How to Landscape With a Trellis


A trellis is an ideal addition to any garden or landscape; it can add an architectural element, a support system for climbing plants and a sense of personalized style. It is also great for intertwining your landscape flowers and plants to your household. There are dozens of ways to landscape with a trellis, from painting it to match your house to providing privacy from neighbors.

Step 1

Provide support for vines and climbing plants, such as jasmine or roses. Position the trellis next to plants that are already in the ground or decide where you want the trellis to go and add the plants according to that. Train the vines to grow up over the trellis, creating a lush and green wall. You can position a trellis within your garden, against a wall or create it as a wall for privacy.

Step 2

Use a trellis for vegetable beds, which can help double your harvest since it provides room that makes the vegetables grow straight up. Place a trellis in the center or the back of a vegetable bed. Keep in mind that if you place the trellis in the center of the bed, the plants will be shaded on both sides at different times of day. Select plants such as squash, cucumbers, tomatoes or pole beans to plant in the vegetable bed.

Step 3

Create an arbor or garden room with a trellis by installing two even trellises at least three feet apart to create a walkway. When people walk through the arbor's gate, they will enter a different space.

Step 4

Add privacy by installing a row of trellises along your property line and planting vigorously growing vines on them to provide a screen quickly and efficiently.

Step 5

Personalize the trellis by painting it, choosing different styles or designs (you can do anything from classic crisscrossing patterns to wrought iron Gothic styles) or adding mosquito netting or embellishments such as butterflies.

Things You'll Need

  • Trellises
  • Assorted plants or vegetables
  • Paint
  • Embellishments
  • Mosquito netting


  • Landscape Trellis Design
  • Landscape Design Ideas
  • Using a Trellis
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Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.