leafage during the winter monthsAppeal: this plant bears both male (light green) and female (pastel pink) flowers on the same stems, forming small bells. We find its abundant and lush foliage amazing, oval with a pointed tip, dark green in color.
  • Flowering dates: March and April
  • Hardiness: 14°F (-10°C)
  • Exposure: sun, part sun
  • Soil: fertile and well-draining

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Image credits (edits: Gaspard Lorthiois):
© CC BY: Soon to fall, Ales Kladnik | 
Flower, leaf and stone, Eran Finkle
© CC BY-SA: Pink spots on clematis, Vicky Brock | Haze or Daze, MrClementi | Bells under shade, harum.koh | Leathery leaves, Leonora Enking | Leaves like lances, M. Socorro González Elizondo
Pixabay: Ivy on the wall, Lars Nissen | White, yellow, yellow, Viviane Monconduit