5 Trellis Ideas for Your Garden
If last year’s landscaping left you wanting more, turn over a new leaf this spring with a trellis! Few arrangements impart as much character to otherwise blank spaces as a vine-covered trellis. If you need some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite ideas.
1. Use a Trellis to Grow Fruit and Vegetable Plants
If you grow climbing vegetables like cucumbers, growing them on a trellis can not only be attractive, but it can also save you valuable garden space. All you have to do is tie the cucumber vines to the trellis so the plant can climb, and you’re in business.
You can also try this idea with a variety of other produce. These fruits and vegetables are all great for growing on a trellis:
- Winter squash
Some fruits and vegetables, such as cucamelons, are even easier to harvest if you grow them on a trellis.
2. Try an Archway Trellis
Trellis archways are a striking way to segue from the rest of your property into your garden. They will lend an element of dimensionality to the space that you can accent with other curved arrangements.
Just cover the archway in some of your favorite vines, and you’ve got an appropriately organic entryway into the greenest place on your property.
Use Arching Branches
If you have access to several long branches, consider tying them together and arching them on either side of a walkway to construct a trellis. This looks similar to an archway trellis with a more natural allure.
Arching branches can create the feeling that you are walking into a sacred space. This is especially true if your pathway is decorated in a similar manner.
3. Incorporate a Wire Trellis
Wooden trellises look beautiful in their own right, but a trellis also looks striking when constructed from other materials. Wire trellises, which consist of wire arranged in thin bars, are a great way to add a hint of sophistication to any space. They look particularly attractive against wood and green shrubs.
Additionally, you can bend the wire into various shapes so the vines can grow along in a more sprawling manner. This look is perfect for large walls and spaces that need a little attitude.
You can add a bit of controlled chaos to your walls by arranging your wire trellis into a classic diamond pattern. The vines will grow along the wires to create a symmetrical shape.
A symbol of love and purity, diamonds are a decorative favorite and will look right at home in a well-manicured garden.
4. Add a Classic Gate Trellis
To add a serene sense of the past to your property, try a classic gate trellis. Match yours with a simple paint color that you can coordinate with your home and surrounding garden. You’ll impress strangers and neighbors alike and add a feeling of quaintness to the neighborhood — and the gates will look great with almost any plant.
If you have windows overlooking your garden, try planting a trellis around them. This will enable you to grow plants right next to the windows. Window trellises look particularly wonderful with roses. You can even make them detachable, so you can remove the trellises if you need to clean, paint, or repair the building.
5. Construct Smaller Trellises
A small trellis, such as a ladder or copper trellis, can be placed in an inconspicuous place in your garden for a more subtle effect.
A trellis can be constructed from branches, which give it an even more organic character. From there, add some of your favorite climbing plants, and watch them grow. These are perfect for corners or next to an entryway. When arranging the branches, you can cut them to size or leave the ends intact for a more rustic look.
If you are looking to add a few metallic structures to contrast the greenery in your garden, check out copper trellises. They are often constructed from copper pipes but can be forged from just about any copper structure.
And if you’re worried about the copper harming your plants, fear not. This kind of structure does not contain enough copper to hurt a plant.
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