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Athens, GA
Feb 24, 2018 2:57 PM CST
I am getting married in October at a venue other than my house. I have a pergola/arbor with planters on either side to grow some vines to train up. I am thinking of using sweet autumn clematis for this & am wondering if it will just drape over the top & down the other side as we will have to remove the top of the arbor to transport it to the site. Currently the plan is to transport the two trellises in the back of a pick up truck & reattach top on site so was kind of hoping it might be possible to undrape & redrape the vines. Any advice appreciated - or other vine suggestions. The wedding is in late Oct so want to use something that will look good then, blooming preferred but I know it won't be guaranteed.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Feb 24, 2018 3:14 PM CST

I see a couple problems with your vision: Most vines will grow straight up the sides and sit on top - they want to grow up not over. And, any vine you could use would also twine - there would be no un-draping. I doubt your arbor would hold the weight of any plant anyway (sorry!).

I think you are doomed to disappointment from uncooperative growing plants. There's no guarantee they would grow or bloom on schedule. My suggestion is that you find a couple tall narrow evergreens, place their pots in the planters and fill with moss or whatever to hid the pots. Then, find some gorgeous flowers that do well as cut flowers (orchids and lilies with their stems in little reservoirs would be awesome) and tuck them into the greenery of the trees. If you found some that were tall enough, you could bend them over the top and wire them in place for the big event.

Best of luck!
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Name: Anne
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Feb 24, 2018 3:18 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

Congrats on your upcoming wedding!

Sorry to say, but any vine you plant will twine themselves through the holes and slats in your trellis.
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Name: Sally
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Feb 26, 2018 7:11 AM CST
ditto to Daisy
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