Best Graden Trellis Ideas — How to Add a Trellis to Your Garden

Best Graden Trellis Ideas — How to Add a Trellis to Your Garden

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Neil Landino Jr.

You hardly go there with a stainless steel mesh

Janice Parker stainless steel
Marilyn Pixley

As this garden designed by Janice Parker proves, opposites attract. “This modern, clean stainless steel cable trellis looks beautiful on a rustic wall, as well as on a smooth deck planted with white climbing roses,” explains the landscape architect. Not only are the thin stainless steel wires strong enough to support growing plants, but they appear almost invisible when paired with a decorative wall. Just be careful about where you place the petal (important) on the metal. “We[don’t]put the trellis on the side of a painted wood deck of a house or barn, because when it comes time to repaint the structure, it becomes very difficult,” Parker adds.


Create contrast

Christina Phillips
Jane Bayles

If you want to make your trellis stand out, consider installing a thick wooden structure over your garage or barn. “A trellis is a timeless way to add architectural interest to a garden, as well as displaying a multitude of flowering vines,” explains designer Christina Phillips. “It evokes a kind of romantic English garden feel – and can be kept clipped or left rambling.” Although the white roses here certainly speak for themselves, the bold grid creates a rustic contrast while you wait for those flowers to bloom.


Make a moment

Jancy Parker iron trellis
Neil Landino Jr.

You don’t need a fancy water fountain or a pergola to elevate your garden design. Instead, let your trellis work overtime to provide form and function. “There’s nothing better than an arched iron trellis over an urn planted with apricot vines,” adds Janice Parker.

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Mix and match materials

Janice Parker trellis
Neil Landino Jr.

Trellises often come in a variety of woods and metals, so side-by-side materials can be an effective way to add a homey quality to your garden. Don’t believe us? Just look at this stunning space from Janice Parker. “This 25-year-old trellis is one of my favorite projects,” she says. “The trellis is made of teak with concrete posts and bluestone caps and planted with purple wisteria flowers.”


Embrace your outer appearance

Gina Sue Trellis Design
Designed by Jenna Sue

No sprawling garden? No problem. It’s possible to bring a great garden trellis idea into any home — yes, even one that lacks a large backyard. Here, blogger Jenna Sue affixed two expanding trellises to the outside of her house so her bougainvillea would have a suitable place to grow. Bonus: This tip is easy, affordable, and adds a touch of texture to your stucco facade.


Tree accessory

Gina Sue Trellis Design
Designed by Jenna Sue

Did you know that a trellis can turn any hallway into a grand entrance? Case in point: this tree from Jenna Sue Design. By adding white flowering bushes at the base, the star jasmine that adorns the trellises takes on an exotic character. It is as if the two genres blend seamlessly into each other.

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Wow your walls

Diana Elizabeth Stephen Trellis
Diana Elizabeth Stephen

Blogger Diana Elizabeth Stephen wanted to fill a large empty wall in her backyard with something visually appealing. My solution: Get some floral wire and make a series of diamond-shaped trellises. But the trick is to find the right size.

“We have a smaller diamond trellis in another area of ​​our backyard made of 22-inch diamonds, and there was a lot to maintain,” she says. “Since the wall in our new kitchen garden was longer, I made the decision to make the diamonds larger (42 inches wide) to make them easier to maintain.”


Get back to basics with sticks

Wigwam shaped pea and bean stick trellis in vegetable crop garden
Jackie Parker Photography//Getty Images

Create your own garden trellis with Mother Nature using a series of pea and bean sticks, a technique used to grow peas and (you guessed it!) beans. All you have to do is dig some strong poles in the ground and tie them with some wires or ropes. Although it is a simple concept for function first, it will add an ethereal touch to your growing garden.


Frame your space

Philip Thomas
Michael Mundy

Use a trellis to frame a large window or pocket door, as designer Philip Thomas did here. “It’s one of my favorite ‘tricks’ to create an outdoor ‘room’ in a garden or focus on an architectural element in the house, such as an entryway,” he says. “Whether literal as a net or hidden on a pole, a trellis with climbing flowers adds texture and depth to a simple detail.” The indoor-outdoor lifestyle has never looked so good.

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Go big with your flowers

Designed by Georgia Tapert Howe
Sam Frost

If you have a super green thumb and want to take your backyard to the next level, think beyond the traditional garden. For designer Georgia Tapert Howe, an all-over trellis can be an excellent addition to a pool house, shed, or conversation alcove. “We had an empty space outside the pool house that we built using a plaster banquette and trained beautiful bougainvilleas to climb up the sides of the structure,” she shares. “My clients call it the Rose Den.”


Design your fence

Cube 1994 fence
Cube 1994

While fences are non-negotiable for most suburbanites, they are not necessarily elegant. So why not mix your fence and garden together? British landscaping company Cube 1994 added a row of trellises to the top of the parapet, proving that the only way to go is up.


Go further

Emily Powers trellis
Sarah Liguria-Trump

Speaking of your fencing features, give your hedges a touch of drama by adding a trellis to your raised garden bed. Although it will take some time to grow, you’ll eventually end up with a lush section—not to mention a visual break from your typical fence. Need an example? Take a look at this live project from Emily Bowser.

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Simple yet amazing

Eddie Ross trellis
Eddie Ross

Just because you’ve chosen a simple wooden trellis doesn’t mean your setup will be a snooze. Designer Eddie Ross brought some major visual intrigue to his front yard garden by strategically placing these trellises around small windows. Tip for gardeners Can you pack on the curb? Yes please.


Pair with a planter

Saint-Germain style trellis
Shavonda Gardner

In case you forgot, trellises aren’t the only way to beautify a garden. If you want to create a lush, gorgeous deck, try adding planters underneath the trellis. With a white plaster planter and light wood trellis, this arrangement from Shavonda Gardener draws the eye upward while adding a pleasant woodland quality to this humble shed.


Throw shade with a pergola

In the garden garden
john m. Hall

Take care of your vines—and add a sunny respite to your garden—with a lush pergola. The wooden structure in Ina Garten’s courtyard is perfectly interspersed Clematis. Meanwhile, a simple bench provides a convenient place to relax.

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Design double duty

Charlotte Moss trellis
Eric Streveler

Or if you want to combine a bench and trellis into one structure, follow Charlotte Moss’s advice. “Inspired by the woven chestnut structures of Le Prieuré d’Orsan in France, my willow garden bench was woven by Giles Gillot, head gardener at Le Prieuré,” says the designer. “Miniature pears and apples go well with each rib.” Bonus points: Once the plants grow on this trellis, you’ll have plenty of shade while enjoying the view.


The style is side to side

A trellis with star jasmine flowers (trachelospermum jasminoides) growing on the outside wall
Elizabeth Fernandez//Getty Images

When most people think of trellises, they may envision a vertical structure to help their plants grow nice and tall. But if you want a more wild and natural look, a horizontal trellis can ensure your green plants grow outward.


Beautify things in a new way

Beautiful mess
Beautiful mess

Although a trellis is designed to support trailing plants, you will need to consider its shape before Your greens are in full bloom. Grids and diamonds may be the preferred shapes; However, A Beautiful Mess shook things up with a gorgeous mid-century-inspired iteration. It’s a trip down memory lane we’ll take any day.

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break it

Handyman's Daughter Trellis
Daughter of a handyman

Or if your personal taste skews toward the simpler end of the spectrum, take inspiration from Vienta of the Handyman’s Daughter. Not only does the wooden trellis blend seamlessly into the fence, but the deconstructed pattern also looks like a piece of abstract art.


Choose an obelisk

Homemade by Carmona
Homemade by Carmona

Think of an obelisk trellis as an exclamation point to your landscaping strategy. Whether you add one in the middle of your sprawling garden or place it on your patio, this height-defying structure is a practical way to add some visual excitement. Just ask Ursula Carmona, who made this brass version from scratch.

“I wanted something out of the ordinary for the trellis, and I thought incorporating copper piping into the garden project would be charming and full of character,” the blogger explains. “Copper adds a bit of garden glamor and can create a rustic but elegant look with time and wear.”

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Kelsey Mulvey is a freelance lifestyle journalist covering shopping and deals Good housekeeping, Women’s healthAnd Elle Decor, among other things. Her hobbies include themed spinning classes, Netflix, and nachos.

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