20 Beautiful Flowering Vines for Your Yard

Close up of wisteria plant

Perennials in the flower beds? Check. 

Annuals in ceramic pots? Check. 

A backyard trellis tunnel of white roses, hydrangea climbing up the walls, and wisteria twisting around the pergola? Let’s add flowering vines to the list. 

Climbing vines will grow up almost any structure in the yard, including trellises, fences, gates, and arbors. Their rapid growth and fragrant blooms will create a stunning landscape centerpiece, protective privacy screen, or even a grand entryway.

If you want your landscape to make a showy impression, check out our list of 20 flowering vines for your yard. 

Flower beds and potted plants won’t always do the trick. But a trellis of climbing honeysuckle vine, passion flower, or sweet pea? Now that will make the neighbors wish they had your lawn. 

20 Flowering Vines for Your Yard

1. Clematis

Purple clematis with green foliage
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Clematis are vigorous climbers that will turn any trellis, fence, or arbor into a showpiece. Their star-like blooms offer a range of colors and their roots like a bit of cool shade. 

Bloom time: Between spring and fall. Bloom time varies among species. 
Shade or sun: Most species prefer full sun. Some may tolerate partial shade. 
Color varieties: Blue, pink, purple, white, red, and yellow.
Common names: Most species are known as clematis, but some species are known as old man’s beard, virgin’s bower, leather flower, vase vine, or traveller’s joy. 
Hardiness zones: Ranges between 3 and 9, depending on the species. 
Best time to plant: Fall or early spring. 

2. Climbing hydrangea

Close up of white climbing hydrangea
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You adore your blue and pink hydrangea shrubs, so you are sure to love these climbers as they reach heights up to 50 feet. Make sure your trellis structure has the strength to bear this flowering vine’s weight. 

Bloom time: Late spring and summer. 
Shade or sun: Full sun to part shade. 
Color varieties: White and pink.
Common names: Climbing hydrangea.
Hardiness zones: 5-7. 
Best time to plant: Spring or fall.

3. Trumpet honeysuckle

Close up of coral trumpet honeysuckle
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Trumpet honeysuckle are showy flowers perfect for a spot of color in your landscape. As these vines twist and climb through your fence or trellis structure, they may reach lengths up to 15 feet long. 

Bloom time: Late spring and summer. 
Shade or sun: Prefers full sun but can tolerate some shade.
Color varieties: Blooms are red and yellow. 
Common names: Coral honeysuckle and scarlet honeysuckle.
Hardiness zones: 4-9.
Best time to plant: Spring.

4. Wisteria

Wisteria flowering vines climbing near house
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Wisteria is an overhanging bloomer that will look like a soft blanket over your pergola or other roof structures. Just remember to keep this fast grower under control with regular pruning.

Bloom time: Late spring and early summer
Shade or sun: Full sun. 
Color varieties: White, lavender, lilac, pink, and purple.
Common names: Varieties include Chinese, Japanese, and American wisteria vines. 
Hardiness zones: 4-9, depending on the variety. 
Best time to plant: Spring and fall. 

5. Climbing rose

Climbing roses against brick wall
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And you thought a couple of rose bushes was enough to make your backyard a romantic garden. Nothing’s more enchanting than an entire trellis tunnel of climbing roses. 

Bloom time: Late spring and early summer.
Shade or sun: Prefers full sun but will tolerate light shade. 
Color varieties: Red, white, bright pink, pale pink, yellow-orange, and yellow. 
Common names: Climbing rose.
Hardiness zones: Depending on the variety, 4-9. 
Best time to plant: Early spring. 

6. Passion flower vine

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It may not look like it, but this really is a flower! The passion flower is likely one of the showiest blooms you can grow in the garden, especially as its flowering vines reach heights up to 20 feet tall. 

Bloom time: Summer until fall. 
Shade or sun: Full sun to partial shade. 
Color varieties: Purple, red, orange, pink, blue, and yellow. 
Common names: Passion flower and passion vine. 
Hardiness zones: 5-11.
Best time to plant: Spring. 

7. Sweet pea

Sweet pea is the perfect flowering vine to grow for clusters of cheerful, vibrant color. Their ornamental petals put on a show for a long blooming season and will make a lovely accent to your she shed or cottage garden. 

Bloom time: Bloom time depends on location. If you live in an area with cooler summer temperatures, expect them to bloom in late spring through fall. Gardeners growing sweet pea in warmer regions can expect blooms in winter and early spring. 
Shade or sun: Full sun to partial shade.
Color varieties: Pink, white, purple, peach, red, orange, and blue.
Common names: Sweet pea.
Hardiness zones: 2-11.
Best time to plant: If you’re gardening in a region with cooler summers, plant sweet pea in early spring or begin growing sweet pea indoors four weeks before the last expected spring frost. If you live in a region with hot summers, plant your sweet peas in early fall. 

8. Trumpet vine

Close up of flowering trumpet vine
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If hummingbirds aren’t visiting your gardens, entice them with the trumpet vine’s tubular flowers. Keep in mind that these flowering vines have invasive qualities, making them much more enjoyable when maintained.  

Bloom time: Summer through early fall.
Shade or sun: Prefer full sun but can tolerate some shade. 
Color varieties: Yellow, orange, and red. 
Common names: Trumpet creeper, hummingbird vine, and cow itch vine. 
Hardiness zones:  4-9. 
Best time to plant: Spring or fall. 

9. Morning glory

Close up of morning glory flowering vine
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Morning glory will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden all day long. Morning glory is the common name for over 1,000 flowering plant species. You’re almost guaranteed to find a morning glory type that suits your tastes –– and the pollinators’!

Bloom time: Late summer and fall. 
Shade or sun: Full sun. 
Color varieties: Purple, red, blue, white, bright pink, and light pink. Rare morning glory varieties range between yellow and orange. 
Common names: Morning glory or morning-glory. 
Hardiness zones: 3-10. 
Best time to plant: Late spring or early summer. 

10. Black-eyed Susan vine

The black-eyed Susan vine features five overlapping petals. Sometimes these detailed petals even bloom in mixed colors of pinks, oranges, and yellows, creating a beautiful sunset effect. 

Despite the shared name, the black-eyed Susan vine and black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) are not related.  

Bloom time: Summer to fall. 
Shade or sun: Full sun to partial shade.
Color varieties: Red, yellow, orange, white, and pink.
Common names: Black-eyed Susan vine.
Hardiness zones: 10 and 11.
Best time to plant: Spring. 

11. Mandevilla

Mandevilla’s vibrant flowering vines will go great with your new planter box or container garden. Better yet, mandevilla will double as a houseplant when cold winter arrives. 

Bloom time: Early summer through first fall frost. 
Shade or sun: Full sun to partial shade. 
Color varieties: White, red, pale apricot, and several shades of pink. 
Common names: Rocktrumpet.
Hardiness zones: 9-11. 
Best time to plant: Plant your mandevilla outdoors when warmer temperatures arrive. The daytime temperature shouldn’t  fall below 60 degrees, and nights shouldn’t fall below 50 degrees. 

12. Star jasmine

Close up of white star jasmine flowering vine against dark green foliage
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Decorate your landscape with star jasmine’s small white pinwheels. While star jasmine may take some time to establish, patient gardeners reap the rewards. These fragrant blooms will look stunning along an arched trellis and will even attract helpful bees.  

Bloom time: Spring or early summer.
Shade or sun: Prefers full sun but has a high shade tolerance. 
Color varieties: White.
Common names: Confederate jasmine.
Hardiness zones: 8-11.
Best time to plant: Any time of year. 

13. Bougainvillea

Purple bougainvillea flowering vine climbing up white walls
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You’ll be tempted to pick bougainvillea’s frilly blooms, but watch out for those fingers. This plant has thorny vines and may have you grabbing a Band-Aid instead. 

The bougainvillea vine doesn’t produce the colorful flowers that make bougainvillea so popular. Instead, it blooms tiny white flowers, which appear right in the center of brightly colored leaves called bracts, often mistaken as flowers. 

Bloom time: Spring. 
Shade or sun: Full sun. 
Color varieties: Pink, purple, white, yellow, and orange. 
Common names: Paperflower.
Hardiness zones: 9-11. 
Best time to plant: Spring or early summer. 

14. Moonflower

Close up of white moonflower flowering vine
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The moonflower is a close relative of the sweet potato vine and is in the same family as morning glory. If you’ve been looking for a white, fragrant, night-blooming flower for your moon garden, this may be the one. 

Bloom time: Summer. 
Shade or sun: Full sun. 
Color varieties: White.
Common names: Tropical white morning-glory and moon vine. 
Hardiness zones: 10 and 11.
Best time to plant: Spring. In colder climates, begin growing indoors in late winter. 

15. Sky vine

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Sky vine produces ruffled blossoms with colors mixing between blue and violet, contrasted with yellow throats. In tropical climates, the sky vine will flourish and bloom almost all year round. 

Bloom time: Late summer through fall.
Shade or sun: Full sun to partial shade.
Color varieties: Lavender-blue.
Common names:  Bengal trumpet, Bengal clockvine, blue Thunbergia, blue skyflower, blue trumpet vine, clockvine, skyflower, and skyvine.
Hardiness zones: 8-11. 
Best time to plant: Grow indoors six weeks before the last expected spring frost date. 

16. Cypress vine

Close of red cypress vine flower
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Cypress vine is a member of the morning glory family. It’s bound to attract a few hummingbirds or transform an old fence. It’ll even keep you on your toes –– ignore its maintenance needs for too long, and it may begin growing in garden space you wanted to keep off-limits. 

Bloom time: Summer through fall. 
Shade or sun: Prefers full sun but can tolerate light shade.
Color varieties: Red, pink, and white. 
Common names: Cypressvine morning glory, cardinal vine, cardinal creeper, star glory, and hummingbird vine.
Hardiness zones: 6-11.
Best time to plant: Spring. 

17. Climbing nasturtium 

Orange climbing nasturtium growing up lattice
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For a peppery salad that packs a punch, sprinkle in a few bright nasturtium flowers or leaves. The vibrant petals will bring your green salad (and your food photos for Instagram) to the next level. 

These flowering vines are perfect for first-time gardeners or gardeners who prefer low-maintenance plants. Nasturtium plants prefer neglect and grow better in poor soils without fertilizer. A rich, fertile soil could leave you with minimal blooms. 

Bloom time: Summer through fall.
Shade or sun: Prefers full sun but can tolerate light shade. 
Color varieties: Red, yellow, orange, and white. 
Common names: Climbing nasturtium. 
Hardiness zones:  8-11, depending on the variety. 
Best time to plant: Spring

18. Chocolate vine

Close up of chocolate vine flower
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Chocolate vines can reach up to 30 feet tall and show off purple-chocolate flowers with a rich, vanilla scent. You may even get a whiff of chocolate in there, too.

Bloom time: Spring and summer.
Shade or sun: Prefers partial shade but can tolerate full sun.
Color varieties: Chocolate-purple.
Common names:  five leaf akebia or five leaf chocolate vine.
Hardiness zones: 4-9. 
Best time to plant: Spring.

19. Hyacinth bean

Hyacinth bean features pinkish-purple blossoms and reddish-purple pods. The pods look similar to lima bean pods but are best left for decorative value. You have to cook the beans a certain way if you want them to be safe for eating.  

Bloom time: Summer through fall. 
Shade or sun: Full sun. 
Color varieties: White, purple, and pink. 
Common names: Lablab-bean, bonavist bean or pea, seim bean, dolichos bean, Egyptian kidney bean, bataw, Indian bean, and Australian pea. 
Hardiness zones: 10 and 11.
Best time to plant: Spring, after the threat of frost has passed. 

20. Carolina jessamine

For a flush of sunshine during the chilly months, grow Carolina jessamine along your fence, pergola, or garden gate. We often think flowers only bloom during warm spring and summer, but winter flowers like to make their appearance, too. 

Bloom time: Late winter to early spring. 
Shade or sun: Prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. 
Color varieties: Yellow.
Common names: Yellow jessamine, yellow jasmine, Carolina jasmine, woodbine, evening trumpetflower, poor man’s rope, and gelsemium. 
Hardiness zones: 7-10.
Best time to plant: Late winter.

How to Pick the Right Flowering Vines for Your Yard

Not every flower vine on this list is suitable for your yard, but many likely are.

It’s essential to know your USDA plant hardiness zone so you can best determine which vine of flowers will flourish in your region’s climate. 

Color varieties are also useful to consider, as you’ll want a flowering vine that accentuates the existing landscape. 

Flowering vines are an asset to any landscape. They can give a fresh, colorful look to a rusty garden gate or even cover up the blemish on the side of the house.

Their twisting blossoms and dense cover make for a beautiful display. And with the proper maintenance and care, you’ll get to look forward to these vine flowers year after year. 

When to Call a Professional Landscaper

Sometimes these climbing plants need a bit of training before they can begin twining up their host structure. And a few species will even escape from you and establish as a weed.

To help grow these vines successfully and without any invasive weed worries, call a landscape professional near you

Working with a landscape professional will help ensure proper maintenance is in place, your vines can grow up with ease, and your vines’ seeds are safely planted into the ground. 

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Jane Purnell

Jane Purnell

Jane Purnell is a freelance writer and actor in New York City. She earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia and enjoys a warm cup of French press coffee.