How to Build a Plant Trellis


Create visual interest in your backyard garden by building a plant trellis. Design this beautiful and rustic structure to draw your eye into your landscape using wood and branches. Use the trellis to grow vegetable and fruit vines during the summer months. Collect clippings after you've pruned to help fill in the trellis without breaking your budget. Support vibrant and sweet-smelling vines like wisteria and honeysuckle. Over time, these stunning vines will create a lush and verdant design.

Step 1

Ensure the surface area is level in the landscape where you plan to build and house the plant trellis. Remove all rocks and debris from the garden area. Rake over the soil to create a smooth and level surface.

Step 2

Search around your landscape and woods for downed tree trunks and old branches to use to create the plant trellis. Branches and twigs are free when found in your landscape and can create a strong plant trellis. Young twigs and branches are also easy to incorporate into hard-to-reach spaces of a trellis because they are easy to bend.

Step 3

Take a measuring tape and measure the area where your trellis will stand to help determine the correct dimension. Consider heavy vegetable crops you'll plant and grow on the trellis to help determine the ideal height. Sketch an outline of your plant trellis to refer to as you begin your project.

Step 4

Connect and fasten the branches together using galvanized wire and nails. Criss-cross the branches over one another until you have reached your desired design. At the intersecting point of each branch, wrap the wire around one or two times and twist the ends together for a secure fit. Keep one quarter of the bottom of the branches to use as the feet of the trellis.

Step 5

Dig a hole into the ground for the feet of the plant trellis. Place them into the dug hole and fill up with soil. Press down around the base of the trellis to ensure it's secure.

Step 6

Plant your favorite plants and flowers around the base of the trellis. Use perennial vines that will come back each year for a long-lasting design. Water your newly planted plants twice a week until established.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always wear outdoor gloves when building a trellis to prevent scratches and cuts.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Branches
  • Measuring tape
  • Galvanized wire
  • Nails
  • Shovel
  • Plants


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About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.