If you’ve got a sunny wall to plant on then a few of my favourites are jasminum officinale, rose, and wisteria. Jasmine and rose can be great to fill your garden with fragrance and wisteria is beautiful to look at. For something really unique, abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’ is stunning, but it’s not as hardy as other climbing species. So only go for this if you live in one of the milder areas of the UK. Campsis radicans, the trumpet vine, is a very popular creeping plant. It requires full sun, and looks gorgeous.
Slightly shaded areas
For spots that don’t get much sun you could go with clematis, honeysuckle, ivy, or pyracantha ‘firethorn’. Clematis require very little pruning, ivy needs no support, honeysuckle is beautifully fragrant, and the pyracantha is bold but will stay small and manageable. Garrya elliptica is another favourite – a stunning and unusual wall shrub that is very shade tolerant.
There are so many great climbers to choose from. Talk to someone at your local garden centre about what would suit your particular spot and circumstances. Climbers take a little work to get established, but they pay you back dividends in style and character.