Arbors are the perfect outdoor structure to use for growing your favorite vines like clematis and wisteria. With their natural ability to climb up walls, trellises and outdoor posts, the vines will wrap around the outdoor arbor to create a private oasis. Plant perennial vines that come back each year stronger and fuller, for a long-lasting design. Gently wrap their tendrils around the posts and over time, watch the creeping vine create a shaded tunnel of cascading blooms.
Research different clematis vines and their potential growth to ensure mixing them together will not produce one large overgrown bunch of clematis vines. Mix early blooming clematis vines with late-blooming vines to ensure vibrant blooms throughout the seasons.
Plant early blooming clematis vines around one side of the arbor for a lush and vibrant design. Clematis Montana, which begin its blooms in early spring around April, will produce beautiful flowers until midsummer.
Prune early-bloomers back no later than late July. Pruning will allow for new growth the following season and for the late-blooming clematis vines to begin their initial blooming period without competition.
Grow on the opposite posts of the arbor a late-flowering clematis vine, which begins its blooming season in mid-June and lasts through the fall. Comtesse de Bouchard'are, a late-blooming clematis, is simple to grow and is a prolific bloomer. These vines are also ideal in a small space such as an arbor where their smaller-sized flowers range from 4 to 6 inches in diameter, and won’t overtake the structure.
Things You Will Need
- Stay away from invasive clematis vines like sweet autumn clematis, which will take over the arbor and all surrounding clematis vine types.
- Prune back the clematis to promote new growth. Pruning also prevents the vines from being entangled together, where the blooms are bunched up and around the top of the arbor.
- When pruning, sterilize your cutting tool in between each cut with methanol to prevent spreading infection and disease to the vines.