pergola & climbers - do they need support at the top?

(6 Posts)
traviata Thu 26-May-16 20:18:13

I have finally got round to planting up my pergola, and I've chosen mainly twining plants.
I've got akebia quinata, a honeysuckle, a small 'patio' wisteria frutescens and there's passion flower coming in from next door.

They all have mesh to help them climb up the posts, but what about the top? Do they just get on with it along the 6" wooden struts, or do they need something narrow to twine around?

Liara Thu 26-May-16 20:21:10

They need something narrow to twine around, something like wire.

traviata Thu 26-May-16 22:04:19

Thankyou Liara - time for me to get the ladder out again.

shovetheholly Fri 27-May-16 08:21:05

A shout out for one of my favourite gardening products - Gripple wire. It is much, much easier to install and to tension than ordinary wire.

traviata Fri 27-May-16 09:36:12

have just googled Gripple - it looks ideal.

shovetheholly Fri 27-May-16 10:08:53

It's so easy - has saved me hours of swearing and crying!

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