Stuart Price
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Garden trellises are a good addition to your outdoor space so that you can grow your own climbing plants with support. However, there are other trellis uses in the garden, especially if you have a decorative interest and want to make your garden more pleasing to the eyes. Aside from growing providing support to your plants, a trellis is also a great way to add colour and beauty to your backyard or garden while enriching your landscape with flowering vines and herbs!

A garden trellis is perfect for having an intense burst of colour in the summertime, as well as for adding height.

 

So how can you use a trellis?

You can start by planting it up with plants like clematis, wisteria, ivy, or honeysuckle.

A few other ways to use a trellis include training roses up its sides, growing beans on its horizontal arms, making an attractive screen out of them, using them as supports for espaliered fruit trees, or building them into fences and walls.

Now let’s take a closer look at different ideas:

Grow Climbing Plants on a Garden Trellis

A trellis can be used to create a sturdy structure for these plants to grow up and bring colour and form to your garden. This saves space in the garden since you don’t need as much ground area for growing vines.

Here are some climbing plants to try using on your trellis:

  • Clematis – Ipomoea tricolor (Morning Glory)
  • Wisteria – Wisteria sp.
  • Ivy – Hedera spp.
  • Morning Glory – Ipomoea purpurea
  • Honeysuckle – Lonicera spp.
  • Rose – Rosa spp.
Grow Beans on a Trellis

If you want to make the most of your garden space, try growing beans (Phaseolus sp.) on a trellis rather than letting them sprawl across the ground. A trellis can be used as simple but effective bean support. You can make your beans climb on traditional trellis panels or a freestanding trellis. You need to plant the beans at the bottom, and they’ll grow upward as you care for your plant.

Make a Trellis into a Privacy Screen

A trellis can be used to create an attractive screen or a fence panel, breaking up the view in your garden and creating different areas of interest. For example, you might use one to separate your patio area from an unwanted view like the neighbour’s yard while creating a privacy screen for yourself and your garden.

Another idea is to use them as a fence around your vegetable garden, protecting plants from nearby pests and keeping fruit off the ground.

Trellis as Dividers

A full trellis fencing system is also very helpful to separate various parts of the yard. Maybe you want to make a partition between your garden’s flower beds? Do you want to draw attention to some themes in your garden? Trellis panels are another way for the same. Or maybe you would want to install 6 x 6 high-security Trellis fence panels to it.

Trellises add height and privacy without blocking further light. You may add a complete trellis to your fence panel in a front garden. You may also add another piece of fencing to your front yard to increase privacy. The easiest way to divide the garden is to add a fence at one end from the other. For privacy, consider incorporating a trellis fence panel in your yard.

A full trellis fencing system is also very helpful to separate various parts of the yard. Maybe you want to make a partition between your garden’s flower beds? Do you want to draw attention to some themes in your garden? Installing trellis panels is the best way to do this.

Use Trellises as Supports for Espaliered Fruit Trees

If you own apple or pear trees (Malus spp./Pyrus sp.), consider growing them up a trellis. This helps the trees produce more fruit and a more straightforward harvest since you can pick from a single level. You may try growing this on a blank or brick wall to create aesthetically pleasing gardens.

Put a Garden Trellis Behind a Planter Box

If you have limited outdoor space but still want to create an abundant garden, you can put a garden trellis behind a planter box. It’s simple as putting the trellis structure behind the planter boxes; this way, your potted plants or tall flowers will have enough support as they grow upward creating not only a pleasing garden design but also more garden space for more plants.

You may also read: Hedges for a Small Space – What to Plant?

Grow Climbing Flowers on a Trellis for Plain Walls

If you have a wall or fence in your garden, try growing a flowering vine to add vibrant colour to the vertical space. Flowers enrich the garden by adding vertical interest and height.

Also read: Best Hedge Trimmers

Use Trellises as Supports for Herbs

A garden trellis can also be used to support fragrant herbs like lavender (Lavandula sp.), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), catmint (Nepeta spp.) and lemon verbena (Aloysia citriodora).

In this way, you can add a wonderful fragrance to your garden space!

Here’s a list of some other great trellis that supports climbing plants:

  • A Wrought Iron Trellis
  • A Wood and Bamboo Trellis
  • An A-Frame Trellis
  • A Hanging Tomato Cage
  • The Grape Arbor Trellis
  • Saddlebags for Vines
Arched Trellis

A trellis arch gives an understated elegance when used over a walkway, leading to another special area of your garden. You need only to be creative in doing this easy project: plant grapes, gourds, or beans and let these plants create a lively archway for you. The arched trellis could also provide shade when plants grow upward abundantly and could work as a focal point in a garden area.

 

Conclusion

A trellis can be used for adding colour and beauty to your garden and landscape while also enriching the area with herbs or flowering vines. You can use a trellis in many different ways, including planting it up with climbing plants, using them as supports for espaliered fruit trees; growing beans on its horizontal arms; making an attractive screen out of them; building them into fences and walls – there are so many possibilities!

 

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