Gardening

Garden shed or pergola: climbing plants to your rescue!


In collaboration with FRANCE ABRIS

It is beautiful, my shelter! Yes, but here it is: well dressed, he would be even more so. Indeed, if we propose garden sheds, sheds, garages or pergolas more and more aesthetic, their full integration into your garden can go through a vegetal touch. What could be better than a small wooden shed that blends into your exterior with its honeysuckle? Or an elegant flowered pergola with a few clematis?

You guessed it: the best way to do this dressing successfully is to opt for a climbing plant. The latter, by running on the posts or the facade of the chosen model, will offer it a precious discretion, or an ornamentation highlighting it.

But what climbing plants should you plant at the foot of your terrace or garden shed

It all depends on: 1 / your context; 2 / the desired effect; 3 / the proposed structure.

Which shelter, which shed and which orientation?

It sounds obvious, but you won't choose the same climbing plant to cover a shed, hide your arbor posts, or cover its roof.

Likewise, you will have to take into account the orientation of your shelter when choosing its plant decor, while taking into account your weather environment: temperature, humidity, frequency of frost in winter ... Ivy, glycine, rosebush or honeysuckle remain among the most resistant solutions; theclimbing hydrangea claims an exposure to the north; quite the opposite of bougainvillea or passionflower, which will not survive the absence of the sun.

Finally, take a look at the question of materials: if only from an aesthetic point of view, a metal shelter may not go well with certain plants than a cabin made of natural wood panels.

Climbing plants for garden sheds

Among the dozens and dozens of possible climbing plants, the differences are sometimes significant. Let's say your wish is to hide the walls of a galvanized steel shelter ... You will probably be looking for a climbing plant with dense and persistent foliage, a honeysuckle, for example, or a persistent clematis which will have the advantage of abundant flowering, even a Banks rose if you live under soft and clement skies.

If your lens is primarily decorative for a shelter structure or arbor already attractive, you will perhaps orient yourself towards species brilliant by the quality of their flowering and their perfume. A Spanish or officinal jasmine, a fragrant wattakaka, a wisteria despite its sometimes capricious flowering, a bignone and its original trumpets… Delicate choices, but very aesthetic!

Climbing plants for pergolas and sheds

Finally, you should also be interested in the envisaged support:

- None, for climbing plants whose roots or suction cups attach themselves to the posts of your pergola or your terrace shelter: Virginia creeper, climbing hydrangea and bignone fall into this category.

- Guardians or sons for those others who are forced to wind their stems in order to rise. Think about honeysuckle , akébia or clematis ...

- Real trellis covering an entire shelter facade, for the tendrils of passionflowers or sweet peas.

Inevitably, this support must be modulated according to the shelter to be vegetated. While the posts of an arbor work well with free-standing plants, the walls of a wooden or PVC shed may require a full screen.

Unless you prefer to trade these climbing plants for bamboo?

We know potted bamboo, which is exploited for its qualities of growth and efficiency to hide from prying eyes.

But a few bamboo slats installed on the roof will also quickly protect you from UV rays or raindrops.

So you let yourself be tempted by bamboo reeds for your pergola?

With a resistance comparable to much more expensive exotic woods, bamboo fights mold and insect attacks. These stems are also ornamental with a logically appreciated natural look. Go for it!

to be somewhat intrusive! The choice is yours, but there is no shortage of solutions!


Photo credit: Côté Maison

Video: Climbing plants - how to choose the right climber for your garden! (October 2020).