Good Outdoor Climbing Plants For Courtyards
Climbing plants are versatile plants that can often serve the same purpose as shrubs, while using less space. When it comes to use climbing plants in the courtyards, there are several choices that homeowners can choose. Here are some of them. Sunny sites provide little cooling shade and must tolerate heat buildup. Blue passion flowers (Passiflora caerulea) grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 9 with 3- to 4-inch-wide flowers throughout the summer on fast-growing 10- to 15-foot-long stems. The blossoms are made up of white outer petals and narrow blue inner petals with rings of white and purple around the center. The blossoms are followed by oval orange-yellow edible fruit. American wisteria (Wisteria frutescens), a North American native, produces clusters of pale lilac flowers during the summer in USDA zones 6 through 9. The fast-growing woody stems reach more than 30 feet and the plant works well for south-facing walls.
Shade-loving climbing plants burn and wither when exposed to too much direct sunlight. These plants need the coolness of shade to survive and grow well on north-facing courtyard walls. Red Wall Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia “Troki”) grows best in USDA zones 3 through 8 using tendrils to climb up the wall and reaching 30 feet tall. This deciduous vine produces dark green leaves, which turn fire-engine red in the fall, along with small clusters of blue berries.