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4 Popular Climbers You'll Want for Your Pergola this Summer

Mar 22, 2017 12:47:00 PM

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McKay Staff

in Plants & Flowers


Our top 4 list of popular climbers/vines for your abor, trellis or pergola this summer:  


American Bittersweet Vine

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The American Bittersweet vine is a vigorous, hardy vine that produces small inconspicuous flowers which precede clusters of red-orange berries. This vine is commonly used for winter decoration. Make sure you plant at least three plants to ensure fruit set. These vines are commonly planted in woodland gardens and naturalized areas. They provide quick cover for fences, arbors, trellises, posts, walls or other structures in the landscape. They can also be grown along the ground to camouflage rock piles or old tree stumps. They are twiner climbers meaning they twine their shoots entirely around a support. They will either twine clockwise or counterclockwise according to species. Added bonus: they have year round interest and can be used for decorative purposes such as wreaths, center pieces, or decorative vases. Buy this vine today!

American Bittersweet Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: May - June
Color: Green, Orange, White
Plant Size: Climbing vine 
Flower Color: Green-white to yellow
Fruit: Orange
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 2 - 8




Goldflame Honeysuckle Vine

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The Goldflame Honeysuckle is a great variety of vine honeysuckle blooming continuously from June until frost. Flowers are trumpet-shaped, flame-red/pink outside and golden yellow inside and is delightfully fragrant. It may be grown as a vine or groundcover and is tolerant in shade. It's a twiner type of grower - this means it attaches by the vine curling around a support. Buy this plant now!

Goldflame Honeysuckle Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June - Frost
Color: Green, Orange, Pink, Yellow
Plant Size: Climbing vine
Flower Color: Pink, yellow, orange
Sunlight: Full Sun to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 5 - 9





Kintzley's Ghost Honeysuckle

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A 2006 Plant Select winner! Kintzley's Ghost Honeysuckle is a striking vine and was introduced by a Fort Collins Wholesale Nursery. This vine has yellow flowers in late spring and bright silver bracts throughout the growing season. The flower shape is tubular. This vine can grow up a variety of supports, including wall, fences, pergolas, arbors, arches, obelisks in a shrub border, and large mature trees. They look particularly at home in a woodland garden, or along pergolas or trellis' as they often grow in woodland conditions in the wild. Buy this climbing vine now!

Kintzley's Ghost Honeysuckle Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: June - September
Color: Green, White, Yellow
Plant Size: Climbing vine
Flower Color: Yellow
Sunlight: Full Sun to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Growing Zones: 3 - 7




Sweet Autumn Clematis

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Sweet Autumn Clematis is an excellent, small flowered variety that is very vigorous. Clusters of small very fragile white flowers bloom from September until frost. An excellent vine for split rail fences, lamp posts, and great as a groundcover. Another interesting use is to plant among larger junipers and let it climb up and through these plants. This plant likes cool moist soils, and full sun, so the juniper application is great as the ground is shaded and the tops get full sun. Trim back dead tops early in spring before new growth begins. Because this clematis is so vigorous, established plants cut back in spring can grow 15' or more in one season. Buy this popular vine now!


Sweet Autumn Clematis Quick Facts:

Bloom Time: September -October
Color: Green, White
Plant Size: Climbing vine
Flower Color: White
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Wet
Growing Zones: 4 - 9

 **Photo credit: House Appeal, Stately Kitsch, Water Wise Plants, and Houzz 




What do you love about vines/climbing plants in an outdoor space? Are any of your favorites on our list? Feel free to leave a quick comment below.



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