How to Make a Trellis for Wisteria

Overview

Create a wisteria trellis to add visual interest to your garden or outdoor landscape. As a focal point, it will draw your eye into the garden. You can use clippings from pruning to build the structure, creating an interesting and rustic design. Use your trellis to support wisteria's aromatic flowering vines. As the vines grow, the trellis will become an eye-catching and inviting addition to your garden.

Step 1

Pick out a level surface area to house the wisteria trellis. Remove all debris, including rocks and weeds. Even and smooth over the soil surface with a rake. With a level, ensure the surface is flat and level before you begin the building process.

Step 2

Look around your outdoor landscape and woods for old tree branches to use for your trellis. Hunt for downed tree trunks to provide a sturdy and strong trellis. Young sapling twigs and branches and fresh cuttings from a pruned plant are pliable and can be incorporated into the design of the trellis. Cut down any larger trunks to fit into your trellis design.

Step 3

Measure the location where your trellis will stand to help decide the correct dimensions for the trellis. Contemplate the type of plants and flowers you'll grow to help determine the ideal height. Create an outline of your trellis to refer to as you build.

Step 4

Connect and secure the branches together using galvanized wire and small wood nails. Crisscross the branches over one another until your trellis reaches the preferred size. At the intersection of each branch, wrap the wire around two to three times and twist the ends together for a secure fit. Keep 5 to 10 inches of the bottom of the branches to use as the base of the wisteria trellis.

Step 5

Dig a hole into the ground where you will place the bottom of the trellis. Place the branches into the holes and fill around the sides with soil. Press around the base of the trellis to ensure branches are snug and secure in the ground.

Step 6

Provide proper support for the wisteria by attaching rows of wire 4 to 6 inches from the trellis and around the wisteria vines. Use sturdy and durable material such as galvanized wire to provide adequate support for the hardy vines.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant wisteria near gutters because the stems can be invasive and clog the gutters.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Level
  • Branches
  • Measuring tape
  • Galvanized wire
  • Wood nails
  • Shovel

References

  • Ohio State University: Growing Wisteria
  • This Old House: How to Build a Branch Trellis
  • Garden Gate Magazine
Keywords: wisteria trellis, building a trellis, trellis design

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.