How to Build a Trellis for Climbing Roses


Climbing roses are a beautiful addition to any garden, and help provide coverage, color and fragrant floral scent to your landscape. Building a trellis for roses is an ideal way for them to grow strong and healthy. A trellis can be built next to a fence or wall.

Step 1

Set up your supplies on a level space, such as your driveway. Position five of the wooden boards horizontally in a row, with the ends evened up, about 2 inches apart.

Step 2

Take the other five boards and set them in a criss-cross pattern, either diagonally or vertically, to create the trellis design. Make all the boards about 2 inches apart.

Step 3

Use hammer and nails to secure each top board to the one it is resting on below. Continue until you have made the trellis one piece, like a fence.

Step 4

Stain or paint the trellis in your desired color. Let dry.

Step 5

Tie each corner of the trellis to a wooden fence with galvanized steel wire, or else insert hooks from the hardware store into the wall or side of the house, right above where the climbing rose bush is planted in the ground and secure the trellis on the hooks. Make sure the bottom of the trellis is about 4 inches above the climbing rose.

Things You'll Need

  • Ten 1-inch-by-1 1/2-inch boards
  • Hammer
  • 2-inch roundhead nails
  • Paint or stain
  • Hooks
  • Steel wire


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Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.