Turn your pergola into a showstopper—and a shady spot—with a lush flowering vine.

One of the most popular ways to add character to your backyard pergola is plant cover. You can train a wide variety of flowering vines to climb right up the sides and over the top. All that greenery creates more shade, and of course, those stunning blooms are a pleasure for the eyes. Springtime and summer meals al fresco become even more special when your flowers are at their peak.

We pulled together a list of 10 flowering vines that grow well in Texas. Some need more pruning and maintenance than others. A few varieties will likely attract hummingbirds to your backyard. You can choose the right plant to suit your lifestyle and your vision for your backyard.


The name’s a mouthful, but bougainvillea is a stunning choice for your pergola. You can count on bright, beautiful blooms from spring to fall, in every color from white to pink to purple. You can even get orange and burgundy varieties. Bougainvillea grows fast, so you’ll need to stay on top of pruning and tie up a few vines here and there. But this plant does great in the heat and doesn’t need constant watering. If your bougainvillea plants are young, they’ll need a little extra protection from the cold. But the mature ones are hardy and can handle a light frost.

Carolina Jessamine

Don’t let the name fool you! The Carolina jessamine is actually native to the Dallas area. This lovely vine will flower in sun or shade. So no matter where you put your pergola, you can count on bright yellow blooms. One important note: Carolina jessamine plants are poisonous, so be careful if you have pets or small kids. Of course, this also comes with a perk: The deer won’t snack on them.


Clematis is a natural climber and doesn’t need any training from you to cover your pergola. Plus, this plant is a fast grower, so you’ll have lots of coverage and purple blooms in no time. Clematis is only picky about one thing: It prefers to keep its roots cool. If at all possible, plant your clematis in a shadier spot.

Climbing rose

If your heart belongs to roses, you might choose a climbing variety for your pergola. These plants may need a little babysitting to make sure they’re actually climbing, or they’ll just become shrubs. This is especially true of the climbing prairie rose. Otherwise, climbing roses are pretty low maintenance and quite resilient. Plus you can choose from a variety of colors.

Coral honeysuckle

Coral honeysuckle is slightly easier to contain than some of its enthusiastic peers. This makes it a great choice for those looking for less maintenance. The blooms of a coral honeysuckle are vibrant and stunning—and hummingbirds love them. You can enjoy the company of charming little pollinators while relaxing under your pergola.


Jasmine is a fantastic choice if you’re in the market for something fragrant. The beautiful aroma of the jasmine flower can fill up your whole yard! A jasmine-covered pergola is a truly luxurious destination—right in your backyard. Plus, in warm areas like Texas, jasmine will grow year-round.


The strange-looking blooms of the passionflower vine may look like something out of the tropics. And while they’re tougher than they look, it’s best to do a little research before purchasing. Some passionflower varieties don’t do well with frost. So if your area is prone to chilly nights, you may want to ask about a hardy variety. This incredibly unique plant is worth it.

Sweet pea

Sweet pea vines grow fragrant, delicate-looking flowers in shades of pink, purple, magenta, and white. This plant does best with ample sunlight. Make sure you ask specifically for the vining varieties of sweet pea so it will actually climb your pergola. Otherwise, you might end up with a shrub!

Trumpet vine

Trumpet vine is a vigorous climber and will cover your pergola fast. Its trumpet-shaped flowers can range in color, including red, orange, and yellow blooms. Trumpet vine tends to be extremely attractive to pollinators. If you love to watch hummingbirds flit around your garden, trumpet vine is an excellent choice.


Wisteria is a beautiful, fast-growing vine that will cover up a pergola in a snap. However, because it grows so quickly, it may need more pruning to make sure it takes the shape you want. New wisteria plants may need a few years to flow, but the purple-y blooms are worth the wait. Wisteria does best on a sturdy pergola with full sunlight.

Which plant would you pick to grow over your pergola? Take a look at your area’s grow zone to see which varieties will thrive in your backyard. The right plant will turn your pergola in a stunning destination.