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The Best Plants For Pergola | Expert Recommendations

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Plants For Pergola. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.


This product was recommended by Mark Joseph from Parental Queries

A fast-growing climber that produces fragrant white or pink flowers. Honeysuckle is perfect for covering a pergola and adding fragrance to your garden.


This product was recommended by Shaun Martin from We Pay Cash for Houses

Pergolas are designed specifically to make pergolas look more attractive which is why it’s a must-have for your own pergola. It can make your pergola look like it was cropped straight from a storybook as it paints a violet-hue cascade through the spring. This also blooms more fragrantly during June. Hire a professional to install and plant your pergolas, since it requires a heavy structure to make them sturdy enough to handle the vines.

Trumpet Creeper

This product was recommended by Mark Joseph from Parental Queries

Another beautiful climber, Trumpet Creeper, will add vibrant color to your garden with its red, orange, or yellow flowers.


This product was recommended by Sharon Sanders from Philadelphia Weekly

These plants are quite popular among people who have aquariums mainly because they are low-maintenance and very sturdy. They can thrive even with low light and changing water pH. WIth a variety of leaf colors and shapes, they are also used to beautify aquariums. Hence, they are really good plants to place in aquariums with your goldfishes.

Gerold’s Spurge

This product was recommended by Abigail Richards from Tech President

Gerold’s Spurge is one of the few plants that still can grow beautifully even if planted in full sun, shaded, or a rockery environment. They are originally found in Madagascar but have been bred to grow in tropical and other countries because of their beautiful flowers. They produce small, pink-clumping flowers, adding color to a rockery. With that, they are good plants to grow in this kind of area.

Climbing Rose

This product was recommended by Anwar Kaur from Hindu Rope

For a romantic look on your pergola, climbing roses are the way to go! Plant them in moist, fertile soil. They will flourish in the full sun and offer more than one batch of blooms in each flowering period. Tie the stems in the framework of your pergola for a perfect cover of leaves and flowers.

Crimson Glory Vine

This product was recommended by Anwar Kaur from Hindu Rope

The crimson glory vine is a perfect plant for pergolas. It thrives in the full sun, with good drainage, and good air circulation. This plant grows fast and can cover a pergola easily with its abundant leaf canopy. Needless to say, its autumn colors are breathtaking!

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Written by Zak Parker

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