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What To Grow Along a Pergola?

Posted by UncleHippie New York (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 17, 13 at 15:36

Hi all,

A couple weeks ago we bought a house with a wooden pergola on a cement patio. It is painted white and looks very similar to the one in the picture. We were wondering what type of vine, if any we should grow along it?

We really like the look of Japanese Wisteria, but do not know how many plants would be needed. The wooden posts are about 14 feet apart, and we were thinking of getting one plant to grow along each post.

Would Japanese wisteria be a good or poor choice? One side of the pergola is about 5 feet from our house. Would the Japanese Wisteria ruin our foundation, and could it ruin the cement on which the pergola sits? Please let us know if this would be okay or whether there is another vine or plant you would recommend besides Japanese Wisteria. Thank you for your help.


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RE: What To Grow Along a Pergola?

The pergola in the picture does not look like one you would actually plant something on! Where would you plant the vine?! The posts are too far from soil/ a planting bed where you could plant something, so unless you plant annuals in big pots, the structure is a stand-alone thing to provide shade (if necessary you could add shade cloth to the top, or a finer lattice or patterned metal-work to the top to increase the degree of shade...) Is your pergola that far away from a planting bed?

Naver grow a wisteria unless you are fully aware of - and prepared to do - the degree of pruning required to promote maximum flowering and contol of the vines. Is that something you're prepared for?


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RE: What To Grow Along a Pergola?

The cement on which our pergola rests is close to a planting bed at all four corners. I just posted that picture because the structure looks very similar.

After doing more research, we have concluded that wisteria would not work well on our pergola since it is made of wood. We have decided to go with a mix of summer snow and alpina bettina clematis.


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RE: What To Grow Along a Pergola?

Dont want to hijack this thread, but... Later this summer I'm having a Pergola put in and we are making sure there is dirt next to each post. We are looking for vining plants to plant primarily for shade, but fruit and/or flowers are a bonus. I'm definilty going to check out the plants mentioned above. Does anyone have any other suggestions for a vining plant that meets the following criteria?
1) Perenial in Zone 4
2) Provides shade
3) Fruit and/or flowers

The pergola will be wood, and the area receives filtered sun for half the day, and full sun the other half.


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