Building with branches and covering in plants!
My husband and I are going to be building a pergola in this corner of the yard in the next couple weeks hopefully. My friend is going to be delivering the wood on Tuesday. We are using branches from her property. I am very excited about it. My husband is a cabinetmaker and we have poured many a concrete hole, so I am confident we can make it stable. However, I would like to collect advice and inspiration on several aspects of this project. Since this picture was taken, I have hacked the lilac in half as it was very thin and sad looking having lived under an old elm that was just cut down last year. Most the snow has melted, and I finally put away the tomato cages.... anyway.. When I dream of what I want in this corner of the yard it's of a romantic secret garden type of space. I want a rustic pergola covered in flowers with tall plants everywhere, creating a dramatic and kinda private space.
I was wondering if anyone here has built any structures, furniture, trellises or art with logs and branches. I would love to see pictures. And if so, did you put a sealant on it? What kind?
Another big question for me is, what kind of climbers to plant. I have a clematis that is not happy in its present home, I may transplant it. I'm also thinking climbing roses, grapes, moon flowers maybe. I am impatient and want fast growers. You can see the fence/snow/shade line in the picture. The poles I'm putting closest to the fence will probably go right along where the snow is melted. I want to grow something between the fence and the pergola that will climb up between them. So the base of the vine would be in the shade. It would have to climb, but not too far, to get much sun. That might be ok for a clematis right?
What about moon flowers? I have never been able to grow them, I have planted seed a couple times with morning glorys but never had any grow. Lots of morning glorys though. I'm planning to try again. Do they like full sun around Denver area?
Another thing. I was at Home Depot and could not help myself and I bought a white climbing iceberg rose. A moment of weakness. It looked really nice with four green 8 inch "growths"/sticks on it. Let it be known I have never grown roses. I killed one once but I really want a beautiful climber. But how long can I keep it alive in this bag? Should I put it in a pot until I get it in the ground?
I have a big yard that needs lots of work, but has lots of potential! Bring on the advice.... by the way, shouldn't whisperings of the spring swap be on the wind?
One more question. If you were getting ready to jump on a website and order a few perennials where would you order from? I would like somewhere relatively close so they wouldn't have to travel too far. I live way out in Brighton and there is no where close by and I want a good selection.
I tried the photo bucket links for a couple pics, not sure it worked....I'll find out I guess.
This post was edited by catnohat on Wed, Mar 20, 13 at 12:04