Adding climbing plants to garden arches, fences, and pergolas will add wonderful dimension to your landscape and curb appeal at your home. The right choices produce color, exotic fragrances, and dappled shade for seating areas.
The best selections for arches are twining plants, which weave up the posts and span the struts and beams. The best vines for full sun are red or yellow trumpet flowers, Rosa Pink, Purpurea, Lilac, and Alba, Morning Glory.
For shady arches, use Clematis, variegated ivies, Honeysuckle, and evergreens such as Halliana. Pruning is important for fast growers so the foliage doesn’t completely cover the structure, thus occluding it.
Every climbing plant needs some structural help. Plastic or rubber-coated galvanized training wires can be attached to the posts or rafters; tie the stems onto the wires with soft twine, and retie them as they grow.
The plants will weave their way straight up the posts, revealing bare stems near the ground that can be covered by annual climbers. Always plant on the outside of the posts for better sun, ventilation, and ease of watering,
Rosehill Gardens won the KCH&G 2013 award for Best Curb Appeal; designer Gary Lueckenotto added touches like an arched garden gate with trained columnar hornbeam to a South Plaza home.
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