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Question: Climbing plant for terrace

Good morning!

I have a terrace in the province of Naples at 100 meters above sea level facing south in full sun.

I would like some advice for an evergreen climbing plant with white fragrant flowers on a horizontal pergola.

Thank you.


Answer: Climbing plant for terrace

Dear Catherine,

you are lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not only for the natural beauty and not that you can find around you, but also for the climate; surely many Paduan gardeners envy you the warm sun of Naples, which warms the garden even in the middle of winter. In your garden you can plant many plants, even some of those that we consider a little exotic, without fear that they will suffer in the cold during the coldest seasons. The first climber you think of when reading at your request is jasmine: a very common plant cultivated in Italy, of Asian origin. But, given that where you live, the climate is so mild, you might think of planting a "normal" jasmine, with which to cover most of the pergola, and then, at the side, in the lower part you could also place a Sambac jasmine ; it is a candid jasmine, which has a semi-climbing development, a little less vigorous than the "usual" jasmine. The varieties "Belle of India" and "Grand Duke of Tuscany", however, have an incredible flowering, the first with flowers similar to large white stars, the second with flowers similar to small roses, camellias, gardenias. All with the incredible scent of jasmine. In the shelter of the shade produced by the pergola, you can also insert a particular plant, not perfumed, but with beautiful flowers, it is called Lapageria, and there is also a candid flower variety; the lapagerie produce buds similar to large bells, they are evergreen, and withstand temperatures close to -5 ° C, unfortunately they do not like the summer sun very much, but you can think of placing one next to the jasmine, which will protect it from the hot summer sun.

Honeysuckles are also very beautiful, climbing plants of the genus Lonicera; the common honeysuckle has white and cream flowers, with an incredible perfume and a vigor that allows it to be grown anywhere in Italy.

If the perfume is not completely fundamental for you, you can also plant a solanum jasminoides, with small star flowers, arranged in white bunches. Or you can choose one of the thousand varieties of passionflower, they are not perfumed, but the flowers are splendid, and there are also completely white varieties. The same applies to bougainvillea.

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