What plants to decorate the pergola?

It’s a pergola a true outdoor extension of your home. It is an intermediate space that allows you to create your own space that is open and easily accessible. You will inevitably find a pergola that suits you as there is something for all budgets, depending on the materials and structures chosen. And who says pergola, says climbing plants! Add height to your garden with fragrant, colorful or picturesque plants. To beautify your pergola, here are 5 ideas for plants that you can adopt!

1) Climbing hydrangea for pergolas in the shade

Climbing hydrangea is ideal for shady exposure. If you only have one side of the pergola in the shade, place the hydrangea there. In combination with other plants, it will give an original asymmetrical effect.

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2) A sturdy pergola for climbing fruit trees

As mentioned above, there are many models of pergolas. It depends on your wishes, budget and of course your appearance. For example, Pergolas by Gustave Rideau offer custom design. Another factor to consider is what you want to grow! Indeed, it is possible to grow fruit on a pergola with climbing varieties such as kiwis, chayotes or even vines for delicious grapes. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure that your pergola is strong enough to support the weight of the fruit.

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3) Golden hops

Pergola is almost essential for golden hops. It is a plant of spectacular growth. If you need to quickly cover one of the pergola surfaces like the roof, this is the plant for you. You will not tire of its graphic leaves that turn from green to yellow and then to gold in the summer. They can climb up to 6 m high!

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4) Star Jasmine

Star jasmine is the ideal plant for a pergola with a sweet floral scent. Moreover, the perfume intensifies when the evening comes, enough to spend beautiful summer evenings. Star jasmine is planted in spring, but it is a robust and particularly hardy plant that withstands cold nights.

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5) glycine

Wisteria is also a plant fast growing, enough to quickly cover your pergola. Its beautiful, large clusters of fragrant flowers cascading for a charming bucolic effect. Some vines can reach 20 meters, so you will need to choose a support strong enough to support them. If you like very fragrant varieties, turn to varieties from China.

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