3 Things to Consider When Framing a Backyard with a Trellis

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015

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Fast-climbing plants and a well-designed trellis can be the first step to create a backyard oasis. While rose covered-trellises are common in Europe, the gardening structures can be used to support numerous types of shrubs, including grapevines, clematis, ivy and more. 

The style and shape of the trellis is a matter of taste, but there are also practical considerations when picking one out. Here are three. 

Size of Cross-Hatching 
Do you want to create your own secret garden? The amount of space between the latticework can determine how well viewers can peek in.  If you want to create a backyard space that opens to big reveal, purchasing a trellis (or several that line a fence) can impact the sightline of the backyard garden. Covering the trellis with a plant such as honeysuckle adds a web of color and wonderful perfume. 

On the other hand, a large amount of space between the latticework is good for growing roses since they will weave in and out of the space. 

While many people envision an archway when a trellis is mentioned, there are numerous shapes, including a fan trellis and rectangles that can fit in between windows or to create a garden’s accent wall. Some plants also look better growing on particular shape. Clematis and winter jasmine, for example can create a wildflower landscape on the surface they’re growing up. The shape of the lattice hatching also matters for the overall design. A diamond-shaped lattice can make the surface it’s growing on look taller. 

Material and Finish
The material and finish of a trellis can influence more than just the way it looks. A metal trellis may look exquisite, but many plants won’t thrive when growing on top of a surface that heats up in the sun. Wood, depending on how it's treated, will stave off rotting for a number of years. 

Many trellises are guarantee not to deteriorate as long as they’re cared for properly. Also the material may need to be refinished every few years to keep the wood strong. Of course, many more decisions can go into finding the right trellis for your perfect garden. These are a few steps to get you started.

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