The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Somerset, United Kingdom Gb

Can anyone please suggest climbing plants for my pergola? There is no available soil at the sides o the plants would have to grow in large containers~ but what size containers would I need?



Try a tropaelum speieosum (Flame Flower) from thompson and morgan for about a tenner. Lovely climber with loads of red flowers. Put the container, (about 15" should be big enough) in the shade and let it grow through the pergola. Cut it down every autumn A lovely plant

1 Feb, 2010


You could choose climbing roses, clematis or both for your pergola. If you do decide on clematis, make sure it's group 1 or 2 for pruning purposes, or else you have to cut them right down in early spring, which would be difficult if they're scrambling among the roses. You'd need large containers - I'd say half-barrels would be good.

Welcome to GOY, by the way - I live in Somerset, too!

1 Feb, 2010


If you look on Goypeadia under Climbing plants. Clematis, Wisteria even Arches lots of pics to give you an idea of what you would like.

1 Feb, 2010


Thank you all for your suggestions. Someone has given me a packet of Morning Glory Seeds. Would they be happy in a pot?

2 Feb, 2010


Yes, certainly - but they're annuals, so it might be good to plant something permanent as well, for them to clamber up. :-))

2 Feb, 2010


Passion Flower is a good creeping plant, my brother has one on his fence, it blooms very well , if not there are planty of climbing Roses out there nice scented ones would be brilliant.
If you are going for climbing roses try Cants of Colchester who deal with Roses of all variety's

6 Feb, 2010


Thank you for your suggestions Hijuju. They are now on my list for consideration:)

6 Feb, 2010

How do I say thanks?

Answer question

Related photos

  • My back garden today. 29th April. 2010.
  • Under my garden arch
  • The President
  • Scented Lilac under my garden arch ... mingled with Clematis

Related blogs

Related products


Related questions

Not found an answer?