I keep mentioning the pergola which goes up to the fruit and veggie area, I thought it was about time to show the planting round it and up it. It has the pond to the right of it with spring flowering shrubs, to the left is a shady border , between the pergola and the field next door, with mainly hydrangeas which are flowering now and a huge Bramley apple tree which we inherited. Most of the uprights have a rose and clematis up them, some have 2 clematis and one has a Trachelospermum jasminoides.
Starting in April, the right side of the pergola has white flowers belonging to a Deutzia and the pink flowers are from a small Prunus.
In June, this shot shows a dark red rose at the far end and on the right, the shrub Kolkwitzia, which is in the pond area, is joining in. The clematis on the fence in the distance had to be cut hard back as it was almost bringing the fence down. It didn’t like such treatment and promptly died!
The flowers of the Kolkwitzia are very pretty but I can’t detect any perfume unfortunately.
Still in June, looking the other way, back into the garden, with the Kolkwitzia now on the left, a pink rose up above and the clematis on the right have started flowering.
In June the roses at the front are flowering, on the right is R. New Dawn, which is looking very pale in this photo, and on the left is Mdme. Alfred Carriere, a vigorous white rose!
Rosa New Dawn with its gorgeous baby pink petals.
Rosa Mdme. Alfred Carriere is so vigorous, maybe not a wise choice for the pergola as pruning it always means a ladder is needed, I like both feet on the ground !
The first clematis to flower is Clematis viticella Abundance.
The next upright has Clematis Etoile violette.
All the clematis on the pergola are Clematis viticella, I chose them as they don’t get clematis wilt. Here are C Margot Koster, on the left and Etoile violette on the right, so when I come to prune them in Feb/March, I don’t have to stop and think, they all get cut down to 2ft.
Quite often though they manage to escape up the Bramley apple tree and it’s too late to get them back round the posts! Etoile violette has been joined by C.Margot Koster
Etoile violette is definitely escaping up the apple tree, I really will have to keep an eye on them next year and twine them round the uprights properly!
Also flowering in July is Trachelospermum jasminoides. This has the most divine perfume, which stops you in your tracks when you are whizzing past. Unlike the honeysuckle which wafts its perfume across the garden on the breeze, this one keeps it for when you are much closer. I must find space for another by one of the seats in the garden.
Trachelospermum jasminoides has lots of small flowers all the way up, the flowers start out white but as they get older they turn creamy yellow. The climber is almost evergreen here, it doesn’t lose many leaves over the winter so I just need to give it a slight trim early in the year, otherwise it would block too much of the path.
~At the front of the pergola, climbing up Rosa Mdme Alfred Carrier is Clematis viticella Pearl D’Azure but they don’t very often flower at the same time unfortunately, the clematis flowers when Madame is having a rest!
I managed to catch them together this time though!
At the other end of the pergola are two clematis, one is this one, Clematis viticella Mary Rose. This has quite a story, so bear with me any of you that know it. This clematis was in cultivation at the time of Henry VIII, 500 yrs ago, but was thought to be lost until about 20 yrs ago when it was discovered in a Devon garden. At the same time Henry’s warship was discovered just off the coast near Southampton and the job of raising her from the water started. The nursery which discovered the clematis asked if he could name it after the warship which had lain in the mud at the bottom of the sea for over 500 years, his request was granted. The flowers are quite small, about half the size of the one in the photo, but it makes up for it by having so many flowers, it’s very vigorous!
Climbing the same post as C. Mary Rose is Clematis Alba Luxurians. The colour of the stamens in C.Alba Luxurians is the same purple as C. Mary Rose, a happy accident! The early flowers sometimes have green on the petals, later ones are all white.
On the opposite pillar is another Clematis viticella purpurea plena elegans more of a burgundy colour rather than royal purple. This has the dark red rose for company.
The left hand border between the pergola and the fence by the field are where I planted the Hydrangeas that came with my Mum, when she moved in with us for the last couple of years of her life. The one at the left used to be pink when my Mum had it in a pot, it has grown so much since it has been set free and has also changed colour. The white one next to it is Hydrangea paniculata which has lacy cones similar to a buddleja, this one is just a couple of years old.
Next to the white H. paniculata is a lacecap Hydrangea. This was one of Mum’s too, again it has grown so huge but I don’t think it can decide if it wants to be blue or pink, maybe one day it will make up it’s mind!
A dark red rose at the far end of the pergola quite often makes an escape bid up the Bramley apple tree and we don’t see any flowers until they wave at us from way up in the air. This photo makes it look much lighter than it really is.
Sometimes the clematis flop and then get tangled with the Hydrangeas, it’s impossible to untangle them! This is Clematis viticella Abundance, it lives up to its name, it is very abundant with its flowers.
More hydrangeas further up the border, this one is a pale pink mophead, again with C. Abundance
The last Hydrangea on the left of the pergola is a white lacecap, this is fairly new so not very large yet.
There are hellebores between the hydrangeas followed by false oxlips and these are followed by a couple of day lilies. This part of the garden is quite low maintenance with just the clematis to cut back, the Hydrangeas to dead head and the roses to prune in February, after that I just sit back for the rest of the year and enjoy the flowers! – I wish!