Savor the heady fragrance of sweet peas, annuals or an heirloom climbing rose bush supported by an arched garden trellis. The display unit adds space and beauty to the landscape when it is set into the soil at the edge or center of a garden. Vines are trained to grow up and away from the ground using the arch for support.
Trellis Size and Materials
A garden trellis can measure 7 to 9 feet tall from the ground to the top of the arch. Adding leg extensions will increase the height an additional 2 feet. An average trellis is 3 to 4 feet wide and 2 to 3 feet deep. Look for a trellis in a size that will work well for your garden space. Choose from cedar, metal, cypress, vinyl or wrought iron arches that will last for years. Thin wire and vinyl lattice have spaces for vines to grow into.
Choose a garden trellis with built in seats, lattice side walls, sculptured metalwork or wired lighting. Planters add extra space for annuals on the sides of the trellis. Side gate panels increase the size and elegant appearance of the garden archway. Attach a door to the back of the arch for a large garden display. Attach fencing to surround the garden to protect it from foraging animals.
Choose plant vines that will grow well in the type of soil in the garden. According to Garden Gate Magazine website there are at least 66 vines that can be grown on a trellis. Vines such as Clematis, Morning Glory and various roses grow from 4 to 9 feet tall. The gardener can plant a climbing variety on either side of the archway. The vigorous Honeysuckle, Bittersweet, Wisteria and Rambling Rose vines can grow 25 to 40 feet long. These heavier vines require a sturdy, well-constructed arched trellis.
Combinations of vines can be planted at the sides of the arched trellis for a colorful show. The shorter vines can be planted next to a longer, more vigorous perennial vine. Plant vines according to the instructions of the individual plant.
Arched garden trellises draw honeybees, hummingbirds, birds and butterflies to the area. Vines will fill in the trellis and create a colorful, fragrant mass of leaves, flowers or fruit.