Best Climbers for Pergolas and Arbors II

May 22, 2017



Surely, jasmine is the most intense flower. Its fragrance can be smelt from far-far away. So if you love fragrant plants, grow it. In warm and humid climates jasmine blooms year round. In cooler zones, grow it as annual.













A kiwi vine takes a lot of space to grow that is why it is one of the best pergola plants in our list. In order to get fruits from the kiwi plant, you’ll need to have both male and female plants for pollination.











Morning Glory


A vine that greets the morning sun with its pretty blooms. Morning glory vine is fairly easy to grow and it perks up quickly. A good plant to cover up a pergola that is in a sunny position.











Passion Flower (Passiflora)


Passion flower is a beautiful fast growing, hardy perennial in tropics. The heady fragrance, colorful flowers, and edible fruits make it one of most desirable climbing plant you can have in your garden. You can also grow it on your balcony, rooftop or patio garden. Growing passion flower is easy if you live in the subtropical or tropical climate (Zone 8 – 11). If you live in the temperate region then look for its cold hardy cultivars. In very cool climate you can grow it as annual.





Climbing Rose


Roses are classic. They are the favorite plants of most gardeners as they produce a feeling of being special, tranquility, nostalgia, romance, and happiness. Climbing varieties are perfect to cover a pergola and arches.










Sweet Pea


Don’t grow bush type varieties if you are growing it over the pergola. Plant sweet peas in the sun and in a well-drained soil. Grow sweet peas in warm zones in fall and winter. In temperates plant this fragrant vine in spring or summer.










Tropical Bleeding Heart (Glory Bower)


Exquisite flowers and dark glossy foliage. The tropical bleeding heart vine is native to Western Africa, its flowers resemble the bleeding heart. Both have different requirements and tropical bleeding heart thrives well in heat and warmth (Zones 10 – 11). You can also grow it as a houseplant.









Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)


Due to its showy trumpet-shaped flowers, it is called trumpet vine. Each of trumpet vine flowers can appear in different colors (orange, yellow or red). The flowers attract pollinators: bees, and hummingbirds. This plant looks great on the arches, pergolas, and trellises. It grows best in full sun to part sun.











Lavender blue color of wisteria flowers and the sweet fragrance is fascinating. However, wisteria is an aggressive grower but it takes the time to establish. You can grow wisteria in temperate and subtropical regions (Zones 4 – 9).  If you have a large sturdy pergola grow wisteria on it, you’ll need to prune regularly to control its growth.

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