How to Build a Wisteria Trellis

Overview

Trellis a fast-growing wisteria vine to train it to grow in a particular spot instead of spreading all over. Every spring, this prolific bloomer develops clusters of white or bluish-purple flowers that enhance the beauty of the surrounding landscape and fill the air with a sweet fragrance. Construct an inexpensive 6-foot-high lattice trellis to encourage this invasive vine to grow along it instead of on walls, trees or other garden structures. Once you provide it with an appropriate trellis, sit back and enjoy the sight of this colorful creeper, along with the birds it attracts.

Lattice-Work Ground Trellis

Step 1

Trim down a 4-by-8-foot prefabricated lattice-work sheet to 6 feet. Frame all four sides with lengths of miter-cut molding strips. Hammer wire brads to secure it place.

Step 2

Dig a 2-foot-deep hole over the desired spot and level its base. Dig an identical hole 4 feet away. Lower an 8-foot-tall post 2-by-4 in each hole.

Step 3

Mark positions for fence brackets on the inner sides of each post. Space each equally apart in a straight line, so one is near the top, the second in the middle, and the third toward the end of each post.

Step 4

Secure each bracket in place with galvanized hammer screws.

Step 5

Hold one edge of the lattice sheet and ask a friend or family member to hold the other side. Slide the lower ends of the sheet simultaneously between the top then middle brackets on the posts until it rests securely over the last brackets.

Lattice-Work Wall Trellis

Step 1

Place five 5 1/2-foot-long wooden boards parallel to one another on the ground. Space these 2-inch-thick boards 7 inches apart, making sure the tops are at the same level.

Step 2

Lay a 5 1/2-foot-long board horizontally over the previous lengths, 6 inches below the tops of the parallel boards. Lay another identical board horizontally but 6 inches above the base of the parallel boards. Lay the remaining three boards horizontally between these two boards, spaced equally apart.

Step 3

Drill a screw at each intersection to secure the horizontal and vertical boards together, forming a lattice shape.

Step 4

Hold one side of the trellis and have a friend of family member hold the other. Hold the trellis against the desired wall you want to mount it against, keeping the upper edge straight and the lower side 4 to 5 inches from the ground. Mark points on the wall to mark where to secure the top edges and trellis center.

Step 5

Drill holes over the marks on the wall and insert a hook in each with a screwdriver. Lift the trellis carefully and mount the highest horizontal board over the hooks.

Things You'll Need

  • Prefabricated lattice sheet
  • Molding strips
  • Wire brads
  • Shovel
  • 2 posts, 8 feet tall, 2-by-4
  • Hammer
  • Marker
  • 6 fence brackets
  • 10 wooden boards, 5 1/2 feet tall, 2 inches thick
  • Measuring tape
  • Drilling machine
  • Galvanized wood screws
  • Hook screws

References

  • Black & Decker: How to Build a Trellis Using Lattice Panels
  • This Old House: How to Build a Trellis; Jennifer Stimpson

Who Can Help

  • The Ohio State University: Growing Wisteria
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