Pergola climbers and base plants
I have just had a pergola walkway built, size 36' x 6'. It runs most of the width of the garden and is east facing on one side, and west facing on the other. There are 7 upright posts on each side, and the gaps are filled with 6'x6' wooden trellis.
I'm looking for advice on climbers - what to plant on each side. I'm tempted by clematis Rebecca and clematis Romantika, passionflower Amethyst, confederate jasmine, climbing hydrangea, a red and green grapevine, and a hop. Any thoughts? Definitely no roses though - I seem to kill them as soon as look at them!
I also need plants to put at the base of the structure - both inside and outside the trellis. There is a paved path going through the centre of the walkway, but the borders are 2' wide each side. I've got no idea about these. The inside ones will get lots of shade, the outside ones a fair bit of sun. I don't want anything too high, so maybe just up to 2' tall, and preferably low maintenance - I think I'll have my work cut out with the climbers!
Any thoughts gratefully received!