Planting for pergolas is one of the hidden joys of the outdoor covered areas. You can have anything from bonsai to the most exotic plants, even orchids, in this setting, and they all look fantastic. This is a great excuse for the gardener to have all their plants at easy pottering distance, whenever they like, regardless of weather. If you’ve got one of the big new modern pergolas, you can have a ball.
The gardener’s dream, a whole space for planting designs
The really great thing about a pergola is it gives you a good indoor/outdoor space to work. You can plant, pot, raise your seedlings, and generally enjoy yourself, rain or shine. It’s a good “no mess” approach, too, and you can keep your gardening well organized with this extra space.
The pergola itself is also a place to grow your favorite plants. You can grow climbing roses, bougainvilleas, and a host of different foliage climbers like ivies. These tough climbers look fantastic, because they have the space to really develop. They can also afford to get a bit woody, because the pergola can handle their size and weight easily.
The easy maintenance pergola planting mode
Plant maintenance is an absolute breeze, with a pergola. Planting in and around pergolas is also good for making the more advanced and difficult plantings easier. You can install a good drip system for feeding and watering with no fuss. The big advantage is that you can have a great garden setting, directly in the pergola area, and you don’t have to rearrange the house to do your work on the big plants.
Ambitious planting with pergolas- Orchids, and everything
Pergola plants have a “micro climate” which includes shelter and light management. That means you can even grow really beautiful but demanding exotic orchids and Australian native orchids in this environment. These flowers are like an advertisement for gracious living. They’re stunning, and in the right setting they
provide a spectacular display of colour.
You can even have a bonsai garden under a pergola. If you’ve seen the big Japanese bonsai gardens, or the fabulous Chinese landscape bonsai, you’ll appreciate the possibilities. Bonsai plants are actually trees, and they’re tough plants. They often react well to covered areas in preference to indoor settings, too. If you’re a bonsai enthusiast, the pergola environment may be just what you need.
Planters for planting- Real fun with your pergola planting
Another big plus is having the space to put your big, beautiful planters. This is garden décor in the truly elegant style, and with a pergola it’s practical. Putting these types of planters in direct contact with heat, sun and weather and exposed to hail isn’t an option, but with a pergola you can really display your work properly.
The effect is extraordinary, and you’ll find that your plants respond with a riot of foliage and flowers. All you have to do is enjoy it. Tough being a gardener, isn’t it?