June 13, 2013
Q. Can you suggest a vine that will grow on our pergola and will not attract bees?

A. I would recommend a clematis called 'Prairie Traveller's Joy.' It is very hardy, unusually vigourous, and produces small white flowers in mid- to late-summer (unlike many clematis cultivars) that do not seem to attract pollinators. It still sports the interesting seedheads.

Several years ago, I planted one on each side of both our arbour and a seating nook. By the end of June, I found myself cutting the vines back just so that we could walk through the arbour. The nook is a wonderful shady respite when my gardening chores have exhausted me.

Linda Hugli
Master Gardeners of Ontario