Some plants develop a twining, climbing or crawling habit. They climb by a number of different mechanisms including just wrapping around things, attaching with aerial roots or just being supported by anything nearby.

In the landscape, ornamental vines help to raise the level of the garden up into the air. They can be grown on trellis work, buildings or fences to provide a backdrop for beautiful flowers and foliage.

Here are the common genera of ornamental vines found in home landscapes in the temperate zones of North America: