Climbing Plants that Smell Fantastic – Perfect for Pergolas

Landscape Design Pergolas
Planting a climbing plant on a pergola offers additional shade.

Feel like your backyard could use a little pizazz? Have a vacant archway or pergola? Consider adding a fragrant climbing plant to fill in the gaps. It will provide shade, color, and sweet smells to any well designed landscape. Before we get all flowery,
let’s talk about pergolas.

Pergolas By All Oregon Landscaping

Trellises, Arbors, and Pergolas add beauty and dimension to any backyard, walkway or garden setting. These structures, which are all custom made, can set the theme for your yard. All Oregon

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Pergola designed by All Oregon Landscaping.

Landscaping can meet your design style using building materials such as wood or metal to enhance any style – modern, contemporary, or traditional look. Our landscape designers, Elida and Carl can help you choose and select the best combinations for your outdoor space. Here are some of the best reasons to consider adding a pergola to your landscape design plan:

  • They can create shade
  • They offer a nice respite for the ultimate intimate space for reading a hot tub, or child’s play area
  • Pergolas can help break up a large yard and give the eye a central location to focus on
  • It is a great space to house a barbecue grill or other outdoor cooking appliances

Okay, now that you are convinced a pergola is a good idea – here’s some of our favorite options for climbing plants for a new pergola.

Top 5 Sweetest Smelling Climbing Plants

jasmine is great for planting around pergolas
  1. Jasmine – with pink flowers flushed white, Jasmine is among the best pergola climbers for both fragrance and visual appeal. A twisting semi-evergreen, it gives a dense cover in sun and produces a strong, heady scent through summer.
  2. Herald’s Trumpet – The shape of the scented, white flowers gives the evergreen Herald’s Trumpet its common name. It flowers from late spring to summer.
  3. Wisteria – Wisteria is a large, woody, deciduous climber that can live for many years once established. It produces white, hanging flower clusters up to two feet long with a wonderful fragrance.
  4. ‘Wedding Day’ Climbing Rose – Single blooms are produced in clusters, beautifully combined with luscious dark foliage. The buds are creamy-yellow in color, then quickly turn white. With fine, glossy foliage this climbing rose is known for its excellent fragrance.
  5. ‘New Dawn’ Climbing Rose – This popular rose is medium sized with silvery blush-pink flowers. It contains plentiful, healthy, glossy foliage with a lingering sweet, fruity fragrance.

Now you have the perfect combination: a new pergola and a sweet smelling yard. Remember, All Oregon Landscaping can help design, install, and plant climbing plants to make your pergola perfect with no effort on your part, except in the design of course! We build pergolas in Portland, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Sherwood, and more – just ask!

Jasmine photo by C T Johansson (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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