Pat Welsh's Top Plant Recommendation: Favorite Climbers for Southern California.
Blood Red Trumpet Vine - Distictis buccinatoria
Easy to grow, clean, and colorful year-round. Absolutely spectacular in spring after a cold snap in winter.
Flame Vine - Pyrostegia venusta
Easy-to-grow on a fence or a pergola, or covering a tile roof. Provides solid sheets of bright orange bloom all winter long and thrives from the desert to the sea.
Cecille Brunner Climbing Rose - Rosa 'Cecille Brunner, Cl.'
This rose says "I live in Southern California" to me better than any other rose. It's easy to grow and provides a mass of little pink flowers year round but mostly in spring.
Banksiae Rose - Rosa banksiae
This ancient Chinese species rose is one of the best climbers for the Southwest. The biggest rose in the world is a Lady Banks Rose growing in Tombstone Arizona. I love it because it's big and easy, it has no pests and no diseases and it flowers for me continually from February through June. Cut back after bloom, never in winter or you,ll get no flowers.
Cup-of-Gold Vine - Solandra maxima
Year round bloom is a knock out on a big strong pergola. Cut back often to keep it making fresh wood that will bloom. Thrives right on the coast in full sun. One of the most dramatic of all our garden plants
Japanese Wisteria - Wisteria floribunda 'Macrobotris'
It has the longest flowers of any wisteria. So dramatic it will bowl you over every spring. (Read my books for how to prune and train wisterias.)