Homemade Rose Trellis


Roses can add a beautiful fragrant touch to any garden or landscape. When grown on a trellis, they can even add an architectural or privacy element to the area. A rose trellis needs to be able to support the heavy vines, training them to grow up and out. There are some important things to keep in mind when building a rose trellis, such as location and making it sturdy to last for years.

Step 1

Decide where the rose trellis will be built. If roses are already planted, then the trellis will be secured right behind the bush. If the roses are not planted, you need to pick an area with partial to full sun, as well as good drainage. On average, a trellis averaging 6 feet tall with narrowly spaced horizontal and vertical boards works well for rose bushes.

Step 2

Lay down the 2-inch-by-5 1/2-foot boards side by side with edges lined up. Begin on one side of the boards, laying down each one and spacing them about 5 inches apart.

Step 3

Lay down the other set of boards (2 inches by 5 feet). Begin at the top of the other board set, and measure about 6 inches down from the top. Lay the first board from this set down, perpendicular.

Step 4

Repeat Step 3 with the rest of the boards from the second set, measuring down six inches until you reach the bottom. All edges need to be lined up and even in both sets. It will resemble a tic-tac-toe board.

Step 5

Secure the two sets of boards together firmly with the hammer and nails. Insert each nail through the top board where it crosses with the bottom. Then, flip the trellis over and repeat the procedure through the bottom set with a second nail.

Step 6

Decorate the rose trellis as desired, staining, painting or stenciling it. You can match it to your house or keep it the natural wood color.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • 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 round-head nails
  • Paint or stain


  • Types of Trellises
  • Building a Rose Trellis
  • Decorative Trellises
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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.