Outdoor Balcony Climbing Plants
Climbing plants can grow on balconies and have a practical use. Climbing plants serve as a dense privacy and adorn small corners of your balcony. Here are several good balcony climbing plants that homeowners can choose. Twining plants increase height through wrapping around supports. Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) needs heavy pruning to maintain size and shape but rewards its owner with draping panicles of purple flowers in spring. Deciduous foliage is lacy and fernlike. Ornamental grapes such as Vitis californica “Rogers Red” provide fruit and colorful fall foliage. Dutchman’s pipe (Aristolochia durior) creates a dense screen in sun or partial shade with petal-less flowers shaped like a Dutch pipe. They come in purplish and earth tones with mottling or dark veins, creating an unusual floral display in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 8. Sprawling plants reach great lengths but need supports on which to lean for height. Climbing plants like climbing roses fall into this category and are available in many different colors in noisette, boursault, climbing bourbon and climbing tea varieties. The Lady Banks rose (Rosa banksiae) grows up to 30 feet and is available in butter-yellow or white-flowering varieties.
Clinging climbing plants have tendrils or suckerlike structures that attach to supports to grow vertically. Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) is evergreen and can reach heights of 50 feet in full sun to full shade. A vigorous grower, this plant needs regular pruning to control its size. Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) is also a rampant grower. Pinnate leaves provide background for orange-red trumpet-shaped flowers in summer.