Types of Plants for Arches and Pergolas

Plant an arch, pergola, lattice or trellis with one of these 15 climbing vines.

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Arches & Pergolas © 2000 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Honeysuckle Arch

The fragrance of honeysuckle, particularly heady at dusk, encourages anyone passing through to pause a while to survey the view beyond.

Lilac Solanum

Evergreen in mild areas, the fast-growing Solanum crispum ('Glasnevin') provides a lovely summer display of flowers.

Clematis Archway

Clematis climb using tendrils that twine around posts, or other plants. Here the flowers have climbed above the arch to create a wonderful blanket of color.

Trumpet Vine

From late summer to autumn, the sun-loving deciduous climber Campsis x tagliabuana produces interesting orange-pink trumpet-shaped flowers.

Heavyweight Wisteria

A strong framework, such as that of this solidly built pergola, is needed to support the weight of the elegant, but vigorous, wisteria.

Morning Glory

The twining annual Ipomoea tricolor 'Heavenly Blue' has a superb flower display from summer to autumn.

Golden Hops

A simple arbor is brightened and covered quickly by the fast-growing golden hops (Humulus lupulus 'Aureus').

Clematis

The large, wonderful, velvety purple flowers of this sun-loving clematis 'Jackmanii' appear in summer.

Climbing Hydrangea

Although slow to establish, this shade-tolerant climber becomes vigorous. Its lace-like flower caps appear in summer.

Yellow Variegated Ivy

Like all ivies, 'Goldheart' is shade tolerant. It adds a splash of color to the dullest corners.

White Wisteria

The lovely white Wisteria floribunda ('Alba') flowers in spring. Give it plenty of space, since the plant is extremely vigorous.

Jasmine

The unmistakable scent of their starry flowers makes jasmine a popular choice, particularly for growing on pergolas over seating areas.

Clematis Montana

Also known as grandiflora, Clematis montana is a very vigorous climber that produces an abundance of white flowers in spring.

Clematis Tangutica

Fluffy seedheads follow the yellow autumn flowers of Clematis tangutica and provide a welcome extra dimension late in the season.

Vitis Coignetiae

This vigorous grape is at its most striking in autumn, when the large heart-shaped leaves turn brilliant red.