Effectively make use of vertical space in your landscape with a PVC trellis. Most PVC trellis designs are simple to construct thanks to the wide variety of PVC pipe fittings that are available. The materials also are inexpensive and piece together quickly. There are many ways of using a PVC trellis in outdoor living areas and gardening spaces.
Patio Privacy Barrier
Stand a PVC trellis along a border wall on your patio as a privacy barrier. The amount of privacy the PVC trellis can offer will depend on its design and on whether you cover it with vining plants. Certain types of ivy and other evergreen climbing greenery will fill in the trellis to increase the privacy factor year round. If you prefer flowering vines, plant clematis or sweet peas along the base of your PVC trellis. Even without plants, a PVC trellis will help make the patio feel more like a retreat than a wide-open space.
A PVC trellis standing between the herb and vegetable sections of your garden offers a visual separation and adds distinction to the spaces. Line several small trellises or one large PVC trellis between any two sections of your garden. The trellis will not stop encroaching plants unless you build up a barrier along the ground, but the visual barrier will enhance the landscape.
Place a PVC trellis horizontally to create a decorative back for a simple garden bench. Design the trellis for this purpose with rails positioned for back support; be sure the trellis is rigid enough to be leaned against. Anchor the trellis into the ground behind the bench for safety. Paint the PVC pipe to coordinate with the bench. Train any planted material to grow above the normal seating height so that you can rest comfortably against the trellis.
Garden Art Frame
A PVC trellis can be a decorative frame for many types of garden art, such as wind chimes, wind spinners and hanging bird feeders. Fill a trellis with hanging candles to add light to the landscape. Drape strands of beads and crystals over the rails to capture the sun. With a little imagination, your trellis can become a decorative focal point in your yard or garden.
Use a PVC trellis to support tomatoes, pole beans, cucumbers, and other vertically growing vegetables. A thin PVC pipe trellis can also work to support blackberries, grapes and other plants normally supported by wire trellises.