Climbing plants are perfect for growing around the patio area. Many patios are up against a wall, perhaps the house, shed or garage, and you can transform these bare stone areas with colourful climbing plants.
Honeysuckle is a popular choice because it's semi-evergreen, making it ideal for year-round colour. It also has delicate flowers and berries, but its most popular feature is the intoxicating fragrance. Look for the variety called Halliana, which has white or lemon-yellow flowers and a strong scent.
Another great garden climber is jasmine (jasminum officinale). It has stunning white flowers and a myrrh scent. Or try pineapple broom (cytisus battandieri) which has lovely tubular clusters of yellow flowers and smells of fresh pineapple.
You can plant climbers up against a wall by taking out a few slabs. Make sure there is plenty of soil for the roots to grow. Climbers are better in the ground than in containers, because they quickly outgrow pots.