Lean on Me
support for foliage, and sometimes they disappear entirely if that's their sole
purpose. Or they can provide an artistic touch unto themselves. Just about anything,
anywhere, from wooden slats on the wall to freestanding posts, will suffice.
Form to Chaos
A trellis can unify and bring order to a busy mass of
plants. One high rectangle, or a screen of rectangles, brings form and function
on the foreground of plants. The classic fan trellis can highlight climbing plants
and provide a background to contrast with the plain brick wall.
Don't go overboard on materials, especially if all you need
is simple support for your plant. Wire mesh is a low-tech solution that will disappear
under a thriving plant.
Whatever's Lying Around
Got some spare 4x4 lumber and a length of
chain? Cut several posts and install them securely in the ground. Then drape the
chain between the posts, and you have a rustic trellis ready for planting.
Buy It or Design It Yourself
home improvement center or favorite gardening catalogues all should carry a variety
of pre-fabricated trellis frames in wood or plastic. These lightweight frames
are perfect for deck or balcony gardening, as well as the backyard. Simply anchor
the frame into the ground or container. If it's tall and needs additional support,
secure it to an adjacent railing, panel, fence or wall.
If you're eager
to use the woodshop, you can easily design your own out of lathe strips. Bamboo
stakes come in a variety of lengths, also from the above-mentioned sources.
how trellises can transcend the tedious garden. Let's move on to plants.
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