Boost the appeal of your pergola with climbing plants

Boost the appeal of your pergola with climbing plants

If you are looking to establish a certain kind of character for your garden, consider a pergola with climbing plants.

Pergola designs range from basic, with a clean simple finish, to quite elaborate styles to impressive structures with huge chunky beams and a more solid presence.

Regardless of your preference for your pergola design, you can also enhance its appeal by simply adding climbing plants to complete the overall character you want to achieve in your garden.

How climbing plants boost the appeal of your pergola

A natural canopy

Pergola with climbing plants

Covering your pergola with climbing plants can create a natural canopy, giving the impression that nature has provided a roof above your head. Imagine enjoying lunch with family and friends – lively conversation and laughter – all sitting beneath the greenery of your beautiful pergola.

If you choose a deciduous variety, you can enjoy sunny winter days, relaxing in a comfy outdoor seat in dappled sunlight, enjoying a good book and sipping on a cup of tea (or glass of wine).

Creating colour

Pergola with colourful plants

Most climbing plants produce colourful flowers that, when they bloom, create a spectacular vision of colour. Is there anything lovelier than a pergola covered with beautiful flowers with their intoxicating perfume wafting through a gentle breeze?


There are so many options available when choosing a climbing plant for your pergola. And that means the character of your garden and pergola design is entirely up to you.

Here are four of our favourite climbing plants:


We are all familiar with this one, as it is a very popular climbing plant, used on pergolas all the time. Being a deciduous plant, you have the benefit of sunshine in Winter. And a spectacular canopy and fragrance when it blooms.


Honeysuckle is beautifully fragrant with more than 18 different species and a range of colours. It is hard to go past as a climbing plant.


Bougainvillaea is easy to grow and has over 300 varieties. Also with a variety of colours, it is a natural choice for a climbing plant for your pergola.


Not only does Passionfruit have beautiful flowers, it also provides you with delicious fruit.

If you need help creating your dream pergola, feel free to contact our Alfresco Specialist, Letitia Awdjew.

Design Inspiration March 2019

Design Inspiration March 2019

Sneak Peek

The Ultimate Alfresco Design Inspiration March 2019 is a sneak peek from a photo shoot we recently did with one of our clients. 

We hope these designs inspire you to create your own outdoor space. 


Do you need help designing your alfresco?  

If you live in the Albury Wodonga region and would like to discuss how to design and create a beautiful patio or pergola for your home, contact us today. 

Project of the Month March 2019

Project of the Month March 2019


Our client had an existing under roof alfresco which was too small for their needs. They wanted to expand their space and be able to use it all year around. 



We extended their area seamlessly by using insulated panels to keep their space as comfortable as possible.

The new alfresco was finished off with a fireplace with a slat screen and blinds to keep in the warmth in Winter and the weather and bugs out in Summer.

By also continuing the tiling between the two areas the space not only look integrated but much larger as a result.

Our client could not be happier with the result.

To discuss your patio, pergola or outdoor living area design options, contact Ultimate Alfresco today.

Dream Pergola

Dream Pergola

If you have a garden in your backyard, you’ve probably imagined sitting around, enjoying time with your family and friends, or just relaxing on a beautiful Autumn day enjoying a good book.  

And to make this dream into reality, you need a pergola.

Pergolas are a great solution for areas in your garden. They can provide shade on a sunny day and are also great for creating a beautiful and versatile outdoor space.

So, if you dreaming about adding a pergola to your garden, here are five different types to help you choose your dream pergola.

The LouvreTec Pergola

As official LouvreTec partners, this is one of our favourite options when building pergolas. And we’re sure it will be one of yours too.

A LouvreTec Pergola will offer you a range of different roofing styles for your pergola. LouvreTec also offers fully engineered structural frame systems that are custom designed for your site. A LouvreTec pergola will give you the best of both worlds – offering sun and shade.

The Garden Arbor

garden arbor

A garden arbor can have an operable roof to make it usable in all seasons. Check out our Project of the Month from October 2016 as an example. A garden arbour with operable louvres allows light and breeze control; perfect for our Autumn weather. 

Otherwise, your garden arbor can have a fixed roof that allows sunlight as well as creating shade. 

Pergola with Outdoor Kitchen

If you love entertaining, then having a pergola with an outdoor kitchen would make life very easy for you. For design inspiration for your outdoor kitchen, watch our September 2019 Design Inspiration video.

The Deck Pergola

If you don’t want a covered deck, but still want some shade, adding a pergola over the top of your deck is a great option. Choose a fixed louvre style roof or the more flexible opening roof from LourvreTec

The Stand-alone Pergola

Create an intimate sitting area in the middle of your backyard with a stand-along pergola. You can choose a full-roof option. Or go with a fixed louvre style roof option and plant grapevines, or passionfruit vines to create seasonal shade. This pergola combines the two styles. 

If you are looking for a team to help you create your dream alfresco area, we’re here to help you make your dream pergola a reality. E

Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco – Step 1

Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco – Step 1

So, you have decided it’s time to add a gorgeous outdoor space to your home – your very own alfresco. But what comes next – how do you make it all happen?

For a summary of the Eight Easy Steps to your Ultimate Alfresco, head to The Process page

Here we’ll take you through a bit more detail about Step 1. 

Your Ultimate Alfresco Step 1

Step 1 involves getting a clear idea of what you want and understanding how to maximise your alfresco space. It also involves understanding how you will work with the Alfresco team to make it happen.

You might have a vision of what you would like, but can’t see how it would work. Or you might like different aspects of a variety of designs, but don’t know how to pull it all together.

Having your own personal design consultation starts you on the process of building the ultimate alfresco area for your home.

Step 1 is your Design Consultation Meeting.

In this meeting, we listen to your vision, uncover your entertainment and relaxation needs, and discover your alfresco dreams, and then tailor a design to match.

What does this involve?

You will be taken through a series of questions designed to help you put into words (and then paper) your grand ideas. You will discuss your desired time frame, designs, styles, and budget.

Capturing all these details with you at the beginning helps to avoid any confusion down the track, and you have a clear vision of what is going to happen.

To complete Step 1, a visit to your home will be arranged to look at your available space and current style of your home.

This visit is an important step in developing a clear understanding of what you would like to see and experience in your alfresco area. It helps us understand how we can make your dream alfresco come to life.

If you are looking for a team to help you create your dream alfresco area, we’re here to help you make your outdoor dining and entertainment dreams a reality. E