Instructions for a Rose Trellis


A trellis is a structure that lifts climbing vines off the ground so they grow upwards. Depending on personal taste, make trellises from wood, metal, aluminum, PVC pipes, wire mesh or any material of your choice, and insert in the ground, or suspend from a wall or fence. Plant climbing rose seedlings at its base and watch them spread and grow over the trellis, filling it with vibrant color and beauty. Create a simple lattice trellis to support roses while enhancing the beauty of a particular spot and filling it with color.

Step 1

Inspect the desired planting site to determine the available space, so you make your trellis accordingly. Decide the number of horizontal and vertical boards you need for your rose trellis, and the spacing between them. Also decide the height, which should ideally be up to 6 feet above-ground, with 2 feet under the ground to support the structure and the weight.

Step 2

Spread six 1-by-2 wooden boards on a flat surface, spaced 2 inches apart. Keep them parallel to each other. Spread another six identical boards horizontally over these boards, spaced 2 inches apart.

Step 3

Secure the boards by drilling a wood screw at each intersection so you have a lattice structure.

Step 4

Measure and mark an inch downwards at the upper corner of the first vertical board.

Step 5

Lay a length of 1-by-2 board horizontally over the mark, so it extends over the tops of all the vertical, parallel boards.

Step 6

Drill a wood screw at each intersection to secure the horizontal 1-by-2 to the wooden board underneath. If it falls short at any point, place another identical board flush against it edge and continue drilling it in place at each intersection. Repeat this procedure until you frame the entire top of your trellis, and cut excess off with a hand saw. Also repeat the procedure to provide the lower edges of the trellis a horizontal frame.

Step 7

Measure and cut two lengths of 1-by-2 wooden board 2 feet longer than the vertical boards. Stand one length at the left corner of the lattice structure, under the horizontal frame, and secure with wood screws. The excess 2-foot length after the last screw serves as the 'legs' of the trellis and will be pushed underground. Repeat the procedure to secure the second identical vertical board to the other side of the structure.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 5-foot-long 1-by-2 wooden boards
  • Drilling machine
  • Wood screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Marker
  • 1-by-2 wooden board


  • Rose Gardening Made Easy: How to Build a Trellis
  • "The Ultimate Rose Book: New Expanded Edition"; Stirling Macoboy, 2007
Keywords: rose trellis, simple rose trellis, lattice trellis

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