Vine Trellis Ideas

A trellis is a structure that is intended to be taken down at the end of the gardening season. Creating a trellis for vine support in an afternoon or less is an easy task. Create a trellis reusing items from other purposes, or build one with new materials. Vining fruits, vegetables and flowers grow well along a trellis, and they look attractive as well.

Lattice Trellis

Build a lattice trellis in a day. Make a frame using 2-by-4s or other lumber, depending on the desired outcome, making sure that the structure is sturdy. Nail the lattice over the frame, on both sides and the top. Grow vining flowers with big blooms on this trellis.

Wood Frame Trellis

Create a trellis by nailing four pieces of wood together to form a frame. Hammer nails into the front sides of the frame, at equal distances on both sides. Stringing twine or fishing line back and forth across the frame and around the nails to finish the trellis. Train peas to climb the trellis.

Headboard Trellis

Use old headboards from beds as trellises. Scrape off any paint before placing them into the garden. Grow beans or grapes along this type of trellis.


Install fencing where you want a trellis, or plant vine plants along an existing fence. Use only sturdy fencing so that it supports the weight of the vines. Train grapevines or an apple tree along the fence.


Placing a tripod of long poles in a garden area creates a simple trellis for peas and beans. Secure the top with heavy string or wire to keep the poles sturdy, and anchor bottom of each pole into the ground. Place a pole straight up, secured in the ground with cement as a more permanent trellis for peas.

Tomato Cages

A tomato cage serves as a trellis for other vegetables. Place the cages in a row over the area where the vegetables are planted. Try training zucchini and cucumber plants over the cages.

Broken Rake Trellis

When the handle breaks off a rake, secure the remaining part of the rake into the ground, handle-end down. Train roses up the handle and through the prongs of the rake for a country-garden effect. Place two or more near each other, and train the plant to "jump" to the other rake.

Stepladder Trellis

Repurpose a broken stepladder as a trellis. Scrape any paint off the ladder before placing it into the desired garden area. Train grapes up the sides and across the rungs. Use a broken ladder as a trellis--even tall ladders. Placed on its side, a ladder will provide support for low-vining plants. Rest it up against a building to hold ivy or grapes.

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