Wilma Fendrick
Wilma Fendrick
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Asked on Jun 9, 2013

Picking a vine for my pergola.

Douglas HuntWilma FendrickChristy Hollier.
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Does anyone have a suggestion for a vine I could plant to climb my pergola? I am in zone 5. The pergola gets full sun from the east and west. I would like something that is not horribly aggressive. Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies is something I want to do also. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
7 answers
  • Ron T
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Silver Lace Vine is nice, fills in quickly and really draws in the butterflies. The downside is, it also draws in the bees. I don't recommend Wisteria as it is very very heavy and will, given time, pull your pergola down. Clematis is nice, given time. Honeysuckle is aggressive, and so is Trumpet vine.

  • Etta Whatley
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Help answer this question...Clematis or trailing rose

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Trumpet vine is definitely an aggressive grower, as Ron T says, but if you want to attract hummingbirds, there's probably not a better choice. I have vivid memories of the hummingbirds on my grandmother's trumpet vine, which sprawled over a clothesline at her farmhouse in Shelby County, not so far from you. I just planted the cultivar "Flava" on my pergola because of those memories, and because it is said to be somewhat more well-behaved than the common trumpet vine. An excellent butterfly plant would be dutchman's pipe, Aristolochia tomentosa, a Missouri native that is a host plant for the pipe vine swallowtail.

  • Wilma Fendrick
    on Jun 10, 2013

    I have considered all of these except the Wisteria. I would love to do the Silver Lace but I have a sister allergic to bees. Have any of you had experience with Crossvine?

  • Christy Hollier.
    on Jun 10, 2013

    what about Carolina jasmine

  • Wilma Fendrick
    on Jun 10, 2013

    Christy I will check on the Jasmine and see if it will work this far north.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 11, 2013

    Yes, I have "Tangerine Beauty" crossvine on my pergola as well. I planted it in conjunction with the trumpet vine to have a longer season of blooms (the crossvine first, then the trumpet vine). I think it might be marginally hardy where you are.

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