Trellises: Transforming Garden Space from the Ground UpTrellises are beautiful, varied, decorative features often sold along with tropical plants or else installed or built to accentuate outdoor and indoor garden spaces, adding drama, flair, and support for plants themselves to grow upward, as if up a ladder. While no standard size or approach is used, trellises are very popular for growing vines, peas, roses, or other plants that can be trained to climb.
Upright or vertical trellises are a real option in the garden itself and look great up against a wall as in the side wall, where afternoon sun might naturally fall, further stimulating healthy growth in a heavy bloomer, which tend to look best against the backdrop that is the trellis itself. Upright trellises tend to be in ladder form, obelisk, or tapered ladder, more like a cone than anything. Mostly, these trellises are made of wood, but often the obelisk might be made of iron and decorated with crystals or iron spheres, etc. When choosing upright trellises, try to choose a wall or other backdrop against which to display the plant and support in the form of the trellis.
Flat trellises are extremely popular and can be as small or large as needed, especially since these are often used to secure planted bushes and plants. White lattice work, made of plastic, is a traditional choice that also is fresh and is a striking addition to any garden container or space. Flat trellises lack the complexity of dimensions; these trellises lie flat against the back of walls or other spaces. These trellises are often made of wood, plastic, metal, wire, or iron.
Another interesting garden feature is the use of the fruit or vegetable trellis. These are often planted in the soil next to the plant, so the plant can have support against which to grow and be supported. These trellises are often made of simply metal, which can be planted beneath the planting ground.
More elaborate trellises for fruits abound from sturdy, white, wooden structures to simple use of wire and iron. Wire is the simplest and blends in nicely with most plants.
Almost all fruits and vegetables can be trained against these types of trellises, including ground vegetables like cucumbers.
Trellises, overall, can lend anything from a touch of whimsy to a sturdy presence of stability in the form of granite or other kinds of wood or rocks. While trellises are not necessary, they bring a sense of style and magic to any yard or garden space.