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
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).
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’re looking to add that extra impact to your alfresco area, then patio plants are the ideal go to.
Patio plants can add a whole other dimension to your outdoor space. They can be layered using various heights to fill space or draw your eye to a particular area in your patio. Or, they can create an oasis for you to sit and relax in. And, they can also create a frame to feature a certain area of your alfresco. There are many options to using your patio plants to create impact.
So, what are the best patio plants to use?
Here are four patio plants that we have seen used really effectively.
Ficus are one of the best patio plants out there. They are really well suited to life under a patio or an outdoor room. Ficus are available in a variety of names and are quite hardy. And, they are green all year round and have some stunning leaf colouring.
Ferns are another great patio plant and they come in a huge range of varieties. You can mix and match them to create an area of textural impact. Or choose all the same variety and create a beautiful plump green space full of foliage that has a real wow factor. They are also evergreen, so you have colour all year round.
The humble pineapple
A pineapple is a great plant for your patio as they will grow just about anywhere. They are ridiculously easy to grow and don’t take much care. They have a long thin leaf and will grow in very shallow pots because the pineapple itself grows above the plant. When they start to fruit the flower is spectacular. And you get to see the fruit take shape right before your eyes.
However, pineapples only fruit once in their lifetime before they begin to die. The good news is that they do the produce baby plants from the crown. These baby plants can issue their own fruit.
Bromeliads are a beautifully exotic looking plant, with a gorgeous flower. As a patio plant, bromeliads have a visually stunning impact. They are relatively easy to look after. Like the pineapple, if you harvest the ‘pups’ (small growths produced by the original plant) and place them in pots you don’t have to worry about purchasing new plants when your original Bromeliads start to die off.