The Q&A Archives: Good Pergela Climber

Question: We live in zone 6 and want to plant a good, hardy climber for our new pergela. We want to plant one that we can pretty much just "let go" with minimum pruning and fuss. The pergela is 12' x 12' and gets full sun almost the entire day, from late May to early September. We would also like to know if there's a vine/climber solution that could go into a container as well. Thanks!

Answer: The sweet autumn clematis would look lovely on a pergola and blooms in the fall with fragrant, fresh white blossoms. It will do best in a good rich soil that is moist yet well drained; plant it on the north side, for example, so that its roots are shaded during the day by the pergola. This perennial vine will do best planted in the ground. For containers such as half barrels, you might consider morning glories or moonflower vines or similar annual vines for all season blooms. These will not be large enough to cover your pergola roof, however.

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