Ideas for trellises

Trellises are a useful garden element that can hold trailing vegetable plants like sweet peas or flowering plants like clematis or rose bushes off the ground. Although store-bought trellises are attractive, making your own trellis is more budget-friendly and brings your personal touch to your yard or green space.When you set out to create architecture for vining plants, you should design your garden space as carefully as you would your interior living space.


Find fence pieces at architectural salvage shops or yard sales and make shabby-chic trellises perfect for a cottage garden. Ideal for attaching rose bushes, clematis or morning glories, the fence shape poking through the foliage will warm up your garden space in an eye-catching way. Sand off rough edges and peeling paint and then simply lean them against a wall or plant them firmly in the ground.

Found branches

Walk through your local parkway or personal acreage to get what you need to create your own organic tree-branch trellis. Collect a variety of long tree branches and lay into a traditional triangular "spray" pattern or loosely woven palette design. Secure branches at connecting junctions with string or wire and rest up against a house or garage. Attach branches both vertically and horizontally to give it strength.

Window frames

Use old glass-less window or "storm door" frames to create useful trellises. Sand down rough edges and peeling paint then rest against a house or garage to hold pea or bean vines, rose bushes or flowering vines. You can also paint window frames to match your house colors to further coordinate your trellis designs.

Spider web trellis

Recycle old wood moldings and use raffia cord or string to create a chaotic web-like trellis perfect for a variety of flowers or vegetable vines. Place the molding pieces in the ground at odd angles, then weave string throughout the frame. Place plants at intervals near the trellis and train to climb it.

Old Piping

Construct your own abstract sculpture with old metal plumbing pipes including elbows, nozzles and rusty fittings. Stabilize your art-trellis by pushing the bottom pipes firmly into the soil and train sweet peas or flowering vines to climb around the maze-like arrangement. The more creative and twisty your pipes are, the more interesting your garden trellis will be.

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About this Author

Diane Steinbach has been writing for a variety of professional, educational and entertainment publications for over 15 years. Her work consists of three books on art therapy including : "Art as Therapy: Innovations, Inspiration and Ideas" (Steinbach, 2005.) She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in art therapy and behavioral science from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.