Pergola & Gazebo

Grapevine pergola and matching climbing plants for your garden area

Many outdoor gardens have structures with grapevine pergolas or gazebos that add character and vibrancy to the outdoor area. If you have climbing plants, these can create more vertical depth that is just beautiful to look at. A grapevine garden pergola is also a great way to add a bare wall to the garden. So you can turn it into an attractive part of the garden space. Another advantage of such a plant is that you can add more natural shade to the patio or garden. This is perfect for a seating area where you can relax, have a party, or just read a book.

Practical tips for a grapevine pergola

subtle planting with vines and grapes on a wooden structure in the garden

A vine pergola may have some growing requirements. Because of this, there are a few details that you should consider before you decide to go with it. First, choose the perfect vines that you can use to climb your overhead structure and decorate appropriately. A grape pergola not only provides shade, but also emphasizes the shape of the garden or the gazebo, regardless of whether it is curved, flat or in any other configuration. Lively, growing green can also visually soften the structure through the naturalness of the fruit.

stylish patio area with swimming pool and grapevine make pergola beautiful garden design

While some homeowners opt for the clean lines of a gazebo, grape vines for pergolas can bring the bare structure back to life. Such climbing plants not only contribute to privacy, but also offer more color, freshness and a soft, romantic scent. This helps create the ambience that most people want in the garden. Additionally, growing grapevines on pergola and over your patio cover will improve shade and help cool the garden area.

Pitched roof with grapevines pergola build shade in the outdoor area country house style

Plants actually evaporate moisture to cool themselves down. This evaporation works like nature’s fog dissipation and can even cool an outdoor area by up to 15 degrees. Discover inspiring ideas with the most popular plants if you want to build grapevine pergola in the garden or on the terrace. In the fall season, however, you need to prune the vines on the pergola to prevent them from becoming too big or adding too much weight to the structure once a year. Routine pruning also prevents birds and rodents from nesting in the woody wood. This is a common problem with overgrown vine cut pergolas. If you plan to cut and grow vines on pergola, you can attach the vines to the structure from below. This prevents the birds from reaching the fruit.

Advantages and disadvantages of vines

luxurious outdoor deck with grapevine cut pergola and pool

Before deciding on such a vine, you should consider the characteristics of such a growing plant on your pergola. Its benefits include the filtered shade, the scent of flowers, and the fact that these growths can enhance the garden. Although the shade provided by climbing plants may be limited, you can combine these with grapevine pergolas and use retractable canopies to provide maximum protection from the sun and rain while enhancing aesthetics.

Entrance with grapevine garden pergola roof in front of the large house

The main drawbacks of grapevine planting pergolas are that they can sometimes make a lot of dirt, as they drop leaves and debris all year round. However, the plants are also living beings that require care such as watering and pruning. You can also use it to attract unwanted guests such as bees, wasps, or even lizards and snakes. However, this is part of normal life in such a planted garden.

Grapevine pull pergola

grapevines irradiated by the sun install a pergola cut from wood in the garden

Many people who have a pergola on a property like to pull grapevines to grow over the structure. In this way, they can provide additional shade and increase the attractiveness of the entire backyard. Grapes are one of the best plants to add to your pergola as they naturally tend to climb. However, what grape vines for pergola need to be educated and how?

Pergola with grapevines above the dining table and chairs in a rustic Mediterranean style

Add a scoop or two full of rotted organics like leaves, compost, and manure to the soil you plan to plant your grapevines in. Work this fabric into the ground next to your pergola with the shovel or a garden fork. Dig a hole about 6 inches from the side of your pergola to plant the vine. While doing this, make sure it is as deep and slightly larger than the root ball of the vine itself.

cozy patio area with grapevines for pergola in summer

Take each vine out of the pot and place it in the hole. Make sure that it is at a similar depth in the ground. If the vine is leafless, distribute the roots in the hole so they don’t interfere with the pergola. Fill in the soil and press it down to remove any air pockets. Water immediately after planting, then every day for the first year to keep the soil next to your pergola moist. After that, vines only need water in severe drought.

large garden with playground and grapevines on the pergola painted in white

Then screw an eye bolt into your pergola, level with the top of each stick of your grapevine. Tie each stick to the eyebolt with anti-rust wire. However, do this only after the plants have grown in the ground next to your pergola for a year. You can continue this process on the side of your pergola and over the top as the vines grow, screw in new eye bolts and secure with rustproof wire.

Use other climbing plants instead of grapevines pergola

White flowers of climbing hydrangea suitable for growing on arbor

There are many different types of climbing plants that can look fantastic in your garden. Many of these are also easy to grow and care for, even for beginners. This can make your outdoor garden area look stunning. However, each plant variety is unique and grows in different conditions.

Climbing roses

Bring up bright, blooming climbing roses on a white pergola and beautify the garden area

Climbing roses can be a lovely addition to any garden, but the trick to making a lovely pergola is to grow this lovely plant early. Roses come in a variety of colors and can grow up to 3 meters long and around 1 meter wide, which makes them ideal for vertical growth. They also do well in full sun and well-drained soil. Since these are robust plants, they are well suited for most growing areas.


Terrace shading ideas with honeysuckle growing on wood

Honeysuckle is a fast growing plant that produces a sweet smell that will attract butterflies to your garden. This plant can grow up to 3 meters tall in partial or full sun and usually blooms from May to late summer.


Violet lilac clematis plant grow on wood for a lively atmosphere in the garden

This is a beautiful variegated plant that grows well in many areas. With a growth of at least 2 meters in height and one meter in width, the clematis plants are known to become almost twice as large. This variety blooms from early spring to late summer and has become a favorite for vertical space.


flowering wisteria pergola cultivate suitable climbing plants in the garden

If you want lots of blues and purples in your garden, wisteria, which can reach 4 meters in height, are a great and fast growing option too. This plant variety requires full sun and slightly acidic soil that is well-drained and grows best in warm areas. While wisteria is one of the nicest options, it can be quite messy during the flowering period. They are also toxic to dogs, so dog lovers may need to avoid this choice.

Trumpet flower

red flowers of trumpet flower at the entrance in the forecourt

If you choose the trumpet vine, you will most likely find bees in the area as they are great for pollination. These plants can grow up to 6 meters tall and grow well in both full sun and partial shade. Usually this can work well even in dry conditions.

Climbing hydrangea

gate to the garden white flowers of climbing hydrangea suitable for growing on gazebo

As the name suggests, this is a climbing plant that grows more slowly. However, if you have the patience to grow these too, your yard will look and smell amazing too. Climbing hydrangeas grow best in full sun to partial shade. These plants don’t like extreme heat, so the afternoon sun may not be the best option in some areas.

Moon flower

in the middle of the garden placed a pergola with a moon flower on the side and a rocking chair

The moon flower is a great option for gardeners who like to enjoy this at night, as these flowers are open from sunset to sunrise during the summer months and most of autumn. These plants can usually reach heights of up to 3 meters or even more.

Wild grapevine pergola or gazebo

Beautifully plant wild grapevines pergola or arbor

If you are looking for a climber that will grow quickly, the Virginia Creeper is a great choice. There are no flowers on this plant, but the leaves change color in autumn and the vines can grow up to 10 meters high. The so-called wild wine grows best in moderate climates with full sun and some rain.


Firethorn with fruits growing on garden fence as a climbing plant

The so-called firethorn is a shrub that can reach a height of almost a meter. With enough care, this type of plant with bright red berries and white flowers can turn your pergola into an eye-catcher all year round. The plant grows best in normal weather conditions and prefers partial sun and well-drained soil.

Passion flower

Passion flower with beautiful flowers in lilac color growing on a white gazebo on the wall

Last but not least, the passionflower is a sturdy option that grows in warm weather, but can also thrive as an annual in cooler climates. With blue, purple or pink flowers, this vine can grow up to 2 meters high in one season. Such strains prefer full sun and well-drained soil, which is why they can grow well in the heat. The blue passion flower (Passiflora caerulea) shown bears edible fruits. Wait until the fruit is fully ripe before eating as unripe passion fruit can cause stomach pain. Some species have long been used as medicinal herbs for insomnia and anxiety.