10 Fantastic Pergola Plants You Should Know

Do you have pergolas in your garden’s patio or deck that could use a little natural bedazzling?

If so, here are ten of the most awesome climbers you can deck your pergola out in.



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What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet. Shakespeare put it down perfectly – roses are beautiful in every single way.

As a gardener, you have probably already tried your hand at growing roses. They are among the most unique and romantic plants a garden can have. They bring to mind classical love stories, joy, tragedy, and peace, all in one go.

The special climbing strains of roses are among the best ways to cover your bare pergolas.


Saturday, 23rd, Honeysuckle blooms IMG_3119 Honeysuckle is one of the most fragrant climbing plants you can have on a pergola. The smell of the flowers is made more intense when the sun sets, which makes it a great plant to transition from dawn to dusk with.

There are over 150 species and strains of this plant to choose from. Almost every breed is a creeping variety. Honeysuckle vines grow very fast indeed, and a single plant can easily encompass your pergola in its entirety.


Pergola in Sexby Garden, Peckham Rye Park

This has long been one of the best plants to use in pergolas around the world. Clematis vines are stunning, especially when they bloom. The flowering vine has huge, numerous blooms that smell amazing.

The flowers typically blossom in the springtime and continue for nearly the entire year. Clematis works well on a pergola on its own, but you could also try winding roses into the clematis vines for added romantic effect as well as a more fragrant outdoor space.

Passion Flower

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The passion vine is one of the most incredibly versatile vines you can grow in your garden and on your pergolas.

It is a tropical plant that grows natively in parts of South America, the Caribbean, and South East Asia. Flowers of the passion plant are passionate in coloring, with gorgeous deep colors that are the perfect complement to a glorious sunset.

The flowers are incredibly fragrant too, and they fruit into edible passion fruit that can be used in making juices and smoothies. If you live in a colder part of the country, look for a cultivar that can handle your local climate.



Grape is one of the most obvious choices for a pergola. It has been used as a climbing vine for structures since the days of the Roman Empire. There is nothing like the feeling of relaxing on your patio and eating directly off the walls when you need refreshment.

The grape vine is leafy and shady enough to cover the entire pergola while producing extra warmth. If you’re in a region that isn’t known for growing grapes natively, you should look for locally hardened cultivars that can fruit in the springtime.



The jasmine flower is used around the world to make perfumes, essential oils, and air fresheners. When in bloom, the heady scent of the flowers can make you feel giddy. If you’re a fan of natural scents, you should definitely consider growing jasmine over your own pergolas.

Remember that it is a subtropical plant, so you should only grow it if you have enough warmth and humidity. If you’re a gardener in a temperate region, consider growing jasmine in the summer.

Trumpet Vine


With much fanfare to accompany its arrival, the trumpet vine snags a spot on the ten best pergola plants to grow. As you might expect, it is called the trumpet vine due to the unique shape of its flowers, which look like the opening of a trumpet or a similar brass instrument.

Trumpet vines are truly diverse – their flowers can grow in different colors on the same vine. It looks beautiful, and an added bonus is that insects like bees and birds are attracted to the nectar-filled blooms. Perfect for a pergola owner who wants to get in touch with nature.


Wisteria In The Roman Forum

Wisteria vines are aggressive in growth. They don’t take much time to grow once their roots have set in and the plant has matured. However, caring for a wisteria until it is ready to show its true colors takes a little effort.

The wisteria can be grown in just about any climate. Remember that this vine grows thick and heavy, so ensure that your pergola is sturdy enough to withstand the weight. Pruning the wisteria frequently is a good idea.

The gorgeous lavender-blue blooms that smell like Paradise make all the effort worth it, though.



The crossvine is an insanely gorgeous vine that is a close relative of the trumpet vine. Instead of looking like trumpets, the cross-vine’s flowers look like small bells. They look stunning on pergolas, especially when you wind them across a lattice.

The vines grow quickly and aggressively and can handle the frosts of the early winter and late fall with ease. If you live in a tropical climate, remember to spare it from direct sunlight!


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No list of pergola plants would be complete without the classic – ivy. Ivy is the single best pergola plant in any climate that is shady. You don’t have to do much to maintain it, and it is resistant to nearly all kinds of weather. There are many different strains, all of which look absolutely stunning on pergolas.

These are just ten of the many awesome types of plants you can grow on your pergolas and lattices in your garden. Be sure to explore the rest of the horticultural scene to check out the incredible variety before you make any hasty decisions!

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