Indoor Trellis Plants

Climbing houseplants provide a green, natural ambiance to the indoor environment, with leafy vines trained to wander gracefully over a trellis. Vining plants are especially good for small spaces, as the plants are trained to grow up rather than out. As an added benefit, most vining plants are low-maintenance plants that will grow without a lot of extra attention.

Grape Ivy

Grape ivy (Cissus rhombifolia) is a climbing plant named for the tendrils that curl around a trellis like a grapevine. The attractive leaves are green and glossy, and the stems are covered with fuzzy, brownish hairs. Place grape ivy on a trellis in moderate sunlight. Water the plant deeply and allow excess water to drain through the bottom of the pot. Allow the soil to dry slightly before watering again.


Philodendron (Philodendron scandens), with its big, shiny, heart-shaped-leaves, is easy to get along with, making it a popular and easily recognizable climbing houseplant. Philodendron will thrive in low light and will continue to grow happily over a trellis even if the plant is occasionally neglected. The soil should be kept evenly moist, but should never become soggy.

Star Jasmine

Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), also known as confederate jasmine, will twine around a small trellis, and will produce masses of sweet-scented white flowers during the spring and summer months. The lustrous green leaves make star jasmine a stunner even when the plant isn't blooming. Star jasmine should be placed in indirect sunlight. The soil should be kept damp, but never soggy.


Hoya (Hoya carnosa) is a sturdy, nearly indestructible indoor plant that will thrive in bright sunlight. Although hoya will grow in a hanging basket, the plant will do best when trained to climb up a trellis. The leaves of the hoya are thick and shiny, thus the plant's moniker, "wax plant." Clusters of pinkish, star-shaped blooms will adorn the plant for much of the year. Allow the soil to dry between waterings, then water deeply and allow the water to drain freely through the bottom of the container.

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