If you're looking for a great way to jazz up your backyard garden and provide a comfortable, shaded seating area for your patio or deck, installing a pergola and choosing climbing vines and rose plants to adorn it could be right up your alley. That way, you and your family members and guests will be able to enjoy the sights and scents of summer flowers in a relaxing atmosphere. Here's how to get the project started.
Picking the Perfect Spot
According to The Family Handyman Magazine, pergolas are typically meant to stand independent of your house. That means you can put one pretty much wherever you want, whether it's right near your house or in a garden area. You should keep in mind the amount of shade or sunlight that will be near the pergola however, as this can help you choose which plants and flowers will flourish on your structure.
Choosing the Floor
If you have a deck or a patio already in place, you won't have to worry about choosing the perfect floor covering to go underneath your pergola. If you build it over a garden, however, The Family Handyman suggests using wood chips, gravel or even outdoor tile to make the space underneath your pergola visually appealing. You might want to consider setting up a corner for a patio seating arrangement, which may need a concrete slab for proper balance.
The Perfect Plants and Flowers
Once your structure has been built and the floor has been laid down, it's time to choose which flowers and plants to incorporate into the pergola. For quick, lush coverage in just one season, Garden-Helper.com suggests choosing hearty vines like Virginia creeper, clematis Montana, honeysuckle or silver lace vine. For gorgeous color that you'll be able to change each season, annual climbers are a good choice, such as black-eyed Susans, sweet pea and nasturtium. If your pergola is in the shade, ivy, jasmine and climbing hydrangea could be your best bet, reports the news source. If there's plenty of sun, wisteria, climbing roses and trumpet vines would work well.
Training Them to Climb
After you follow the planting directions for each variety of flower you chose, the BBC recommends using canes or sticks angled toward the sides of the pergola to tie your stems to. Use garden twine to secure four or five stems, then watch as they climb up the trellis. Along the way, you may need to tie a few more side shoots to the structure to fill in any gaps. To ensure that your plants keep blooming, don't forget to prune and deadhead periodically, reports The Daily Mail.