How to Construct a Rose Trellis


A rose trellis is both decorative and functional, supporting climbing rose vines as they grow upward, and also screening out areas in your yard or garden where you want to maintain privacy. This structure is usually made out of wood and is a beautiful addition to any garden, adding color to the space and giving it a neat appearance. Depending on the space available, you can build a freestanding structure or a supported one next to a fence or wall.

How to Construct a Rose Trellis

Step 1

Decide where you want to place the trellis so you get an idea of how high you want to make it and the appropriate spacing between the boards. You can cut them to size using a circular saw, or buy them already cut. Ideally, a trellis should be about 5 to 6 feet in height, with vertical and horizontal, or crisscross, boards spaced evenly in between. A rose trellis needs sufficient spacing so the vines and canes are encouraged to grow both horizontally and vertically.

Step 2

Separate six 1-by-1-1/2-inch boards from the bundle and lay them on a clean level ground 1 inch apart. Place the other six boards horizontally over these, spacing them 1 1/2 inches apart.

Step 3

Attach the horizontal and vertical boards to one another by drilling 1-inch galvanized wood screws at each point where they meet, to secure them together. You also could insert 1-inch-long staples at each intersection with a staple gun.

Step 4

Use a measuring tape to mark down 2 inches from the top of the first vertical board with a colored pen. Place a 1-by-2-inch board over the mark horizontally and drill it over the boards every 8 to 10 inches with galvanized wood screws. If it falls short, lay another board in line with it and continue drilling it to secure it to form the upper frame for your rose trellis.

Step 5

Measure and mark 2 inches upward from the base of the first vertical board and attach a lower frame for your trellis the same way.

Step 6

Take 12 to 14 inches of galvanized steel wire, insert it through a corner of the trellis and extend it to a fence. Twist it around several times so it is secure. Repeat the process with the three corners. Your trellis is now firmly attached to a fence and ready to support climbing rose vines.

Things You'll Need

  • 12 5-feet-long, 1-by-1-1/2-inch wide treated lumber boards
  • Protective eyeglasses
  • Earplugs
  • Circular saw
  • Drilling machine
  • 1-inch galvanized wood screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Colored pen
  • 1-by-2 boards of treated lumber
  • 4-1/2-foot-long galvanized steel wire


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