19 Best Plants For Growing on Arches in Raised Beds

Raised bed gardening is all the rage! Tying your beds together with stunning, vine-covered arches is an easy way to elevate this extra convenient gardening method. To help you choose the perfect vine for your arches, gardening expert Melissa Strauss has some beautiful plants to help you with your decision.

View of a garden with wooden arches raised beds with various flowers and vegetables climbing vines on the wooden arches.

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Gardening in raised beds has quite a few benefits and not many drawbacks. With extra durable metal beds becoming more popular and available, the permanence of this type of garden justifies some extra planning and elaboration. Adding arches between your raised beds doesn’t only add visual interest to your garden. It also allows you to grow spectacular vining plants to create vertical lines in the garden. 

Choosing the right vines to grow on your raised bed arches depends on your climate and the type of garden you are growing. There are many beautiful ornamental flowering vines that do a wonderful job of pulling together your ornamental raised garden. If you are growing a raised vegetable garden, there are more than a few vining plants that belong there, as well. 

Choosing the right vine for your garden is so easy it’s almost difficult. With so many beautiful vines available, how can you choose just one? I would love to show you some of the beautiful vines that I love to grow and some others that I always admire in the gardens of friends. Here are 19 of my favorite vines that are great for growing on your raised bed arches

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Grapes

The grapevine gracefully climbs along the arches of the trellis, its twisting vines adorned with lush green leaves.
Adorn your garden arch with lush grapevines for beauty and function.
botanical-name botanical name Vitis vinifera
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 3’-9’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-9

Grapevines are wonderful climbing vines that look gorgeous on an arch connecting raised beds. Not only do they have lovely, maple-like foliage, they are functional, too! The type of grape you can grow will depend on your climate. In general, grapevines prefer long growing seasons in warm climates. Zones 7 & 8 have a wide variety available. 

Muscadine grapes are native to the United States and perform well in southern gardens. They are drought tolerant and produce large, sweet fruit that is great for making preserves or table wine. Grapevines can be aggressive, popping up more and more in passing years. This makes them a great plant for raised beds, which makes them easier to control. These are low-maintenance plants that really make a statement when their fruit is ripening. The grapes hang down below the arch beautifully. 

Sweet Peas

Lathyrus odoratus climbs gracefully with tendrils, bearing delicate green leaves and colorful, purple-pink flowers.
Elevate your raised beds with fragrant, elegant sweet peas.
botanical-name botanical name Lathyrus odoratus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-10

Sweet peas work very well in raised beds, and they are fabulous climbers. These Mediterranean natives prefer cool weather, so plant them as early in the spring as possible. They will tolerate a light frost and can even handle a few dips around 20°F (-7°C). In Zone 8, plant these in the fall, and they will have an extra long blooming season.

This flowering vine makes a great addition to the raised bed-cutting garden. Sweet pea flowers grow on long, graceful stems that make a great addition to floral arrangements. These plants have a reputation for their beautiful ruffled blooms that smell amazing. 

Black Eyed Susan Vine

Thunbergia alata features twining vines with ovate leaves and vibrant trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of orange.
Grace your trellis with vibrant blooms resembling Black-eyed Susans.
botanical-name botanical name Thunbergia alata
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 8’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10-11

This sweet little vining plant gets its name from the flowers, which strongly resemble Black-eyed Susans. They come in shades of white, yellow, and orange, all with a distinctive black eye in the center. Plant these in the spring and come summer, they will cover your trellis with lush foliage and tons of pretty blooms. 

This plant is perennial only in Zones 10 and 11, but it grows beautifully as an annual elsewhere. It is drought-tolerant, but I’ve found that it dries too fast in a hanging container. In a raised bed, it works perfectly. Keep it happy, and this plant will bloom right up to your first frost.

Nasturtium

Tropaolum majus showcases trailing vines with rounded leaves and cheerful, spurred flowers in bold shades of red, orange, and yellow.
Enhance gardens with versatile blooms that guard veggies and enrich salads.
botanical-name botanical name Tropaeolum majus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 1’-10’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Nasturtiums work well in the ornamental garden, and they also have a place in the vegetable garden. They repel some of the insects that would like to make a meal of your prized veggies. They are edible, as well! Both the leaves and the beautiful flowers of this plant can be added to salads or used as garnish. They have a fresh and slightly peppery flavor. 

Choose a trailing type if you want them to grow on an arch. Orange is the most common shade, but you’ll find many other colors. You can find varieties with pink, purple, red, and multicolored flowers at most seed retailers. They are only perennial in Zones 10-11, but they do re-seed readily. 

Passion Vine

Passiflora displays vigorous tendrils, palmate leaves, and exotic, edible oval-shaped fruits with bright green skin.
Adorn your arches with vibrant climbers, attracting pollinators and yielding delectable fruit.
botanical-name botanical name Passiflora spp.
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 20’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-11

Whether you call it a passion vine or passion flower, the passion fruit vine is a lovely plant that climbs an arch or trellis excellently. It can grow up to 20 feet long in a single season and produces some of the most striking flowers around. If you want a plant that makes quick work of covering your arches, this is a perfect candidate. 

Passion vine flowers are large and very appealing to pollinators. It is the larval host plant for the Gulf fritillary butterfly, so it is certain to draw that species to your garden. The fruit it produces is small and round. They have a flavor that is often called tart but sweet, and sometimes with a sharpness. They are highly nutritious, as well. 

Clematis

Clematis elegantly twines its leafy vines, showcasing a profusion of showy, star-shaped flowers in pink shades.
Embrace the enduring beauty of clematis, a resilient climber.
botanical-name botanical name Clematis L.
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 6’-18’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 3-9

Clematis is a striking, flowering vine that has excellent cold tolerance. It is perennial in zones 3-9, so you won’t need to replace this pretty plant every year. You will fall in love with the easy way this vine climbs. Even more, you will adore the big, colorful flowers that bloom repeatedly through the summer and sometimes the fall.

This plant flowers best in full sun, but the roots will appreciate another plant overshadowing them. They will be very happy in a bed with other flowering plants around their feet. Use soft twine or strong to train your vine along your arches. Clematis like moisture, so be sure to keep your plant watered, especially in its first year. 

Cucumbers

Cucumbers climb with curling tendrils, featuring broad green leaves and producing yellow flowers and elongated, edible fruits.
Elevate your garden with crisp cucumbers, thriving on arches.
botanical-name botanical name Cucumis sativus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8″-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Who can resist a crunchy, refreshing cucumber, right off the vine? If you are growing a vegetable garden in your raised beds, cukes are the perfect plant to grow on an arch between beds. These veggies like to grow vertically, and they grow quickly, so your arches won’t be bare for long. Gherkins are a tasty type of cucumber that is commonly used to make pickles. They are easy to grow, seedless, and have a sweetness that larger varieties don’t commonly possess. 

Cucumbers love hot weather, and they are big producers with very little care. They like fertilizer, but they won’t hog it all like tomatoes and peppers. Keep the soil moist to keep these plants growing. They look their best when they’re well-hydrated.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes climb with support, bearing serrated leaves and clusters of oval, juicy, red, orange and green fruits.
Enhance raised bed gardens with prolific vining tomatoes on arches.
botanical-name botanical name Solanum lycopersicum
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 1′-10′
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Vining tomatoes are another great option for arches in the raised bed vegetable garden. Many tomato varieties grow on vines that reach up to six feet, and longer. They grow quickly, and they produce beautiful and delicious tomatoes. Make sure to plant your tomatoes in full sun, this is where they will produce the most fruit. 

Tomatoes are heavy feeders, so be sure to give them plenty of fertilizer, or they will steal nutrients from their neighbors. A good, regular regimen of fertilizing will keep everything happy in the presence of tomato neighbors. Most vining tomatoes are indeterminate, which means that they will produce fruit all season. 

Snap Peas

Pisum sativum climbs using curling tendrils, adorned with pinnate leaves and producing pods filled with peas.
Elevate your garden with sweet snap peas on charming vines.
botanical-name botanical name Pisum sativum
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 1′-6’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

While we are on the subject of vegetable vines, snap peas are a great vining veggie for the raised bed garden. Not only are they sweet and delicious, but snap peas have beautiful flowers. As with all members of the pea family, snap peas are nitrogen-fixing. Not only do they go easy on the nutrients, they gather nitrogen and put it back in the soil for next year’s plants. 

For extra beautiful color, consider the ‘Sugar Magnolia’ variety of snap peas. The purple flowers are cheerful and fragrant, and the purple-shelled peas add even more interest. These plants grow on vines that can surpass six feet long. Plant them early in the spring. Peas like cool weather. 

Hyacinth Bean

Lablab purpureus showcases vigorous vines with palmate leaves and clusters of vibrant purple flowers followed by ornamental pods.
Delight in the vigorous beauty of hyacinth bean vines.
botanical-name botanical name Lablab purpureus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 10’-25’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 10-11

Hyacinth bean is one of my favorite climbing vines. Plant these vines once and you will find volunteers every year. They re-seed somewhat aggressively, but it isn’t difficult to slow their spread. This is a very fast growing vine that can reach lengths of 10′-25′ in a single season. 

The vines are attractive, with deep green leaves that have a purple cast. The flowers are very similar to sweet peas in appearance and fragrance. I love adding these to cut flower arrangements. Cutting them in bloom is a great way to slow their spread, as well. After the flowers come bright purple seed pods, which are attractive in their own right. 

Pole Beans

Phaseolus coccineus climbs with tendrils, displaying trifoliate leaves, giving way to slender, edible pods.
Adorn your arches with versatile pole beans for beauty and bounty.
botanical-name botanical name Phaseolus coccineus
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 8’-12’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-11

There are many varieties of pole beans that you can grow on your arches. Some are highly ornamental, like the ‘Scarlet Emperor’ variety. This type has beautiful red flowers that hummingbirds are very attracted to. Others are best known for their tasty beans. Whatever purpose you prefer, there is a pole bean that will grow beautifully in your raised beds. 

Pole beans are perennial in Zones 7-11 but grown as annuals elsewhere. They sprout and grow quickly, covering your arches with leafy, green foliage. Pick them young to eat whole, or allow them to mature for shelling peas. Succession plant for peas all summer long. 

Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminiodes gracefully climbs, featuring glossy green leaves and star-shaped white flowers.
Embrace the enchanting fragrance of jasmine-adorned landscapes.
botanical-name botanical name Trachelospermum jasminoides
sun-requirements sun requirements Partial shade
height height 25’-30’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-10

I’m partial to this one, probably because it’s in full bloom right now where I live. Let me tell you, there is no better smell than a whole town covered in jasmine vines. These perennial vines are evergreen, although in cold weather, they have a tendency to blush. This makes them interesting and beautiful even in wintertime. 

Jasmine likes a lot of sunlight. That’s how you’ll get the most flowers. It’s not a fast grower, taking on about three to six feet per year. It is long-lived, however, and in a few years, you may be thinking about adding a second arch to grow it over. This plant releases its fragrance in the evening and works very well near outdoor living spaces where its perfume can be best enjoyed. 

Malabar Spinach

Malabar Spinach climbs with tender purple vines, showcasing succulent, heart-shaped leaves and inconspicuous flowers.
Elevate your garden with vibrant Malabar spinach on arches.
botanical-name botanical name Basella alba
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 3’-30′
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 9-11

Most types of spinach are cool weather lovers. Malabar likes the heat and is a really beautiful vining plant that looks great on an arch or trellis. Not a true spinach, this plant is still edible, and tasty. It really packs a punch in the nutrient department. Grown as an annual, these vines can reach up to 30 feet tall in a season. 

Malabar spinach comes in two species, one white and one red. The color difference lies in the stems. I’m partial to the red variety, but they are both very attractive with rich, green, glossy leaves. The flavor is slightly peppery with a hint of citrus. The leaves are more tender and mild early in the season but like many garden herbs, turn bitter after the plant flowers. 

Morning Glory

Ipomoea elegantly twines, featuring heart-shaped leaves and trumpet-shaped blue flowers with a contrasting pink and white throat.
Grace your garden with delicate climbers, charming with trumpet-shaped blooms.
botanical-name botanical name Ipomoea spp
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 10’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 2-11

Morning glories make great climbing plants and their flowers are so delicate and lovely. Just keep them away from anything edible, as they are toxic if ingested. These vines, with their trumpet-shaped flowers and heart-shaped leaves, are just so pretty! They bloom early in the morning and close in the heat of the afternoon. 

Plant morning glory seeds in the spring. The vines grow quickly as the temperature rises, and flowers will bloom through summer and into the fall. These plants attract songbirds and butterflies to the garden. In some areas, this plant is on the invasive list. Make sure to check with your local information center before planting. 

Carolina Jessamine

Gelsemium sempervirens climbs with wiry stems, bearing lanceolate leaves and yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers.
Invite sunshine into your garden with this effortlessly charming vine.
botanical-name botanical name Gelsemium sempervirens
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 10′-20’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 6-10

This gorgeous and wonderfully fragrant flowering vine is a must-have for your garden. If you garden in Zones 6-10, this extra low-maintenance vine is going to add so much beauty to your landscape. How low-maintenance is it? I planted one of these against my mailbox a few years ago. I don’t water it. It’s in the shade for nearly the entire day. Every spring it produces wonderful flowers, and I regularly have to tie it back so that it doesn’t drive the mail person bonkers.

In full sun, Carolina jessamine will grow quickly and produce tons of sunshine-yellow flowers. It is cold hardy, only losing some of its leaves during the winter. It’s also exceptionally easy to train. The stems remain soft and pliable, so you don’t have to worry about snapping them while you train them over your arches. 

Crossvine

Bignonia capreolata showcases vigorous vines with compound leaves and clusters of tubular, orange-red flowers.
Create garden drama with vigorous crossvine on sturdy arches.
botanical-name botanical name Bignonia capreolata
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 30’-50’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 5-9

Crossvine is fabulous for strong and sturdy arches. If you are looking for some serious drama in the garden, look no further. This is a substantial plant that grows vigorously and flowers bountifully. That said, it also spreads aggressively, so a raised bed is a great space for it. By containing the roots of your vine, you cut down on a ton of maintenance with this plant. 

Crossvine is great for attracting pollinators to the yard. They are especially attractive to hummingbirds with their brightly colored, tubular flowers. This plant is semi-evergreen in warmer climates. In cooler climates, the leaves typically change color and fall in the winter. This is a statement-making plant that will have everyone asking for cuttings.

Cathedral Bells

Cobaea scandens climbs with twining tendrils, featuring lush green leaves and bell-shaped flowers that turn purple.
Lure native bees with vibrant, cup-shaped blossoms on garden arches.
botanical-name botanical name Cobaea scandens
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 25’-30′
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 1-11

If you love to feed the bees, Cathedral Bells will bring those little garden helpers to the yard. Blue and violet are a bee’s favorite colors. These fast-growing vines produce wonderful, large, cup-shaped flowers. They start out green but quickly darken to shades of violet and blue, depending on the variety. 

In warm climates, this vine is a perennial and can reach lengths up to 70 feet long. As an annual, it stays closer to a more manageable ten feet, the perfect length to grow on those raised bed arches. Pests aren’t interested in this vine, so it’s a great addition to a vegetable garden. Pinch the new stems to encourage branching for lush, dense foliage. 

Mouse Melon

Melothria scabra climbs with tendrils, displaying heart-shaped leaves and producing small, cucumber-like fruits.
Add whimsy to your garden with adorable, mouse-sized fruits.
botanical-name botanical name Melothria scabra
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun
height height 5’-10’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 7-11

I hope you’re ready for one of the cutest vegetables you’ve ever seen. Even the name, Mouse Melon, is adorable. The fruit of this vine is just what it sounds like. It looks like a mouse-sized watermelon. The flavor is similar to that of a cucumber, with a slight tartness that makes them great for pickling. 

Mouse melon vines are long, growing up to ten feet in a season, so they are perfect for garden arches. Their blossoms will draw pollinators to the garden. This vine needs full sun to perform at its best. Pick your fruits while they are small for the best flavor and texture. 

Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens elegantly twines with green foliage and cluster of tubular flowers in shades of red.
Add vibrant coral honeysuckle for charming, hummingbird-attracting blooms.
botanical-name botanical name Lonicera sempervirens
sun-requirements sun requirements Full sun to partial shade
height height 10’-20’
hardiness-zones hardiness zones 4-9

Everyone is familiar with white honeysuckle, but did you know that there are other colors, as well? Coral honeysuckle is a great vining plant that is native to the Southeastern United States. It’s less aggressive than its pale flowered cousin, but no less attractive. Hummingbirds, also, find this plant irresistible. This is one of the plants in my garden that nearly always has tiny, winged visitors. 

Coral honeysuckle is easy to control and won’t pop up all over your yard. The bright coral, tubular flowers bloom in loose clusters. They give way to attractive red berries. The vine is evergreen throughout most of Florida and deciduous farther North. It’s very flexible and easy to train over arches or any other structure. 

Final Thoughts

Vine-covered arches add a ton of personality to your raised bed garden. Whether you are creating a welcoming entryway or a charming walk-through, there are gorgeous vines to add to your garden. Growing them in raised beds makes them manageable and creates a stunning effect on the landscape. 

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