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Trumpet Vine Plant: How To Grow Trumpet Vine

Trumpet vine (Campsis radicans), also known as trumpet creeper, is a fast-growing perennial vine. Growing trumpet vine creepers is really easy and although some gardeners consider the plant invasive, with adequate care and pruning, trumpet vines can be kept under control. Keep reading to learn more about how to grow trumpet vine.

Trumpet Vine Plant

The trumpet vine flower is great for attracting hummingbirds to the landscape. The beautiful tubular flowers range in color from yellow to orange or red. Blooming on the trumpet vine plant takes place throughout summer and into fall, though blooming may be limited for those planted in shady locations. Following its flowering, trumpet vines produce attractive bean-like seedpods.

Trumpet vine plant is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 4-9. The woody vines are usually strong enough to endure winter while other growth will generally die back, returning again in spring. Since these vines can reach 30 to 40 feet (9-12 m.) in just one season, keeping their size under control with pruning is often necessary. If allowed to grow, trumpet creeper can easily take over and is extremely difficult to get rid of.

How to Grow Trumpet Vine

This easily grown vine thrives in both sun and partial shade. While it prefers a nice well-draining soil, trumpet vine flower is resilient enough to adapt to nearly any soil and will grow readily. Be sure to choose a suitable location prior to planting as well as a sturdy support structure.

Planting too close to the home or outbuilding could result in damage from the vine’s creeping roots so it’s important that you plant the vine some distance from the home. They can work their way under shingles and even cause damage to foundations.

A trellis, fence, or large pole works well as a support structure when growing trumpet vines. However, do not allow the vine to climb trees as this can lead to strangulation.

When growing trumpet vines, containment is another consideration. Some people find it useful to plant trumpet creeper in large bottomless containers, such as 5-gallon (3.75 L) buckets, which can be sunk into the ground. This helps keep the vine’s spreading habit under control. If the vine is located in a large enough area where its suckers can be routinely mown and pruned, it can be grown without support and treat more like a shrub.

Care of Trumpet Vines

Trumpet vine requires little care once established. Trumpet creeper is a vigorous grower. Water only as needed and do not fertilize.

About the only maintenance you’ll need to perform is pruning. Trumpet vine requires regular pruning to keep it under control. Pruning takes place in early spring or fall. Generally, spring is preferable, and the plant may be severely pruned back to just a few buds.

Deadheading trumpet vine flower pods as they appear is another good idea. This will help prevent the plant from reseeding in other areas of the landscape.

Just Say No to Trumpet Vine

Don’t let its pretty flowers fool you into planting a thuggish trumpet vine. Steve Bender

A reader recently asked why I don’t promote native plants that don’t destroy the habitat. I responded that I write about many such plants—you only need to scroll back through previous posts (like recent ones on red buckeye and native wisteria) to see that. However, implicit in her question, it seemed to me, was the notion that natives are inherently nicer and never take a toll on the land where they grow. In fact, many natives are awful garden plants that bully their neighbors and shouldn’t be cultivated. Prime example: trumpet vine.

Native to the eastern United States and now escaped to the West, trumpet vine (Campsis radicans) gets its name from clusters of showy, red-orange, trumpet-shaped, 3-inch blooms that appear from early summer to fall. Hummingbirds swarm to the tubular blossoms, so to make the birdies happy, everyone should plant this vine, right? No. Hell, no.

Trumpet vine is not nice. Using aerial rootlets, it climbs trees about as fast as fighting squirrels, and ascends 40 feet or more. It flowers form seeds that drop to the ground, making more vines that do the same thing. Even more sinister are its spreading roots that submarine underground far from the original plant and pop up suckers everywhere. Fighting rampant trumpet vines is a war you can’t win without herbicide. You might as well plant poison ivy (another excellent native plant!).

Image zoom The safest way to grow Chinese trumpet vine is on a column or arbor where it can’t reach other plants or structures. Southern Living

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As an alternative to native trumpet vine, I’m seeing more people growing its Asian counterpart, Chinese trumpet vine (Campsis grandiflora), shown above. This vine is even showier, featuring larger, flared, peachy-orange blooms. It’s a fast climber too, reaching 30 feet or more if not carefully controlled. Some folks say it doesn’t sucker like the native one. I say a sucker is born every minute. The safest way to grow Chinese trumpet vine is on a column or arbor where it can’t reach other plants or structures.

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Grumpy will continue to make the following argument as long as he breathes—native plants are not always better. Choose the right plant for the right spot, no matter its place of origin.

Trumpet Vine

Trumpet Vine

These rugged plants will put on loads of bright trumpetlike blossoms but are considered invasive by some. Fast-growing trumpet vine spreads by numerous means—from runners, suckers, and seed—and can quickly take over a structure.

genus name
  • Campsis
  • Sun
plant type
  • Vine
  • 8 to 20 feet
  • Climbs to 30 feet
flower color
  • Red,
  • Orange,
  • Yellow
foliage color
  • Blue/Green
season features
  • Summer Bloom,
  • Fall Bloom
problem solvers
  • Drought Tolerant
special features
  • Attracts Birds
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 9,
  • 8
  • Seed,
  • Layering,
  • Stem Cuttings

Garden Plans For Trumpet Vine

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Colorful Combinations

Compound leaves composed of deep green leaflets create an emerald backdrop for the trumpet flowers, which come in a variety of shades in the orange, yellow, and red range. Once trumpet vines begin blooming, they can continue their show all summer long. Hummingbirds delight in the blooms of trumpet vines and are frequent visitors.

These flowering vines will stop you in your tracks.

Trumpet Vine Care Must-Knows

Trumpet vine can thrive on neglect, actually preferring poor soil to rich, organic soil. If planted in soil with excess nutrients, it tends to put on too much green leafy growth and won’t focus on flowering. For the best growth, plant trumpet vine in full sun. This encourages a deep green foliage and an abundance of flowers. While the plant can grow in part sun, that is usually not recommended because it will ramble and not use its energy to produce flowers. Once trumpet vine is established, it grows well and can even handle drought.

Vigorous Vines

Trumpet vine is vigorous, bordering on invasive. It climbs by way of aerial rootlets that cling to just about anything, including siding. It should not be allowed to climb on your home or any structure near a house. The stems can become very large and woody with age and can crush and contort the base of any structure they grow on. Trumpet vine also spreads with underground runners that spring up around the main plant. Be sure to keep the runners under control; otherwise, they can form dense thickets that choke out less vigorous plants in the garden. After trumpet vine finishes blooming, it grows large seed pods reminiscent of giant green beans that burst open and drop a large number of seeds that encourage further spreading. To reduce the chance of a trumpet vine takeover, remove these pods before they fully ripen.

Here are the best perennial vines for your garden.

More Varieties of Trumpet Vine

Common trumpet vine

Campsis radicans is the wild form with orange flowers all summer and into fall. Zones 5-9

Indian Summer trumpet vine

Campsis x tagliabuana ‘Kudian’ bears large apricot orange blooms in beginning in the summer and continues through fall. Zones 5-9

‘Mme. Galen’ trumpet vine

Campsis ‘Mme. Galen’ bears large clusters of orange-red blooms on a vigorous plant. Zones 5-9

Summer snowfall trumpet vine

Campsis ‘Takarazuka Variegated’ offers clusters of orange-red trumpet-shape blooms and white-splashed foliage. Zones 5-9

Yellow trumpet vine

Campsis radicans f. flava bears lots of golden-yellow blooms against dark green foliage. It climbs to 30 feet or more. Zones 5-9

28 Common Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds (Native, Easy To Grow)

“What flowers attract hummingbirds?”

This is probably the most common question people have as they construct their hummingbird garden and habitat.

I know it was for me.

Trying to sort through hundreds of potential flowers that hummingbirds (might) like was more frustrating and time-consuming than I had initially thought. I have spent hours trying to find the perfect mix of flowers and plants to optimize my backyard for hummingbirds.

*Go directly to the list of hummingbird flowers!*

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I have finally realized that the hummingbird flowers in my backyard will always be a work in process; adding, removing, and experimenting with different plants is part of the fun!

Regardless, I thought it would be worthwhile to share some of the best flowers that I use or have come across that attract hummingbirds.

But first, here are 4 guidelines that I tried to follow when selecting the hummingbird flowers that appear on this list:

1. Lots of Nectar!

When trying to find flowers that hummingbirds like, it starts and ends with nectar.

Nectar is the only reason that hummingbirds visit flowers in the first place. They need this sugar solution to fuel their high energy lifestyle. (They flap their wings around 60 times per SECOND)

Hummingbirds in slow motion. Starts at about the 1:00-minute mark.

Also, a common trait of many flowers that attract hummingbirds is they are long and tubular. Insects have a hard time reaching the nectar in these types of flowers, but hummingbirds, with their long beaks and tongues, are perfectly adapted.

2. Native to North America:

In my opinion, the best flowers to use for hummingbirds are native to North America. I think they not only provide excellent sources of energy but are also preferred by other pollinators, caterpillars, spiders, etc.

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So you won’t find the popular Butterfly Bush on my list below. If you didn’t know, this ornamental plant originates from China.

But the line between what is native and what is not is a bit murky. Some plants originate from other continents, but are so popular and have been in North America so long that they are considered “naturalized” in the wild. Also, most plants you see in nurseries are not what you would find in nature anyway, but some cultivar of the wild version of that flower species.

So I did my best when trying to make sure the hummingbird flower was native. Forgive me if it’s not perfect. 🙂

How do you know if a plant is native?

*Bonus Tip* There is a helpful search tool located on the United States Department of Agriculture website. If you are not sure if a plant is native, type in the scientific name or common name in the search bar on the left-hand side. It will show you whether the plant is native to North America, introduced, or both.

  • View the USDA Native plant search tool here.

3. Easy to Find:

I tried to select plants that you didn’t have to order a year in advance from a specialty nursery and then have it shipped across the country.

I wanted to find hummingbird flowers that were common and typically supplied by your local nursery or easy to buy from a reputable company online. In fact, most of these flowers can be ordered and shipped from Amazon and I tried to include a link whenever possible.

4. Relatively Easy to Grow:

I am certainly not a master gardener. Any plants that I consider have to be suitable for amateurs and don’t require a lot of attention once they are in the ground, albeit getting watered, fertilized, and pruned every so often.

It’s also imperative to consider your Plant Hardiness Zone when selecting any flowers, shrubs, or trees.

Check out the USDA website to type in your specific zip code.

Whenever you buy a plant, it will display the hardiness zones that it will thrive in. For example, I live in Northeast Ohio, which is zone 6a. If I bought a flower that had a plant hardiness zone range of 8a – 12a, then I know it won’t survive our cold winters. There are also many plants that only thrive in colder (lower) zones and can’t live through the hot summers of the south.

Making sure your hummingbird flowers are appropriate for YOUR hardiness zones is extremely important! And it’s the reason that a hummingbird garden in Alabama will look completely different than the hummingbird habitat I have created in my backyard in Ohio.

But creating your own regionally unique area for hummingbirds is part of the fun!

Ok, it’s time to check out some of the best hummingbird flowers!

28 Common Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

In full disclosure, this list has a slight preference for flowers that attract the Ruby-throated Hummingbird and grow in the eastern United States.

This is because I live in Ohio and it’s the only hummingbird that we can attract!

I tried my best to find flowers can be planted across the United States, or have regional cultivars designed for different hardiness zones and climates. I even included a few hummingbird flowers that only grow in western North America.

If you have specific questions, please consult a local nursery or use the comments section below!

1. Trumpet Vine (Also called Trumpet Creeper)

Trumpet Vine is an excellent flower to attract hummingbirds (it’s even commonly referred to as “hummingbird vine”), as it features long, tubular, bright flowers with lots of nectar.

It’s native to the southeast United States but is easy to grow in most of the country. And I do mean GROW. It has a reputation for growing like crazy, and I can second that with my first-hand experience. It needs to be trimmed regularly, or it will take over an entire area. The vine gets so big that many birds will even nest in its dense foliage!

It is widely available, and I can always find Trumpet Vine at my local nurseries. Typically, it takes a year or two after planting to start getting bright and beautiful flowers.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: Vines can grow up to 40 feet high

Bloom Time: July to September

Scientific Name: Campsis radicans

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2. Trumpet Honeysuckle

Another vine that is native to the eastern United States, Trumpet Honeysuckle is a favorite of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. The birds love the bright clusters of red and orange flowers.

It has similar features to the Trumpet Vine, and many people get the two mixed up. A benefit of the Trumpet Honeysuckle is that it’s not as aggressive and does not get as big as the Trumpet Vine. Because of this, Trumpet Honeysuckle may fit better in your hummingbird garden.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: 15 feet tall x 6 feet wide

Bloom Time: May – June

Scientific Name: Lonicera sempervirens

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3. Red Cardinal Flower

The Red Cardinal Flower is an excellent addition to any backyard hummingbird habitat. I love that it’s native to almost the entire lower 48 states and eastern Canada.

It’s gorgeous when in bloom, providing vibrant red tubular flowers. In fact, the flowers are too long for most insects, and the Red Cardinal Flower relies on attracting hummingbirds for pollination.

It grows best when not in full sun and likes moisture. In the wild, I always see them on the side of shady, northern Michigan streams while kayaking every August.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: ~ 3 feet

Bloom Time: Mid to late Summer

Scientific Name: Lobelia cardinalis

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4. Bee Balm

Bee Balm is a smaller, perennial flower. Hummingbirds, along with bee’s and butterflies, love visiting these plants to get nectar. It’s native to eastern North American and the Pacific Northwest.

There are over 50 cultivars commercially available, representing many different colors. Some are mildew resistant, and certain ones will be better for your region than others, so please check the hardiness zone and do your research.

Other common names for Bee Balm include monarda, horsemint, oswego tea, and bergamot.

Easy to grow, deer resistant, and drought-resistant! And as a bonus, bee balm is also great for attracting butterflies!

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USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: 3-4 feet tall, up to 3 feet wide (depends on which cultivar selected)

Bloom Time: July – September

Light Requirements: Full Sun, but also does well with a bit of shade

Scientific Name: Monarda didyma

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5. Sage (Salvia)

Sage has it all; it looks great in your garden, attracts hummingbirds, easy to grow, and the leaves can even be eaten!

Sage is the common name of any plants under the genus Salvia. Unfortunately, it’s going to be hard to give a lot of specific details about which Sage flower would do best in your backyard.

That’s because there are hundreds of different species of Sage on Planet Earth, and many more cultivars that grow well in hummingbird gardens all across the country.

Sage comes in all different sizes and colors. Some are annual, some perennial. Many are native to the Americas, but the most common, Salvia officinalis (Common Sage) originates from the Mediterranean but is so common it is considered naturalized in North America.

One thing most variations of Sage have in common is they have spikes of flowers that are tubular in nature. And these flowers are great for attracting hummingbirds, along with other pollinator insects, bees, moths, and butterflies.

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My advice is to do some more research and find a variety that will do well where you live. Luckily, Salvia is VERY COMMON at most nurseries.

6. Rhododendron

If you have ever seen a Rhododendron in full bloom at the end of May, you will agree that their display is incredibly beautiful. You can’t blame hummingbirds for being attracted. In fact, my awkward high school prom photos were even taken in front of our large Rhododendron bush that was in full bloom in our front yard.

One of the most popular plants at any nursery, there are over a thousand different species of Rhododendron that have been identified, with the majority of them originating from Asia.

But the Rhododendron species that I recommend for hummingbirds is native to North America.

Its scientific name is Rhododendron catawbiense, and it’s commonly referred to as Catawba rosebay, Catawba rhododendron, mountain rosebay, purple ivy, purple laurel, purple rhododendron, red laurel, rosebay, or rosebay laurel.

It has beautiful, dark green foliage all year and hummingbirds will love the gorgeous pink flowers each May. It’s also incredibly hardy and can survive cold winters.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: Up to 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide if not pruned.

Bloom Time: Spring

Light Requirements: Part Shade. Typically the more moisture provided, the more sun it can handle.

Scientific Name: Rhododendron catawbiense

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7. Lupine

Lupine features beautiful, long spikes of flowers. There are many different species and cultivars available, and hummingbirds should like them all.

They come in all sizes and colors, so there should be some sort of Lupine that fits your hummingbird garden perfectly.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9

Life Cycle: Perennial (some Annual)

Approximate Mature Size: Too many variations to list, but the average is 3 feet tall and wide.

Bloom Time: Depends on zone and variety, but typically May – July.

Light Requirements: Sun to Part Shade

Genus: Lupinus

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8. Columbine

Columbine flowers refer to any of the many species from the genus Aquilegia, many of which are native to North America.

I love the unique look of Columbine, and luckily so do hummingbirds! It’s pretty flowers typically bloom in May, right when hummingbirds are making their way back north, so this may be the first plant that you see hummers visiting each Spring.

It’s interesting to note that insects have a hard time accessing the nectar, so hummingbirds should have this flower all to themselves.

There are many species and hybrids available. For those of us that live in the eastern half of the United States, Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) is a great option.

USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8

Life Cycle: Perennial

Approximate Mature Size: ~3 feet high

Bloom Time: May

Light Requirements: Grows well in the shade. If full sun, provide lots of moisture.

Genus: Aquilegia

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9. Lily

There too many species of lilies to count, but true lilies (Genus Lilium) are typically defined by large, beautiful flowers that grow from bulbs.

Lilies are show stoppers in your backyard garden, and it’s just a bonus that hummingbirds are also attracted to their flowers.

Here are two native species to get you started:

Eastern USA & Canada: Canada Lily (also called Wild-yellow Lily or Meadow Lily)

  • Attracts Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Blooms June – July
  • 3-8 feet high
  • Scientific Name: Lilium canadense

Western USA & Canada: Columbia Lily (also called Tiger Lily)

  • Attracts Rufous Hummingbird
  • Blooms June – August
  • 4 feet high
  • Scientific Name: Lilium columbianum

19 More Hummingbird Flowers!

The nine flowers above are some of the best and most common native flowers that will attract hummingbirds.

But COUNTLESS other plants will also perform well in your backyard hummingbird habitat. Due to time and space, I’m not able to give great descriptions of the rest, but thought it would be helpful to provide a list of other native flowers to check out.

*I need your help! Please use the comments section below to tell us about your favorite hummingbird flowers in your backyard.*

Just a reminder that you will need to do more research regarding each plants zone compatibility, sun requirements, bloom time, etc.

Perennial Hummingbird Flowers, Shrubs:

  • 10. Indian Pink (Spigelia marilandica)
  • 11. Fireweed (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
  • 12. Sierra larkspur (Delphinium glaucum)
  • 13. Manzanita (Arctostaphylos)
  • 14. Azalea
  • 15. Hummingbird Trumpet (Epilobium canum)
  • 16. Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)
  • 17. Golden Currant (Ribes aureum)
  • 18. Scarlet Trumpet (Ipomopsis aggregata)
  • 19. Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
  • 20. Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • 21. Beardtongues (Penstemon)
  • 22. New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
  • 23. Phlox (Polemoniaceae)
    • Both perennial and annual.

Annual Hummingbird Flowers:

  • 24. Zinnia
  • 25. Petunia
    • *Native to South America, but has been introduced and naturalized across North America.
  • 26. Impatiens / Jewelweed (Impatiens)
  • 27. Scarlet Creeper (Ipomoea hederifolia)
  • 28. Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana)

My Favorite Tip When Choosing Hummingbird Flowers:

Select Different Bloom Times!

If you want hummingbirds visiting your backyard all summer, this is very important. You need to spend some time planning out when each of your flowers is going to bloom.

Remember that hummingbirds start migrating north in early Spring and then leave again in late Summer. Your challenge is always to have one of your flowers in full bloom to provide a natural nectar source.

If you want to view my guides for attracting hummingbirds and designing your backyard hummingbird garden, then check out the below articles:

  • 38 Tips To Attract Hummingbirds To Your Backyard

  • The Best Hummingbird Feeders (That Actually Work!)

Final Thoughts

Honestly, this was one of the harder posts that I have had to write.

At first glance, it seemed easy to come up with a list of the best flowers to attract hummingbirds. But once I started doing my research and analyzing the flowers in my backyard, I realized the sheer amount of options that are available and that having a successful hummingbird garden depends on regional differences.

This article will hopefully be a good starting place and point you in the right direction. There are many more native flowers that didn’t make this list, so my advice is to consult a local hummingbird expert or nursery to find the best species or variety of flowers for your specific climate.

Before you go, can you please answer this question in the comments below?

What flowers do hummingbirds like best in your backyard?

Thanks for reading!


A pergola is a beautiful structure to have in your lawn. It makes a wonderful focal point that you can turn into anything space you want – an outdoor dining area, a party space, or just a place where you can relax and enjoy a lazy day. To give your pergola privacy, one of the best ideas is to use plants. And the magnificent news is that there is a wide variety of beautiful climbing plants that you can grow. They will cover your structure and they require minimal care.

Top Pergola Plants

Here is a look at some of the best plants to choose for your pergola:

  • Passionflower – Passionflower is a climber that is exotic and has intriguing white and purple flowers. It grows fast, quickly covering garden structures of all types. If you live in a cold region, you can choose varieties that are frost hardy. For a striking effect, pair passionflower with an early-blooming clematis.
  • Clematis – Homeowners love clematis as it is a climber that is easy to grow, beautiful and colorful, and relatively lightweight. It starts blooming in early spring. You can combine this beautiful climber with climbing roses for a burst of color and quick coverage. You can also combine different varieties of clematis plants that bloom during different seasons.
  • Wisteria – This is another favorite among homeowners when it comes to climbing plants. However, you need to keep in mind that wisteria needs sturdy support and a little maintenance to make sure that it looks its best at all times. This fragrant beauty also requires full sun to thrive.
  • Honeysuckle – Honeysuckle flowers have a nostalgic fragrance and become stronger as dusk sets. There are more than 180 different species and almost all of them are creepers. Honeysuckle is a large vine that grows at a rapid rate. You can plant one honeysuckle plant and easily cover your pergola in no time.
  • Jasmine – Jasmine is without a doubt one of the most intense flowers. You can smell its fragrance from far away. If you love flowers with a strong scent, this is the one you should pick for your pergola. In regions with a warm and humid climate, this magnificent flower blooms throughout the year. In cooler areas, you can grow it as an annual plant.
  • Grape Vine – One of the best plants for pergolas, grape vines do not just give you privacy and shade but juicy fruits too. You can grow this in just about any type of climate. Grape vine varieties are native to Central Asia, South West Asia, America, and the Mediterranean, so you can find a diverse variety to choose from. If you want a beautiful climber that bears fruit, this is definitely a great choice.

  • Trumpet Vine – Called the trumpet vine because of its gorgeous trumpet-shaped flowers, this is another beautiful choice for a pergola. You will trumpet vines that flower in a variety of colors such as red, orange, and yellow. These flowers attract pollinators like hummingbirds and bees. It grows best in full or part sun. Trumpet vine is a beautiful choice for garden structures such as pergolas, trellises, etc.
  • Bignonia – Also known as cross vine and trumpet vine, bignonia is a breathtaking choice for pergolas. It has delicate bell-shaped flowers and is a fairly vigorous plant. It grows extremely well in USDA zones 6 – 9 and tolerates moderate to mild frost. It can also grow in tropics as long as you give it shade from the afternoon sun.
  • Sweet Pea – This is a fragrant vine that has delicate flowers and it looks beautiful in all types of garden structures. It is a salient choice for pergolas. Keep in mind that you should not grow the bush-type varieties if you are considering sweet peas for your structure. Make sure that you plant them in well-drained soil and in the sun. Sweet peas grow best in warm regions in fall and winter. If you are in a warmer temperature area, plant this beautiful, sweet-smelling vine in the spring or summer.
  • Bleeding Heart and Tropical Bleeding Heart – With beautiful heart-shaped flowers, this exotic-looking flower is another excellent choice for your pergola if you are looking for a climber for shade. Bleeding heart requires an area with partial sun and moist soil. It is suitable for cold climates and can be grown in USDA Zones 3 – 9. Tropical bleeding heart, also known as glory bower, has flowers that resemble the bleeding heart and thrives in warm temperatures like USDA Zones 10 – 11.

As you can see, you have a plethora of choices when it comes to climbing plants for your pergola. Other exquisite climbing plants include butterfly pea, climbing hydrangea, bougainvillea, ivy, golden hops, morning glory, kiwi, and many more. Make your landscape even more striking by adding beautiful climbing plants to your pergola.

Make your own Garden of Eden. Make your own little paradise. You only live once. You can make your backyard look like it should be on the front page of a magazine. And perhaps it should!

What are the best plants for your pergola? First, let’s quickly look at what a pergola is! A pergola is an open structure design with pillars which support flat cross beams and latticework, often covered with plants.

People use pergolas as a trellis with climbing plants on a walkway or protecting some outdoor living space. The best pergola plants grow fast covering the structure requiring minimal care. Pergola vines and plants vary in size, appearance, and growing habit.

Most of these are flowering plants and vines which add color to the structure and landscape. Some gardeners combine plants with different blooming seasons to help extend the “season of color.”

It’s therefore paramount to ensure that the pergola design is strong enough to support several climbing plants. Although most climbing plants are self-clinging, others require some assistance to attach themselves to the pergola structure.

Below Is A Rrun Down Of Some Of The Best Plants For Your Pergola

Jewel of Africa Nasturtium Flower

The Nasturtium vine is available with various appealing mandevilla colors like maroon, orange, salmon, yellow apricot shade and red. Besides, the combination of green leaves and the colorful flower makes the pergola look very beautiful.

They grow in yards, fences, trellis and as a garden cover. Full sunlight is a requirement for them to bloom from June to September. They are easy to grow and flourish if they are maintained with care.


Henryi clematis has beautiful daisy-shaped flowers has beautiful daisy-shaped flowers with dark green foliage that provide the best sight in summer.

Its flower vines look very wonderful falling over a pergola. The flowers grow best when given direct sunlight.

It starts blooming at the start of summer and is seen throughout the summer. Henryi clematis reaches 6 feet and the flower has a width of 24 inches to 3 feet. This flower is quite stunning with a creamy color that is dark in the middle and it is favorite among gardeners.


The flowers of the honeysuckle have a fragrance that is nostalgic and it multiplies when dusk sets. It has more than 180 different species and a number of them are creepers. It is a large vine that grows rapidly. One single plant of the honeysuckle can cover a big sturdy pergola very easily.


This is one of the best climbing plants for pergolas. The plant will not only give shade and a warm sitting area, but also juicy grapes as well. It can be grown in a variety of climates. The varieties of grapevines are natives of central Asia, southwest Asia, America, and the Mediterranean and therefore the cultivars are widely available.

Blue Moon Wisteria

This plant grows in red, blue, purple and white color. It blooms vigorously during spring and can spread 4 to 8 feet and reach a height of 15 to 25 feet. The vine produces flowers by the third year of planting and needs full sun.

The soil should be somewhat acidic, fertile and well-drained. When planting this vine plant as a pergola plant it should be supported well during the early stages. Blue moon wisteria needs a lot of maintenance and is the best to grow on pergolas.

Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

The trumpet vine has showy flowers that are trumpet-shaped. The flowers can appear in different colors such as orange, yellow or red. They attract pollinators like bees and hummingbirds.

This plant looks great on pergolas and grows best in full and partial sun. The plant reaches a height of 25 to 40 feet. The flowers need sunlight, but the leaves can grow well in the shade too.


Bougainvillea has got climbing varieties that are suited for pergolas. It is disease resistant and pest free. It is considered the best climbing plant for shade. The plant spreads with full elegance even when planted in a small pot.

It grows in equatorial climate and do not like extreme cold weather or excess rainfall. The most frequent cultivated are the mandevilla pink, red, yellow and purple colors, but there are many other colors available. The best season for North America is fall or spring.

Climbing Hydrangea

This pergola with vines is rewarding because of its glossy heart shaped foliage and its fragrant white flowers that appear in clusters during spring to summer.

The plant is a slow grower and it needs training and pruning. Climbing hydrangea can be grown in colder regions within USDA Zones 5-8.

Golden Hops

This is a fast growing vine that quickly cover pergolas and even arches. They can grow to 8 meters long without difficulty. The lime green or yellowish foliage is what makes it beautiful. Golden hops is a low maintenance hardy vine that does well in cold climates (USDA Zones 4-8). Not good for warm climate.

Butterfly Pea

The flowers of butterfly pea are the best food for butterflies. It is a legume and both its flowers and seed pods are edible. The shiny deep blue flowers are the most attractive thing in the plant. It is a tropical vine that grows best in zones 10 and 11. It can be grown as an annual in cold temperate zones.

Bleeding Heart

If you are searching for a climber for shade, the bleeding heart plant is perfect. The flowers are heart shaped and look very exotic. It requires moist soil and locations that receive partial sun. Suitable for cold temperate climates and can be grown in USDA Zones 3-9.

Perennial Sweet Pea

When growing the perennial sweet pea flower over the pergola avoid growing the bush type mandevilla varieties. It should be planted in the sun and well-drained soil.

It grows best in warm zones in the fall and winter. In temperate zones plant this vine during spring or summer.

Sweet peas grow to a height of 8 feet. It requires a lot of attention as it is prone to pests and bugs.

Clytostoma Callistegioides – Lavender Trumpet Vine

The lavender trumpet vine comes from Brazil and Argentina and is a strong grower.

Violet or lavender 3″ inch flowers, produced from March to May in panicles.

The leaves are often simple, on flowering twigs with wavy margins.

The vine wants full or part sun and fertile soil growing in California and Florida.

Zephirine Drouhin Rose

They are among the best climbers with inimitable roses. The canes of this rose plant are thorn-free and they have a beautiful alluring color. The canes are also flexible making them easy to wrap around pergolas. They grow to 15 feet. The unique flowering does not need much sunlight and can blossom well in shadows.

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Trumpet Vine No Blooms: How To Force A Trumpet Vine To Flower

Sometimes you’ll hear a gardener lament there are no flowers on trumpet vines that they’ve painstakingly cared for. Trumpet vines that do not bloom are a frustrating and all too frequent problem. While there are no guarantees that you’ll get your trumpet vine blooming, the following tips may help you understand why there are no flowers on trumpet vines and how to get a future trumpet vine blooming.

Reasons for Trumpet Vine, No Blooms

Lack of sunlight is a common reason why gardeners have trumpet vines that do not bloom. If the vine is planted in a shady area, stems may appear leggy from reaching for sunlight. Learning how to force a trumpet vine to flower will include eight to 10 hours of sunlight daily.


can also be the reason there are no flowers on trumpet vines. This plant takes several years to reach maturity and be ready to bloom. If the trumpet vine was grown from seed, it can take 10 years for it to be old enough to bloom.

Too much fertilizer or soil that is too rich can cause trumpet vines that do not bloom. Trumpet vines generally flower best when planted in lean or rocky soil. Fertilization, especially high nitrogen fertilizer, can create lots of large, lush leaves, but directs the energy to the foliage while blooms are neglected. Fertilizer that is high in phosphorus, or even bone meal, may encourage trumpet vine blooming.

Pruning at the wrong time can lead to trumpet vine, no blooms. Trumpet vine blooming occurs on new growth of the current year. If pruning is needed on the plant, do it in winter or early spring, then allow new growth to be undisturbed to get the trumpet vine blooming.

Why Won’t My Trumpet Vine Flower?

A difficult task for the dedicated gardener is to neglect the plant with no flowers on trumpet vines. Avoid pruning and feeding if the plant is in the right soil and getting enough sunlight.

If you think the soil might be too rich or the area does not get enough sun, take cuttings and experiment with how to force a trumpet vine to flower by using these suggestions.

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