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Trellis Design

Irresistibly Adorable Trellis Designs to Beautify Your Garden

A trellis is a garden structure used to support climbing plants. Here are some trellis designs which you can use to make your garden stand out from the rest.
Gardenerdy Staff
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2018
Garden Trellis And Path
When you have a garden, you love having people compliment on the way you have maintained it, the trees and plants you have planted, and the layout, etc. A trellis is a good idea to attract admirers for your garden.
If the trellis is unique, people are sure to talk about it. It not only gives your garden a unique look, but it also supports the climbing plants like clematis, honeysuckle, morning glory, etc. The trellis can come in various shapes and styles. Here are some common ideas.
Obelisks
Community Garden with Colorful Trellises
These are also known as the pyramid trellis because of their shape. They are the most popular among all the styles.
The largest style stands at least 6 feet above the ground. They can be constructed from various materials, but wood is used the most. If you want to give it a natural look, you could just stain or coat it with a type of sealant. You can also paint it if you want. If you get one which is made out of rust-free materials, then it will last you a long time.
Freestanding
These are portable, i.e. they can be moved from one place to another without any problem. You can place them in your garden, backyard, or patio. They are very colorful, hence, they can also be used as outdoor privacy screens.
Pole
Pole Trellis
If you have any long pole lying about, then just mount it in the garden. Your climbers will have something to support themselves on. You can also decorate the top of the pole to make it look even more impressive. You can grow a variety of plants on it.
Relaxing Wood
Just attach a relaxing seat or a bench to a wooden structure and you have your own trellis with a seat. You can relax here on a beautiful evening or read a book. You can support a climbing tree or a plant with edible fruits, like peas, or tomatoes, or grapes, against it.
Grape Trellis
Grapes On The Vine
As the name suggests, these are used to support grape vines. They allow you to grow more grapes in a very small space. This kind of structure will be useful to you if you are a grape dealer.
Divider
Separate the various sections of your garden, like your vegetable garden and flower garden, using this. It improves the look of your garden, provided that you set it up properly.
You can have your trellis shaped in your favorite animal, say a dog, a deer, or even a rabbit. You can also use the structure to build a small tunnel or playhouse for your kids; they will surely love it.
Of course, you have to keep your garden in mind and the kind of plants you are going to support with the structure. A trellis which does not go with the landscape will spoil the entire look of the garden. So take due care while planning.
You can also build a garden trellis on your own using materials lying around at home, like a broken ladder, an old tennis racket, or some poles, etc. Instead of just letting them clutter your house, make good use of them.
Just put the ladder against a wall, paint it in some bright colors, and let the climbing plants wrap themselves around it. Or if you have an old, broken tennis racket which you have been meaning to throw away, set it in a pot which has a climbing plant. The plant will use the racket as a support to climb.
Vegetable garden allotment image with raised beds
For the poles, you can tie them up in the form of a tepee and let the plants grow. Even wrought iron structures are popular choices in many gardens. Thus, not only will you save some money, but you will also make use of all your old stuff.
Trellis Wallpaper
Nowadays, wallpapers have become very common, thanks to William Morris (1834-96), an architect and painter. He and his friends were the first ones to try their hands at trellis wallpapers.
It was drawn using a medieval theme with square flowerbeds which was enclosed with a wattle trellis for roses. Some artists also drew birds on it. Later on, however, Morris's wallpapers became very complex.