Pergolas in Houston area can be softened and enhanced by the use of plants, namely vines. Vines provide additional shade and added visual appeal. They also attract butterflies and other beneficial insects, soften spaces and add color and fragrance with their blooms.
- Crossvine Tangerine Beauty (Bignonia capreolata ‘Tangerine Beauty’) – This easy to grow Texas native provides masses of 2-inch trumpet-shaped blooms in the late spring, and then sporadically through the summer that are irresistible to hummingbirds. It is semi-evergreen to evergreen and grows in full sun to partial shade.
- Wisteria ‘Amethyst Falls’ (Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’) – This is an improved selection of the native American Wisteria and is not related to the aggressive Asian varieties. Growing in full to part sun, its fragrant flower clusters emerge in the spring.
- Passion flower (Passiflora spp.) – Passiflora caerulea is cold hardy. It has sky-blue corollas and white petals. Being the host plant for Gulf Fritillary butterflies, it will draw them in for your enjoyment.
- Pink Coral Vine (Antigonon leptopus) – This delicate vine has heart-shaped leaves and trailing sprays of hot pink flowers from summer to fall which attracts bumble bees and honey bees. It blooms well in the summer despite the intense Texas heat. It grows best in sun to part shade.
- Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) – Another Texas native, the coral honeysuckle is deciduous to semi-evergreen. It blooms heavily in the spring followed by intermittent blooms through summer and fall. It prefers full sun to bright shade. Its 2-inch trumpet shaped flowers attracts hummingbirds and produce bright red berries in the fall.
- Grapes can also be grown on a pergola in Houston. Their mature roots provide interest when trained to grow up the trellis. The recommended bunch variety grape is ‘Mortensen’. Its light-green fruits are quarter-sized and sweet with few seeds. It is self-fertile. Some muscadine grape varieties are also suitable for the Houston area. ‘Ison’, a black muscadine, and is self-fertile. ‘Supreme’, a disease-resistant black muscadine, ‘Fry’, a large bronze, and ‘Sweet Jenny’, a disease-resistant bronze, require pollinators to produce fruit. Grapes require full sun and well-drained soil.
Some things to consider when growing vines on pergolas in Houston area:
- Vines require training and trimming as they grow.
- The deciduous varieties will require additional clean-up as they drop their leaves. Deciduous varieties would not do well near a swimming pool area because they do drop all their leaves.
- Deciduous varieties work well for areas where you would want the summer sun to penetrate through the pergola to provide warmth and light during the winter months.
Using quality craftsmanship, Wood Crafters can custom design and build patio covers in Houston to fit any architectural style, including relaxed and informal to formal and elegant, and anywhere in between. Once built, you can then decide if adding a vine to your pergola in Houston will help you create the pergola of your dreams.