companion planting and design. grow wisteria vine up a pillar, arbor, pergola or strong fence. it makes a great cover for shade structure. plant it in the back of a perennial border behind shrubs and perennial flowers, such as roses, hydrangea and bee balm. wisteria can also be trained up an old tree to give the appearance of new life.
most gardeners are unaware of the wide range of characteristics offered by wisteria species and their cultivars in terms of bloom season, fragrance, length of flower clusters racemes , flower colors, fall foliage. if you wish to cover a pergola, the best effect will be obtained by wisterias with long racemes.
wisteria grows in various colors too such as red and blue and can reach as high as 25 feet. during its development stage, you will need to support it properly to your pergola. wisteria may require regular maintenance as they can become hefty. make sure your pergolas are made of sturdy materials to support this plant. another popular fragrant climbing plant perfect for pergolas is sweet pea.
replace the soil and cover the bottom of the cutting where the roots will grow. cover the pot with plastic. this will keep the soil moist and warm, and this will help the wisteria to take root. you can either wrap the entire pot in a plastic bag, or cover the top with a plastic bag or plastic wrap.
caring for wisteria. each spring, apply a layer of compost under the plant and a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. some gardeners swear by phosphorus to aid with flowering. scratch a couple of cups of bone meal into the soil in the spring and then add some rock phosphate in the fall.
growth habit. wisteria is a vigorous vine, so plant only one on each side of the arbor, either at the base of a post or in the middle of the two side posts. as the plants grow, their stems reach up and out until they find something to climb on, and they naturally begin to twine around the posts.
the most important factor to consider when growing wisteria is location. wisteria is a twining vine that requires sturdy support and regular pruning to keep it under control. open areas surrounded by lawn that can be easily mowed are ideal for growing wisteria. wisteria doesnt fair well in cold so make sure it receives plenty of sunlight.
training a new wisteria on a pergola. to do this, attach a 14-gauge galvanized or similar wire using eye hooks, spaced about 18 inches apart, along two opposite sides of the post or on all four sides for extra support . as the shoots grow, tie them as needed to the wire using gardening twine.
botanical name: wisteria. flower colors: beautiful clusters of purple, blue, white, or pink blossoms. size: varies according to species and location; some grow to 40 feet or more. wisteria that is grown as a vine should be pruned and trained to control size and shape and to produce a strong trunk.
wisteria can grow to en enormous size. left unchecked, it can grow to a height 15 feet or more. the older it gets, the better it blooms. wisteria is invasive if not pruned properly and often. remember to plant it away from paths and house foundation. remove fresh shoots throughout the summer, to keep them under control.