How to Use Chicken Wire on Posts for Flowers


Growing upwards has its advantages in any size garden--to hide imperfections, to provide privacy, to add color or texture to a bare space or to elongate a small space by drawing the visitor's eyes upward, to name a few. Very few plants have the ability to climb spaces on their own, so providing support is necessary. Commercial trellises are available but are often heavy on the architectural design and not right for all plants. When providing a place for vines such as clematis, morning glory or black-eyed susan vine, simply using some chicken wire stapled into place on wooden posts will bring the focus on the plant instead of a bulky trellis.

Step 1

Measure to determine the height and circumference of the chicken wire you need to cover the post as desired. Leave a small amount of room between the wire and the post for vines to weave and grow through the wire, but not so much that it looks too bulky.

Step 2

Cut the wire with wire cutters according to your measurements, snipping each hexagon individually for best results.

Step 3

Encircle the post to your desired height. Have someone hold the chicken wire in place as you staple it onto your wooden post. Staple the length of the chicken wire for durability and to help protect from snagging on metal pieces later when tending to your vine.

Step 4

Plant seeds or seedlings for small vine varieties such as clematis, morning glory, black-eyed susan vine, sweet pea, dwarf trumpet vine and nasturtium at the base of your chicken-wire-covered post as per the instructions for your particular plant.

Step 5

Train plants as they start to sprout into your chicken wire by weaving through the bottom lengths of your wire. Once established there, they should take on covering it themselves in no time.

Tips and Warnings

  • Chicken wire is not strong enough for climbers such as roses, wisteria, grapes or some trumpet vine varieties. Consult a garden center when purchasing plants for any specific concerns. A heavy-duty galvanized chicken wire should last for a few years with no problems.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken wire
  • Wire cutter
  • Staple gun
  • Vine seeds or seedlings


  • Ohio State University Extension: Growing Clematis
  • University of Kentucky Extenstion: Small Space Gardening
  • National Gardening Association: Trellising Vine Crops

Who Can Help

  • ATTRA: Companion Gardening Basics
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About this Author

Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University, studying education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills, re-using, recycling, and re-inventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.