The advantage of creating a pergola in your garden is that it offers a great
position to grow climbing and wall shrubs that naturally benefit from
sunny exposed position.
When planning a pergola you should allow enough space to enable you
to use the area after the plants have established themselves. For example,
growing wisteria on a pergola will effectively lower the height by 100
to 250mm making it important that you allow for this in the design and
With most climbers the key is often in the planting and soil preparation.
Most benefit from the use of organic matter being incorporated into
the planting pit. This can take the form of garden compost, peat, or
mushroom compost for plants that require a slightly alkaline soil.
Some ideal plants for pergolas are :-
Actinidia kolomikta - The most popular species is grown for its
colourful leaves, while others are planted for their floral display or edible
fruit. When using fruiting types, plant both a male and a female specimen.
Akebia quinata - A vigorous twiner which will quite quickly cover a
dead tree or south-facing wall. Loads of small blooms appear in springtime.
Fremontodendron californicum - summer flowering evergreen shrubs
with yellow flowers from July to September.
1. Clematis Armandii - evergreen
clematis white flowers in the summer with glossy leaves all year around.
2. Campsis grandiflora - this self-clinging climber is grown for its trumpet-like
flowers, which are borne in clusters.
3. Wisteria - traditional climbing plant flowers in late spring
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