Trellises for climbing plants can look beautiful in any kind of garden. Those who are lucky enough to have plenty of space can line their gardens with trellises or create mazes within their gardens by erecting free standing trellises in closely tessellated patterns. If you have a small garden, a trellis is perfect because it allows you to make the most of your vertical space without impinging upon the grass or patio areas. Scented climbers are also ideal for small gardens, as the fragrant smells will be concentrated in a confined space and you will receive the full benefit of them.
Choosing a Trellis
There are plenty of different types of trellises to choose from. A flat trellis or wall panel is best for thick climbing plants and can also be used to provide privacy and define the boundaries of your garden. Flat trellises can be made using lattice panels, metalwork or plastic mesh. Three-dimensional trellises are called ‘obelisks’ and are usually used in larger gardens as part of the landscaping design. They are shaped like pyramids and can be purchased in a variety of different materials for a permanent garden feature. Think about whether you want to show off the trellis itself or simply use it as a support for plants. Retailers like Buy Fencing Direct offer a range of different trellis styles to brighten up fences and make gardens look really special.
Encouraging Climbing Roses
If you’re interested in growing climbing roses on your trellis, it’s important to be aware of the conditions that these plants need for success. Your trellis should be attached at least three inches away from the appropriate wall. Tie the stems of the rose to the trellis with soft strips of cloth and refrain from pruning until the rose covers the whole trellis. However, you should always cut away dead flowers to allow more blooms to form. When it’s time to prune, do so in early spring while the rose is still dormant. Gently bend some of the rose stems so that the plant is encouraged to grow outwards and cover more of the trellis. Once the trellis is covered, you can snip off branches that are too thick and cut older or weak stems to allow new, young ones to replace them. Don’t cut too frequently, as this may inhibit growth.