The pergola area beside my Courtyard Garden underwent major changes last year after Cyclone Yasi rendered the existing pergola unsafe. The entire structure had to be torn down and re-built.
That meant every plant that was growing in that space had to be cut back almost to the ground – the Jasminum climber, the two Hibiscus schizopetalus shrubs, the Palms, the Petrea volubilis vine, the Allamanda climber, and all the ferns and Walking Iris. It was heart-breaking having to do that job.
The Jasminum officinale had grown up and covered almost the entire roof of the old pergola … an area of approximately 7 metres x 5 metres. It was cut back to a stump of around a metre and a half in height. Well, finally it’s flowered again, and is now looking quite healthy. It has a long way to go before it covers the new pergola roof, but I’m pleased to see the blooms once more.
The two Hibiscus schizopetalus shrubs were around 5 metres in height and their pendulous branches had reached out over two corners of the old pergola to a distance of around the same. They were cut back to stumps of less then half a metre in height. They have both started blooming again, but are now only around a metre and a half in height and way less than that in width.
The Petrea volubilis vine has come back slowly, but still has a long way to go. As does the climbing Allamanda. I’ve also now added a Jade Vine to another corner of the new pergola structure, and I can’t wait until I see the mix of purple, light green and yellow blooms from these three climbers.
I’ve also added quite a few new plantings in the space at the back of the new pergola. There’s a Wrightia, two Spathoglottis plicatas, a few different Salvias, Ipomea batatas creeper, a Dietes grandiflora, a Eucharis grandiflora and a few Bromeliads. All new plantings have settled in well and seem to be coming along nicely.
I still have to replace the rotting boards around the pond area, and then clean out the pond and start adding some plants, but at the moment I’m pleased with the progress in this area next to my courtyard garden.
Main photo: the Jasminum officinale is returning
Photo 1: Hibiscus schizopetalus at one end of the new pergola structure
Photo 2: new plantings in the area at the back of the pergola
Photo 3: looking across to the pond area under the newly erected pergola
Photo 4: Jasminum officinale bloom