How to Build a Rose Trellis


Rose bushes are an ideal addition to any garden, especially if grown on a trellis. This is because a trellis will support the heavy vines, helping train them to grow upward and spread out. This will combine the beauty of roses with a neat accent piece to really stand out on your landscape. Keep some key things in mind when building a rose trellis, such as location and making it sturdy to last for years.

Step 1

Figure out a place to build the trellis where the roses can grow. It needs to be in a place with partial to full sun with good drainage (unless you are growing them in a planter pot directly in front of the trellis). On average, a trellis around 6 feet tall with horizontal and vertical boards with narrow spacing between is ideal for rose bushes.

Step 2

Set out the wooden boards that are 2 inches wide by 5 1/2 feet long. Lay them side by side with their edges even. Start on one side of the boards, and space them out 5 to 6 inches apart, keeping the edges even.

Step 3

Set out the other wooden boards that are 2 inches wide by 5 feet long. Starting at the top, set down the first board about 6 inches down from the top, perpendicular across the boards already on the ground.

Step 4

Lay the second board 5 inches down from the first perpendicular board. Continue to lay boards like this, 5 inches down from the last, until you reach the bottom of the trellis. Keep the edges even on all boards. You are starting to make a tic-tac-toe effect.

Step 5

Secure these boards together tightly with the hammer and nails. Pound nails into the center of the top wooden board, through the bottom one. Flip the trellis over and repeat the procedure through the bottom set of boards.

Step 6

Stain the trellis, or paint it to match your house or garden flowers. Paint or decorate the rose bush trellis as desired. You can paint the trellis the same color as your house or roses. Or you can add embellishments like fake butterflies, strings of lights, or hummingbird feeders.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • 5 planks of wood, 2 inches by 5 feet
  • 5 planks of wood, 2 inches by 5 1/2 feet long
  • Hammer
  • 1- to 2-inch roundhead nails
  • Paint or stain


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