Vine covered trellis and pergola Zone 6
This is only our second spring in our new home and I am trying to get the hang of some of the plantings. We have a gardener who comes regularly and has been with the property 15+ years, so of course that helps a lot.
One of my favorite features is our large pergola over a stone terrace and a trellised walkway. I was so distraught when, during construction, some GC's dog dug up several of the vines. I was under the impression that it was a multi year process to get the vines to cover over the pergola and trellis.
This spring our gardener cut off the tops of all of the vines, in order to power wash the white wooden structures, which have started to turn green from mold. I was so crushed! I love these vines, even dead in winter, they are so lovely.
Apparently they are clematis, and he says he usually cuts them this far back every year, but didn't last year because we hadn't moved in yet.
Is this the type of vine you would use? How do you balance wanting vine growht with preserving the structure?