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Just built a 10x12 foot pergola in my South facing backyard in Washington, DC. Want to plant a perennial that would grow quickly, look good and not be too messy below that would provide some shade for seating beneath. Since I'm new to the East Coast, not sure what plants would do best. After research I came up with Goldflame Honeysuckle, Silverlace Vine or Trumpet Creeper but would appreciate any suggestions of other plants that might work. Also, since the backyard space is small, I would love a tree or two, would a redbud tree planted in a large pot work, or are winters too cold? Thanks for any guidance.
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You might also consider the climbing rose 'New Dawn'. It is vigorous, very fragrant, low-maintenance, and disease resistant. If you go with the Trumpet Vine, consider one of the yellow/orange varieties. I would not plant a redbud tree in a container. It would be best to plant it right in the ground. There are many beautiful small crabapple trees that would be nice in a small yard or even some of the small crape myrtles.