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I would like to thank sincerely the following gardeners who kindly responded to my question about growing the Lady Boothby climbing fuchsia over a pergola : Scotsgran; Hywel; Seaburngirl. What you say has convinced me that the Lady Boothby is not suitable for my pergola, with all the tying of stems, very high up, which would be involved ! I now have another question, please : In "The Times" recently, a Plant of the Week was being featured. This was Fuchsia magellanica, which grows over a pergola at Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, and is a beautiful sight. Would this one have tendrils, or would it be a case of having to tie the stems, as with the Lady Boothby ? I would be so grateful for your advice, please. Thank you very much indeed.

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No Fuchsias have tendrils and thus are self clinging. The one at Penrhyn Castle gardens (beautiful place) are carefully tied in, a long and tedious process. So if you want one over a Pergola be prepared for some time spent with a ball of soft twine and a pair of scissors.

10 Apr, 2010


F. magellanica is a beautiful plant, but it forms a bush, and in a sheltered area, gets pretty large. As Owdboggy says, there are no fuchsias with tendrils for climbing - they're not climbers, whatever the advertising says!

10 Apr, 2010


Thank you so much for your informative answers re my query on Fuchsia Magellanica to cover a pergola. In view of what you say, that no fuchsias have tendrils, I shall opt for something else, with rather less work involved - hopefully ! Do you have any suggestions, please, in order to give a really good show of colour for my pergola ? It is beautifully constructed and is sited in a lovely, sunny position. I live in Greater London (Surrey).

I have already tried a few clematis plants, including Montana, but with disappointing results. So thought I would start again from scratch. Roses seem to grow very well in my garden, so maybe a climbing rose would be the answer ? Or perhaps Wisteria, which I love, although would the pruning of this be a trifle difficult ? I am now elderly and have no-one to help with my garden, so need to select with care.

I would value any suggestions. Thank you very much indeed.


10 Apr, 2010


Unless it is a huge Pergola Clematis montana is not the right one to choose, it gets BIG.
Wisteria does need a lot of pruning, even though it is only twice a year.
Rose, well everyone knows my opinion of those. They do need tying in and they have thorns. Yucky things.
So, if your garden is not too cold how about a Passion flower?
If you decide on the Clematis, then go for something like one of the viticella types, they are cut to the ground in Februay and all the old top growth discarded.

10 Apr, 2010


How about Morning Glory as annnual plant for your pergola. They are a twining climber that is busy for a season and then can be pulled down quite easily once the stems have dried out. Just a thought .....rather than growing something that gets away from you when you are three years older than you are now!!!!! My neighbour grew them last summer and they were amazing

11 Apr, 2010


Very many thanks for your helpful suggestions. I think I shall go for either the Morning Glory or Passion flower to cover my pergola.

With sincere appreciation to you both.


11 Apr, 2010


Another suggestion - as long as your garden isn't too exposed and particularly freezing - Trachleospermum jasminoides - evergreen, fragrant climber.

12 Apr, 2010

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