Ground cover zone 5

  • Bougainvillea – Bougainvillea spp.
  • Stephanotis or Madagascar Jasmine – Stephanotis floribunda
  • Orange Trumpet Creeper – Pyrostegia venusta
  • Bower Vine – Pandorea jasminoides
  • Star Jasmine – Trachelospermum jasminoides
  • Chinese wisteria – Wisteria sinensis
  • Hardenbergia or Coral Pea – Hardenbergia violacea
  • Ornamental Grape – Vitis vinifera
  • Clematis – Clematis montana

Climbing plants are among the most useful plants in the garden.

Deciduous climbers are great for growing over pergolas to create summer shade but allow the winter sun through. Evergreen climbers are great for growing over a fence, providing privacy or for covering an old shed or building. Climbers add lushness to the garden and can even be grown as ground covers.

Climbers suitable for middle to northern Australia

Bougainvilleas (Bougainvillea spp.)

Bougainvilleas come in a range of colours with brightly coloured bracts in shades of red, purple, pink apricot, orange and cream. These fast growing climbers can be thorny but are easy to grow in warmer tropical to subtropical zones and will hide low fences, pergolas or walls that they grow over. They can also be grown as small shrubs in full sun or in a pot.

Golden Trumpet Vine (Allamanda cathartica)

Clear buttercup yellow flowers with orange stripes in the throat through spring to autumn. A vigorous evergreen twining vine that would grow as far south as Coffs Harbour on the east coast or Perth on the west coast. Grow in a sheltered warm position and water generously. Will need some support and early training.

Stephanotis or Madagascar Jasmine (Stephanotis floribunda)

A small perfumed climber with white flowers often used in bridal bouquets. The flowers are pointed when in bud but star-shaped when open. Grows in warmer zones by the water and thrives in the tropics. It likes a sheltered position in full to partial sun and well-drained soil.

Orange Trumpet Creeper (Pyrostegia venusta)

Orange flowering climber that will grow as far south as Sydney or Perth. A vigorous, mostly evergreen climber with tendrils that flowers through winter and spring. Grows in full sun in well-drained soil but can become rampant so needs space to sprawl.

Climbers suitable for middle to southern Australia

Bower Vine (Pandorea jasminoides)

A native vine that comes in a few forms including ‘Lady Di’ which is white or ‘Southern Belle’ that is pale pink with a deep pink throat. Flowers for most of the year and grows with medium vigour. Likes full sun to dappled shade in well-drained soils.

Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

This is not a true jasmine so will not strangle other plants but has white perfumed flowers. Can be grown in a pot or the ground and grows with medium vigour but can be slow growing in the early years. An evergreen vine with thick glossy leaves that likes sun to semi-shade and grows in all but the coldest zones of Australia.

White Potato Creeper (Solanum jasminoides)

White flowering climber that grows with medium to high vigour in most areas of Australia except for the coldest zones. A light evergreen twining habit which is hardy and fast growing, likes full sun, plenty of moisture but a well-drained soil.

Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis and Wisteria floribunda)

There are several forms of wisteria including a white form, ‘Alba’. They also flower in pink and purple and have a delicious perfume. A deciduous climber that will grow over pergolas for summer shade and winter sun or can be trained to grow as a standard or over a fence. Likes a sheltered position in full sun and will grow in most of Australia except the tropical north.

Guinea Flower (Hibbertia scandens)

A native climber that has large, bright yellow flowers (7.5cm (3″) in diameter) and thick leathery evergreen foliage. Can be used as a ground cover or grown over a fence but does not become rampant. Will take full coastal exposure and will grow in full sun to partial shade.

Hardenbergia or Coral Pea (Hardenbergia violacea)

A popular long flowering native climber that has many forms that are all pretty. The most popular form is ‘Happy Wanderer’ which flowers purple, but there are other forms that are white suffused with a reddish purple or pink. It is a vigorous evergreen climber that can also be grown as a ground cover in full sun to dappled shade and well-drained soil.

Ornamental Grape (Vitis vinifera)

A vigorous deciduous climber that provides summer shade and winter sun when grown over a pergola. It has brilliant orange, red, burgundy and yellow autumn foliage but does not produce fruit. Likes a position in full sun and well-drained soil. It can be attacked by caterpillars and suffers from powdery mildew in humid climates

Climbers suitable for cooler, mountainous zones

Chilean Bellflower (Lapageria rosea)

A climber for the very cold areas of Australia that has large red, pink or white waxy, bell-shaped flowers. An evergreen twining climber that grows in shade to partial shade, in a sheltered position. Can be difficult to find and is attractive to snails.

Clematis (Clematis montana)

A deciduous climber with tendrils and an open habit that is best suited to the cooler, mountainous zones. Flowers are soft pink or white and like a sheltered spot in full sun with roots in cool and well-mulched soil.

Further information

Climbers are available from nurseries throughout Australia. Talk to your local nursery about climbers that are best suited to your garden before purchasing.

If you’ve got a wall or fence that needs covering, lush greenery and fragrant flowers are the perfect options. Enjoy more privacy and a beautiful outlook, transforming your home or garden into something extra special with a few simple steps. Here are our top five climbing plants to get you started.

Boston Ivy

Boston Ivy is a beautiful climber that’s perfect for covering large walls as it attaches itself to surfaces with its tendrils which have small suction type disks on the underside. Throughout the seasons, its leaves will shift through autumnal shades of red, orange and yellow, especially if planted in full sun. The amazing colours are what make this climber especially wonderful.


There are many types of Jasmine that are perfect for covering a fence or wall. The Common Jasmine Jasminum officinale produces a mass of white fragrant flowers with a blush of pink. This plant will grow like crazy so be prepared to prune it back every year to keep it under control. The beautiful, Chinese Star Jasmine, which produces a small white flower with a beautiful scent against its bright green vine and leaves is perfect for shady parts of the garden and creates a beautiful green wall when given a structure to twine around. It will also grow in full sun.


This Australian native is also known as the Purple Coral Pea. It’s a lovely evergreen climber that produces pea flowers in purple, pink or white and does well in sunny or partially shaded areas. The most common is the Happy Wanderer which is fast growing, easy to maintain and produces gorgeous dark purple flowers.


Wisteria offers the most beautiful scent – it embodies spring with its divine lilac flowers and heavenly fragrance. It’s a popular choice to cover pergolas, archways or verandahs due to its draping flowers. Wisteria also features a thick and hardy vine and enjoys full sun, especially during winter.

Passionfruit Vine

If you have a strong trellis in full sun that needs something to brighten it up, a passionfruit vine is one of our favourite go-to’s. There are many different varieties of passionfruit, but the most common in Victoria is the Ned Kelly which produces beautiful fruit with a dark purple black skin along a strong evergreen vine with lots of tendrils. Passionfruit vines usually fruit about 18 months after planting and need to be planted away from trees or competitive roots. They’re a great option if you want to involve kids in the process – your little ones will love picking the fruit and watching the beautiful flowers emerge.

Before you decide

Some climbing plants are known for being aggressive towards other plants, so always check the nature of the climber. Get clear on whether you need a plant that provides full coverage all year round as some will become bare during winter, and always consider where your fence or wall is located in terms of exposure to sunlight. Take note before choosing so you can make sure you’re selecting the perfect plant to suit your needs.

And as always, if you’d like some advice and assistance, don’t hesitate to visit us at the nursery. We’d love to help you choose the climbing plant that’s perfect for you.

Add a vertical touch in your container garden by growing climbing plants for containers. Must see these 24 best vines for pots.

The climbing plants in pots can bring a real touch of nature to any place, and they are a good way to add some privacy, too. These plants will create a nest of greenery where you can relax and rejuvenate and harbor in the mild soothing fragrance and lively colors.

1. Ivy

Ivy is one of the best climbers for containers. Its ability to adapt to all types of position makes it an excellent choice for beginners. It can grow up to 80 feet high, and its evergreen foliage remains green even in winters. Plant it in a container that is wide and shallow rather than narrow and deep.

2. Morning Glory

Morning glories are a good option and one of the best creepers or vines for containers. This old-fashioned plant is easy to grow.

3. Clematis

Clematis is the perfect plant to add vertical height and interest to any container garden. Plant clematis in a large container. Fertilize this plant regularly and make sure to always water it thoroughly and deeply.

4. Virginia Creeper

Virginia Creeper’s foliage turn into a beautiful red in the autumn. You can also grow it in a pot, even on a balcony. It improves privacy! To grow this, find a really big container and provide sturdy support of a trellis.

5. Climbing Hydrangea

Climbing hydrangea is a great option, if you live under the USDA Zones 5-8 and have a lot of room as this vine can grow up to 70 feet long. It is shade tolerant and thrives best in semi-shaded positions. This plant needs a large pot of about of the size of the half of a whiskey barrel.

6. Trumpet vine

This big (up to 40 ft.) and a fast growing vine is considered as a weed in some parts due to its invasiveness. Despite the fact, this plant is famous for its trumpet-shaped flowers that come in shades of yellow to red and attract hummingbirds. Trumpet vine is more suitable for warm temperates, still it can acclimatize and grow in cooler regions if the protection from cold is provided in winter.

7. Bougainvillea

The bougainvillea is not a vine but a climbing shrub, it is easy to grow, colorful and controllable. You can grow it to give a tropical touch to your container garden. As bougainvillea is a tropical plant, the protection in winter is required in temperate zones.

8. Honeysuckle

There are about 180 different varieties of honeysuckle available as vines and creepers and can be grown diversely in a variety of climates (USDA Zones 3-11). Most of the honeysuckle varieties are evergreen in warmer climates. When growing honeysuckle, place the plant in full sun and do a regular watering. Occasional feeding with balanced fertilizer is enough.

9. Wisteria

Wisteria is one the most popular vines and it grows best in moderately cool climate. It can become huge, however, by providing solid support to the wisteria vine and some space you can grow it in a container, too. Also, it is required that you transplant this plant time to time into one size bigger pot. You can learn how to grow wisteria in a pot here.

10. Common Jasmine

Truly the most fragrant flower. Even its heady fragrance is sometimes too much for some people. The Jasminum Officinalis is easy to grow in containers and requires well-draining soil and warmth (hardy in USDA Zones 8-11) to thrive. The plant usually blooms in summer but in tropics, jasmines are evergreen and in flower most of the year.

11. Confederate Jasmine

Confederate jasmine is a robust plant. It has moderate watering needs and doesn’t mind the hot and humid weather. Similar to other jasmines, it also likes warm climate and exposure to the sun. The beautiful star-shaped flowers appear in clusters. This vine is suitable for containers as it only grows up to 20 ft. long.

12. Climbing Rose

Climbing roses bloom prolifically, many varieties have a pleasant rosy scent. Consider the overall mature size of the variety that you are going to grow and the time you can devote to it, as roses require care and maintenance. Prune the plant on time and regularly remove the faded flowers to keep it in an attractive appearance.

Also Read: How to Make a Container Rose Garden

13. Mandevilla

Mandevilla is an eye catcher. With proper care and an optimal location to enjoy the graceful, funnel-shaped flowers of this plant appear all summer. However, Mandevilla requires warm climate to thrive but you can still grow it as an annual in cooler zones.

14. Cup and Saucer Vine

Cup and saucer vine is a fast growing abundant flowering plant that is native to Mexico. It blooms prolifically but to do this the plant needs an optimal bright location. In temperates, you can grow it either as an annual or protect the plant from winter by keeping it indoors.

15. Passion Flower

One of the most beautiful privacy protection plant for a container garden. If you prefer an exotic flair and extraordinary flowers, the passion flower is a right choice for you. It is important that you provide it sufficient sun. The passion flower is slightly frost resistant, but it should spend its time in a favorable spot in the winters.

16. Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susan is a perennial vine that requires a sunny place and a trellis to climb on. This period flowering climbing plant can reach a height of over two meters with good care! Thus, the Black-eyed Susan is ideal if you want color and privacy in your container garden.

17. Dutchman’s Pipe

If you are looking for an unusual plant for your container garden, plant the dutchman’s pipe. The lush, large and heart-shaped foliage also provide interest apart from flowers that have a mildly unpleasant odor. Growing this unique plant as a perennial is only possible in warm subtropical or tropical climates. Everywhere else (as the plant is not frost tolerant) it must be grown in a greenhouse or indoors.

18. Butterfly Pea

Butterfly pea is a tropical vine and grows best in USDA Zones 10 and 11. In a cold temperate zone, grow this perennial as an annual. Plant it in a medium to a large sized container with a trellis to climb on from the initial stage.

19. Moonflower

Moonflower is a fantastic night blooming plant with large trumpet-shaped fragrant flowers. Place the pot near your patio or bedroom window to enjoy its fragrance in the night but make sure the place receives morning sun and light afternoon shade. Deadhead or remove the spent blooms to encourage more flowers.

20. Asarina Scandens

Asarina, which is also known as climbing snapdragon is perfect for growing in containers as it seldom exceeds the height of 8-10 feet. Many hybrid cultivars are available in the shade of different colors. You can also use this vine in hanging baskets or as a groundcover. Asarina is more a warm climate plant and often grown as an annual in temperates.

21. Canary Creeper

Let this annual vine ramble up on a trellis, and it will award you with its showy yellow flowers that look unmatchable. The canary creeper has long blooming period from summer to fall and even more in warm subtropical regions where it is perennial (USDA Zone 9 and higher).

22. Sweet Pea

Grow sweet peas in warm zones in fall and winter. In temperates, plant this fragrant vine in spring or summer. When growing in containers choose bush type varieties.

23. Sweet Autumn Clematis

Sweet autumn clematis vine forms masses of amazingly fragrant flowers from late summer to fall (autumn). You can grow this vine diversely in both the cold and warm climates (USDA Zones 4-9). Also, in subtropical and tropical climates if shade from afternoon sun is provided.

24. Snail Vine

This beautiful tropical vine has rare snail-like fragrant flowers that are white in the beginning and later unfurl to lavender pink. However, it’s easy to grow snail vine in non-tropical zones, but the plant dies in winter and returns again in the spring.

Hardy Ground Cover Plants – Planting Ground Covers In Zone 5

Zone 5 can be a tough planting zone for many plants. The temperatures can dip below -20 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 C.), a temperature to which many plants can’t adapt. Zone 5 ground cover plants are a great way to keep soil warm around the roots of other plants. Planting ground covers in zone 5 also helps conserve moisture in summer, reduce weeds and add seamless beauty in broad colorful swathes across the landscape. Read on for some hardy ground cover options for your northern garden.

Hardy Ground Cover Plants

Ground cover choices must take into account the site drainage, exposure, soil type and, of course, the USDA hardiness zone. Other options such as deciduous vs. evergreen, woody vs. herbaceous, and flowering or fruiting are also part of the equation as you assess your ground cover choices. Finding the perfect ground cover for zone 5 must take all these into consideration while providing outstanding cold hardiness. Luckily, there are a host of wonderful plants that can provide varying functions and eye appeal that thrive in chilly winter climates.

In zone 5, hardy ground cover plants undergo punishing winters with not only cold temperatures, but often high damaging winds and brutally hot summers. These extremes require only the toughest plants in order to survive. Evergreen plants offer year-round color and texture. Some of the low growing conifers are perfect as ground covers. For example:

  • Many of the juniper species are hardy to zone 3 and grow just 6 to 12 inches off the ground with a spreading habit.
  • Kinnikinick, or bearberry, is a wonderful ground cover for zone 5, with attractive berries that attract birds and foliage that tends to get a reddish purple tinge at the edges as fall enters.
  • Creeping cotoneaster produces bright red berries, delicate glossy foliage and a low profile.
  • Another evergreen spreading plant is wintercreeper (Euonymus fortune), which comes in several colors.

Each of these is also low maintenance and easy to care for once established.

If you want rich jewel tones and springtime glory spread across the landscape, there are even more zone 5 ground cover plants.

  • Blue star creeper is practically indestructible. You can even walk on this plant with no damage, making it great as a lawn substitute. It produces sweet little starry flowers all through spring.
  • Try growing herbs, like creeping thyme, or succulents, such as sedum or hens and chicks, that will add interest to the garden.
  • Ice plant lives up to its name by surviving into zone 3 and putting on a color show of the most vibrant pink flowers.

Additional ground covers that will all keep the colors coming from spring through summer include:

  • Ajuga
  • Vinca
  • Basket of Gold
  • Aubretia
  • Winecups
  • Snow in Summer
  • Sweet Woodruff
  • Deadnettle
  • Creeping Jenny

Planting Ground Covers in Zone 5 Shade

Add extreme winters to a shady location, and you have a problem area. It can be difficult to find shade loving plants in warmer regions but the special challenges of a zone 5 location make the task especially difficult. Fortunately, there are some heroes among plants that will thrive in low light locations of zone 5.

Pachysandrais a really outstanding plant with delicate leaves and a flair for flourishing in shade. Lady’s mantle forms dense mats over time and has elegant foliage.

Many grass-like and ferny plants are useful in full shade locations. Black mondo grass and liriopeproduce blade-like foliage and have ease of care. Brass buttons and corydalishave fern-like foliage in hues of bronze, green and eggplant. Japanese painted ferns have numerous colors in the leaves and airy foliage.

Other alternatives for shade areas might be creeping dogwood or wintercreeper. Each has a different season of interest all year around.

Zone 5 options abound for ground covers. All you have to do is look and plan ahead for a blanket of texture, greenery, fruit, flowers and color.

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