Check out the Best Pergola Plants for your garden and these climbing beauties to the arbors. What’s more! They can also be grown in large containers too.
There are so many climbing plants that can be trained to climb over to get a welcome shade in warm weather. For your help, here we have listed the Best Pergola Plants for your garden.
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Best Pergola Plants
Roses are the favorite plants of most gardeners as they produce a feeling of being special, tranquility, nostalgia, romance, and happiness. Climbing varieties are perfect for covering a pergola and arches.
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Botanical Name: Clematis
Surely, one of the best pergola plants, Clematis is a spectacular vine as it blooms abundantly, flowering usually starts from spring. You can grow it easily and combine it with other plants.
Botanical Name: Lonicera periclymenum
The fragrance of honeysuckle flowers is nostalgic and multiplies when dusk sets. It has more than 180 different species and almost all are creepers. It is a very large vine that grows rapidly – a single honeysuckle plant can cover up a big sturdy pergola easily.
4. Passion Flower
Botanical Name: Passiflora
Passionflower is a fast-growing, hardy perennial in the tropics. The heady fragrance, colorful flowers, and edible fruits make it one of the most desirable climbing plants you can have in your garden.
Botanical Name: Jasminum
The intense fragrance of the flower can be smelt from far-far away. In warm and humid climates jasmine blooms year-round. In cooler zones, grow it as annual.
6. Grape Vine
Botanical Name: Vitis
Truly one of the best climbing plants for pergolas, the grapevine will not only give shade and a warm sitting place but juicy grapefruits too.
Botanical Name: Wisteria sinensis
Wisteria is an aggressive grower, but it takes time to establish. If you have a large, sturdy pergola it’ll look amazing on it. You’ll need to prune regularly to control its growth.
8. Trumpet Vine
Botanical Name: Campsis radicans
Each trumpet vine flower can appear in different colors (orange, yellow, or red). The blooms attract bees and hummingbirds. This plant looks great on the arches, pergolas, and trellises.
Botanical Name: Bignonia
Another beautiful climber, its delicate bell-shaped flowers look great on pergolas. It is a fairly vigorous plant and tolerates mild to moderate frost.
Botanical Name: Hedera
For the arbors, pergolas, and gazebos situated in the shade, ivy is best. It is low maintenance and tolerates the exploits of weather and provides the lush green color.
Botanical Name: Bougainvillea
The climbing varieties of bougainvillea are suitable for the pergolas. This plant loves a sunny position and does not like wet feet. It comes in pink, red, yellow, and purple along with many other shades.
12. Morning Glory
Botanical Name: Ipomoea
Morning glory vine is relatively easy to grow, and it perks up quickly. An excellent plant to cover up a pergola that is in a sunny position.
Botanical Name: Actinidia arguta
A kiwi vine takes a lot of space to grow that is why it is one of the best pergola plants on our list. To get fruits from the kiwi plant, you’ll need to have both male and female plants for pollination.
14. Sweet Pea
Botanical Name: Lathyrus odoratus
Don’t grow bush-type varieties if you are growing it over the pergola. Plant sweet peas in the sun and well-drained soil.
15. Bleeding Heart
Botanical Name: Lamprocapnos
If you’re searching for a climber for shade, bleeding heart is one. Its beautiful heart-shaped flowers look exotic. This plant requires moist soil and a location that receives partial sun.
16. Tropical Bleeding Heart
Botanical Name: Clerodendrum thomsoniae
The tropical bleeding heart vine is native to Western Africa. What makes it perfect for pergolas is its contrasting combination of dark green foliage and white flowers!
17. Butterfly Pea
Botanical Name: Clitoria ternatea
Butterfly pea flowers are the best food source for butterflies. The most attractive thing about this vine is its bright deep blue flowers!
18. Golden Hops
Botanical Name: Humulus lupulus ‘Aureus’
A fast-growing vine that quickly covers up the trellises, pergolas, and arches. Golden hops can grow up to 15-20 feet long without any difficulty.
19. Climbing Hydrangea
Botanical Name: Hydrangea petiolaris
Growing climbing hydrangea vine is rewarding due to its glossy heart-shaped foliage and fragrant white flowers that appear in clusters in spring to summer. It is a slow grower and requires training and pruning.
20. Bower Vine
Botanical Name: Pandorea jasminoides
Native to Australia, this evergreen intertwining vine creates a dense mat of pink-white blooms and green foliage. It does well in full sun or partial shade in alkaline soil.
21. Lavender Trumpet Vine
Botanical Name: Clytostoma callistegioides
Lavender trumpet vine shows off violet or lavender 3-4 inches blooms from March to May. Grow this vine in full to partial sun in fertile soil.