If your pergola dreams of adorning itself with a green coat, the vitis, or real ornamental vine, is like the tailor-made suit for it. This vine is not only a talented climber, but also a decorative artist, capable of clinging to your pergola with the elegance of an acrobat. Its tendrils, like little hands, naturally cling to the structure, transforming your pergola into a green tunnel, a plant spectacle that evolves with the seasons.
For a pergola, the recommended vine varieties often depend on the climate and the desired aesthetic effect. Fast-growing vines like Vitis coignetiae or Vitis vinifera (common vine) are popular for their dense foliage and sometimes fruit. Varieties with decorative foliage like Vitis 'Purpurea' can also be an attractive choice. It is advisable to select a vine suited to your climate and gardening needs.
What is the best vine variety?
In the grand ball of the vines, the Muscat of Hamburg is a bit like the king of the slopes. This table grape, with its bluish-black seeds, is like nature's candy: juicy, sweetly fragrant and slightly musky. Its large clusters are a promise of delight, although they are a little capricious in terms of conservation. When ripe at the end of August, they are like the final bouquet of summer fireworks. Planted under your pergola, Hamburg Muscat is not just a pleasure for the eyes, but also a celebration of taste.
How to make a vine climb a pergola?
Climbing a vine over a pergola is a bit like directing a talented young dancer on stage. At planting time, judicious pruning to two buds, or “eyes,” is the first step in this choreography. The branches that emerge from it are the arms of the vine, which you can guide along the pergola posts, gently securing them as they climb. It's a bit like creating a dance between the plant and the structure, a performance that evolves with the seasons.
Are all vines climbing?
All vines have the potential to become star climbers, but it's how they are pruned and trained that determines their destiny. It's a bit like training an athlete: with the right coaching, any vine can transform into a champion climber. The choice of grape variety therefore depends on your personal taste, especially if you plan to enjoy the fruits of your labor. After all, the vine is not only a decoration, but also a source of juicy and sweet delight.
What distance between each vine?
Planting vines is a bit like throwing a dance party: you want everyone to have enough room to move. In general, a distance of around 1.5 meters between rows and 1 to 1.2 meters between vines is ideal. This allows the vines to breathe and the clusters to bask in the sun, promoting healthy and vigorous growth. It's kind of like making sure each guest at your party has their own bubble of space to shine.