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Can anyone recommend an idiot-proof (and I do mean idiot-proof) easy to grow flowering climber for a pergola? I've tried Confederate Jasmine (killed by frost) and Delavay honeysuckle (leggy and poor flowers). The site is sunny but the soil is only of average quality I would think.

Comments (5)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    HI Richard, have you considered a climbing rose? I find that, in the last ten years, all honeysuckles grow leggy and flower poorly - so different from years ago when they were tough, reliable and flowered wonderfully. So, on that basis, I wouldn't let the poor performance of a honeysuckle put you off trying a rose.

    I'd suggest either going through a good rose catalogue, or type into your search engine "climbing rose" "repeat flowering" and "xxxx" with xxx being the colour(s) of your choice. Then click on "images" and see if there's something you like.

    If it's a pergola that you walk through/under, go for a thornless or less thorny one, for the obvious reason. Avoid anything labelled "vigorous", as it will take over the pergola and leave you with flowerless growth at lower levels.

    It doesn't matter that the soil is a bit average: you can add a bucketfull of well rotted organic matter (homemade compost, or bought in "farmyard manure") when you plant, and heap what's left on top as a mulch after watering it in. Then just give it a fistfull of rose feed, or fish,blood & bone, or even just good old Gromore, once a month or so.

  2. Grower

    Richard Holland

    Thanks Rachel.

  3. Grower

    Jim Edwards

    And on the opposite side a clematis Armandii, evergreen clematis, likes it's roots shaded so cover with gravel. Water well if planting this time of year.

  4. Grower

    Cancer Research UK Greenwich

    I have a wisteria growing over my pergola, it needs pruning to take off the long leggy shoots and again in winter but it's not too arduous and pretty easy.

    • Climber.
  5. Grower

    Richard Holland

    Thanks both.

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