Creepers and climbers are a great way to soften your garden fencing with natural foliage. 

If you are going to grow something on your fence, you need to be careful that it isn’t going to cause any damage. 

Take a look at our favourite climbing plants for fences for tips on which plant is right for you. 

The Best Climbing Plants for Fences 

Why do you need to be careful when selecting a climber? 

  • some plants can be unruly and compromise the structure of your fence 
  • some creepers are suited to different climates 
  • some climbing vines are toxic to pets 

The following range of creepers are non invasive climbing plants that will be safe to use on most fences. 

Clematis Vines 

This lovely creeper will sprout purple flowers and they won’t damage what they are growing on. This means the clematis will play well with your fence and other plants. 

The clematis is fast growing and requires 5-6 hours of sunlight per day as well as moisture and good drainage. 

You can find out more about the clematis plant with this fact sheet. 

Sweat Pea 

Also known as Lathyrus Odoratus, this climber is best suited to the Southern Australian climate (but can be grown elsewhere). 

Sweat pea vines are delicate and well suited to all types of fences.

You can find out more about the sweat pea plant with this fact sheet. 


The Jasminum Officinal plant grows fragrant white flowers and green leaves. 

Ideally, jasmine should be trained on a wire fence that can support its fast growth. You will need to prune jasmine regularly to make sure it doesn’t get out of control. 

Chilean jasmine is popular in Australia because it can withstand warm and cool climates. Find out more. 

Guinea Flower 

Also known as Hibbertia Scandens, this vine is non rampant and native to Australia. 

It has bright yellow flowers and thick green leaves. It is suitable in coastal areas and can take full or partial sun. 

Read more about the Guinea Flower. 


The Best Climbing Plants for Wooden Fences 

Wooden fences are more susceptible to rotting, infestation from bugs, cracking, and twisting. So, if you have your heart set on a climbing plant you need to be careful. 

Avoid ‘woody’ vines like wisteria and trumpet vine. The strong ‘woody’ nature of this type of vine can overwhelm the structure of your fence. It will also add extra moisture and attract bugs. 

Try to find an herbaceous vine that will be gentle on your fence. 

Moonflower, sweat pea, and morning glory vines are ok to use on wooden fences but they should be removed after the annual flowering season. 

This will help you preserve the structure of your wooden fence. 


The Worst Climbing Plants for Fences 

Here are the types of plants you should avoid. 

Toxic Plants 

These plants are dangerous when ingested: 

  • Clematis vines
  • Trumpet creeper (Campsis Radicans)
  • Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)
  • Wisteria 
  • Ivy (some varieties of ivy are mildly toxic for cats and dogs)

Vicious Vines

These plants can cause damage to structures that they grow on: 

  • Japanese or Chinese Wisteria 
  • English and common ivy (some other varieties of ivy are safe)
  • Bougainvilleas (will crush a fence if not regularly maintained) 
  • Pink trumpet vine (can force fence panels apart and make fence lean) 

For more information about which creepers will end up ruining your fence, take a look at this Climbers out of Control guide from the Government of Western Australia. 

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We are experts in fence repairs and replacements.

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