Selecting the best plants for a trellis or arch is essential for achieving the effect you are looking for in your garden. Here are a few great choices to consider.
When selecting the best plants for a trellis, it is important to consider the natural habits of the plant. Vining plants are by far the easiest to train on a trellis. A vining plant sends out runners and can easily attach to any surface as their tendrils have little sticky hairs that enable them to grab on. One thing to remember about plants that can grow this way is that most can get out of control quickly and take over an entire area. Be especially cautious of growing vining plants up the side of your home as they can do a lot of damage or even bring on bug infestations. If you have a vining plant growing up your fence or wall, make sure to inform your neighbors so they can monitor it's intrusion. It is also wise to either offer to tend the overgrowth or at least let them know they can feel free to crop it back.
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Growing plants up a trellis can be a lot of fun as sometimes you wonder just how far they will reach. You can attach a trellis to the back fence or wall or have one in the middle of your flower or vegetable garden. You can even build a standalone structure and have plants grow over it with a beautiful patio set underneath, perfect for entertaining. For those that are on the back wall, there are a few plants that do quite well. Ivy is a great choice for trellising, and the variegated varieties add visual interest as well. If you like soft purple flowers check out Snail Vine or for a bolder purple flower, Morning Glory. I love Black-Eyed Susan vine with its vibrant orange flowers.
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Some of best vining plants for a trellis are also the most fragrant ones found in the garden. Honeysuckle and jasmine are two of the most intensely fragrant flowers that love life on a trellis. You can grow these up a wall, an arbor, or in the middle of the garden on a wooden trellis. Climbing roses (see our article on Best Climbing Roses for an Arch or Trellis) also are quite fragrant and grow beautifully up over an arch or walkway. Climbing roses come in many different colors from white, to soft pink, to fiery red. Climbing garden tea roses have the most beautiful scent and the showiest blooms on a trellis. Wisteria & clematis grow very well on trellises as they love to spread out, and are easily trained.
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There are a few fruits and vegetables that love to grow up a trellis and that are fun to grow as well. Grapes and blackberries grow very well on trellises as do tomatoes and peas. Any plant from the squash family can be trained up a trellis, but just remember that they produce heavy fruit so you will need a trellis that can hold them up. Great though for those gardeners that need to grow vertically as they have might have smaller garden areas to work with.
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Some plants that grow up a trellis will need to be fastened to it with flower tape or ties. You can also guide a plant’s vines or stems around the trellis in the direction that you want it to grow. You will have to keep doing it every few days to make sure the plant is growing where you would like it to.
Have fun and try different plants to see what works best in your garden, one trellis at a time.
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TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs says
I never thought about blueberries on a trellis but I LOVE Wisteria hanging on them!
There are lots of plants you can grow for trellis like hydrangea petiolaris, campsis radicans, vitis coignetiae etc. All these other plants which you can grow for trellis.
Penelope Guzman (NY Blogger) says
I always wanted to make a trellis (didn't even know the word for it before, just knew I love the beauty of them and how romantic they look)
Robin Gagnon says
The image with the wisteria is a pergola (sort of a horizontal trellis). The clematis is on a standard trellis.
I love trellises! They always look gorgeous, especially ones up against the walls of the house. Love those flowers too.
My mother grew some cucumbers up a trellis last year and I thought it looked so cool.
Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity says
I never thought to grow fruits and veggies on a trellis. I may need to try this this summer.
Annie @ Mama Dweeb says
This is a fabulous post! I am not a gardener....my thumb is not even remotely green. But I've always loved the idea of a pretty flowered trellis 🙂
We were at home depot this weekend and I am going to get a trellis this year! thanks for the article because its some good thoughts for me.
Marcie W. says
I would love to have a trellis complete with flowers! I'm going to share this post with my husband and see if I can get him on board.
Robin Gagnon says
Good luck. 😉
Trellis' are great for hiding/camouflaging things you don't want seen, too. 🙂
Theresa @ Faith and Family Reviews says
I have a clematis that I am hoping comes back after we transplanted it from our townhouse to our rental last year....hoping.....
Crystal Green says
These are beautiful. I'm not blessed with a green thumb at all. However, this is such a beauty to look at.
Lauren (Lolo) says
I wish I knew what we had on one of our trellis's. They are yellow and so pretty. We have Jasmine on another and they smell amazing!
Liz Mays says
I attached one to my fence in the last house and it was such a source of cheer and beauty. I'm definitely not a fan of vines on the house itself though. Too many ants and bugs!