How to Build a Vine Pergola


Vine pergolas can create the perfect shady tunnel in your backyard landscape to enjoy all year round. Use the space for dining with friends or relaxing under with your favorite book. There are a variety of vines that can grow around your pergola to create a lush and exotic design. Use larger vines like grapevines that will provide long-lasting coverage to your pergola roof. Blooming vines like jasmine or honeysuckle can enliven the space and create sweet smells. Hang a set of twinkling lights around the pergola to create a sparkling glow.

Step 1

Look into using native plants for your vine pergola. These types require less maintenance and are more drought-resistant than non-native species.

Step 2

Clear the garden space out of all rocks and weeds before you build the pergola. Rake down the surface to create a smooth and level space.

Step 3

Dig a large hole in the ground to accommodate the hedge posts, one hole per post. Make sure the hole is large enough so at least half the post is in the ground. Use 10- to 12-foot hedge posts for an average-sized pergola.

Step 4

Place the hedge post into the hole and fill in the sides with soil. Pack down firmly to ensure each post is fitted securely into the ground.

Step 5

Plant creeping vines at the base of each post. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the creeping vine. Mix in a layer of compost in the hole to help nourish the plants. Place the vine in the hole and fill up with soil and compost mixture, pressing firmly.

Step 6

Lay a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the vines to help retain moisture and ensure hardy vine growth. Mulch also inhibits competing weeds that can take away needed nutrients from the creepers.

Step 7

Screw hooks into the sides of the hedge post for support for the climbing vines. One hook every 10 to 12 inches is ideal and will assist in training the vines to grow up. Place the hooks diagonally or in a straight line depending upon your design and how you want the vines to grow up the pergola.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Hedge posts
  • Vines
  • Compost
  • Mulch
  • Hooks


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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.