How to Decorate With Trellises


Add another dimension to your garden by decorating your trellis or planting vines to climb it. Because many vines are perennials, they will provide color year after year. Their climbing nature will make your trellis an ever-changing focal point.

Step 1

Decide on a trellis design. Creeping vines lend a quaint effect, while modern designs might involve a minimalistic look. Drape a piece of white fabric over the trellis as a makeshift wall or partition.

Step 2

To create a rustic and natural design, fill two containers with 1/2 potting soil and 1/2 compost. Mix the two materials with a garden spade. Dig into the soil at the base of the trellis and create one hole per container.

Step 3

Remove the vines from their containers and break up the root structure with your hands. This will help the vines become established and soak up the nutrient-rich compost.

Step 4

Dig a hole in the container mix and insert one vine, pressing down firmly to secure the plant. Insert both containers in the ground.

Step 5

Train the vines to grow up the trellis by attaching them with garden wire. Blooming vines like moonflowers and jasmine are very fragrant, and they climb well.

Step 6

Water your plants twice a week or until they are fully established. As the vines grow, use the garden wire to create new designs.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellis
  • Containers
  • Potting soil
  • Compost
  • Spade
  • Garden wire
  • Creeping vines


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About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.