How to build a trellis for climbing flowers

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Making a flower trellis doesn’t take any special skill; almost anyone can build one. The function is simple, aesthetically pleasing support for climbing flowers. Roses, honeysuckle, morning glory or any other flower that can be trained to grow on a frame is a lovely way to dress up your house, hide an unsightly fence or create a picturesque pergola. The key is to use your creativity to make your flower trellis a work of living art.


How to build a trellis for climbing flowers

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Making a flower trellis doesn’t take any special skill; almost anyone can build one. The function is simple, aesthetically pleasing support for climbing flowers. Roses, honeysuckle, morning glory or any other flower that can be trained to grow on a frame is a lovely way to dress up your house, hide an unsightly fence or create a picturesque pergola. The key is to use your creativity to make your flower trellis a work of living art.


First, decide what kind of trellis you want to build. Some traditional shapes are cross-hatch, fan shaped or ladder. There are plans available online for download, but you don't really need them. Your imagination will do.


Cut lightweight wood into strips about 2 inches wide. The length of the strips will depend on the design you choose.


Lay the two support pieces parallel on a supported surface such as a worktable or garage floor and glue lightweight wood pieces extending from one to the other about 2 feet from the top and the bottom to establish the width and hold the supports in place. Nail the cross-supports down.


Lay out your pattern on the supports, being careful not to interfere with the bottom of the supports. Use varying lengths to create a fan shape, a complex random pattern or geometrical shapes. The trellis design should allow for one foot of clearance at the bottom.


Glue pieces down and allow them to dry. Nail securely to support structure.


Paint the entire trellis front and back in the color of your choice. You can choose to match or contrast the color of the structure it will be placed against, complement the color of the flowers you intend to plant or use a rainbow of Caribbean colors for a cheery tropical look.


Plant the trellis by digging two holes the same distance apart as the supports and sinking them in the ground as you would a fence post. For added support, anchor the top or center of the trellis against the feature it is intended to complement, a wall, fence or garden structure.


Plant climbing flowers next to the trellis. You may have to tie the vines to the trellis at first. Used nylons are a good choice for ties; they are stretchy and soft and won't rot from watering.


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