A veranda or canopy is a beautiful addition to any home. In addition to potted plants and hanging baskets, one way to make the most of yours is to use climbing plants. These can either be planted in a container below a trellis panel that’s attached to a wall or in pots underneath the veranda pillars. Alternatively, a decorative trellis arch or pergola can be used. These structures do not just look decorative, they can provide additional shade or be used to frame a garden bench or focal point. Here are three of the best climbing plants for any veranda.
For an exotic touch, the intricate white, pink and violet blooms and delicate vines of the Passiflora plant will not disappoint. There are over 500 different species of the Passiflora that include both shrubs, annuals and perennials. They like both partial shade and full sun and most species will do well in a sheltered location, such as by a patio veranda wall.
Add honeysuckles to your garden canopy and be transported by the delicious, sweet scent. For divinely scented blooms try Lonicera periclymenum. For colourful flowers streaked with red, Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’ is a vibrant addition. To protect against mildew, climb honeysuckle plants up a wall with the roots in the shade but with the vines able to trail off into the sun.
For traditional verandas, English climbing roses are both elegant and charming. Let your roses run wild for full effect, with densely grouped plants to create a symphony of both scent and colour. A harsh brick wall can be completely transformed, turning a cold empty veranda into a space that’s both comforting and inspiring. Roses can be grown in pots next to pillars or up a trellis. Smaller roses are good for this and there is a large variety of patio and miniature roses to choose from.
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