Some flowering perennial climbing plants include climbing hydrangea, kiwi vine, trumpet vine, honeysuckle and perennial sweet pea. Some non-flowering perennial climbing plants include English ivy and Boston ivy.
The climbing hydrangea has white flowers that bloom between June and July, which are fragrant and attractive to butterflies. The plant can reach heights up to 50 feet, but pruning in winter helps maintain the plant in smaller spaces. An alternative to this plant is the false hydrangea vine, which looks very similar but has larger flowers.
Kiwi vines not only produce flowers, but also offer fruit. The hardy kiwi is self-fertile, which is convenient for gardeners who only want to have one plant. The tri-color kiwi produces beautiful, fragrant blossoms. Both varieties are suitable for climate zones four through eight.
The trumpet vine offers large orange flowers with trumpet shapes, which are good for attracting both butterflies and hummingbirds. It sends off suckers, so gardeners must be sure to dig up suckers to keep the plant from dominating the garden. Gardeners can also maintain the vine by pruning it regularly in winter or early spring.
The trumpet-shaped blossoms on the honeysuckle are popular with hummingbirds and butterflies. Some varieties also have berries. Gardeners should prune honeysuckle plants in winter to keep vines from becoming overgrown.
Although sweet peas are generally considered an annual plant, some varieties are perennial. These plants do well in hot, dry conditions and can withstand heavy pruning.
English ivy has dark green leaves and does not blossom. It does well in shady conditions and prefers shelter from the wind. In mild climates, it is an evergreen plant.
Boston ivy can grow larger than 50 feet and thrives in a variety of conditions. Its leaves change color in the fall and it produces berries that attract birds.