Planting & Landscaping

What Is The Best Material For A Trellis

There are a variety of materials to choose from, from thin twigs to high tensile galvanized steel.

The trellis is part of the garden hardscape and has many functions being decorative and/or functional, from elaborate to simple. The best material for a trellis would depend on what the trellis would be used for, the strength needed and the function.

Adding a trellis to your garden is one of the easiest ways to add vertical interest and maximize your growing space.

Wooden Trellis Ideas


Add fence extension to an existing structure.

One of the best long-term solutions to adding privacy to your property is to plant trees - or large shrubs if your property is on the small side.

For an immediate solution, add a fence extension to an existing wall. Check on the by-laws for height restrictions in your local area.


Growing vertically on trellis.

For added privacy to a balcony or patio area add seasonal plants to a DIY trellis.

Saplings or bamboo poles are an easy DIY privacy screen.


Lattice screens to create privacy or hide unsightly structures.

Fence in garbage storage areas or partition part of the patio to create a garden room.  There are many uses for lattice screens.

Train a vine up the trellis to create added privacy or hide an eyesore.

Related:  Growing Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)


Training tomatoes up a bamboo trellis

Support vegetables on a trellis to keep them off the ground and garden vertically.

Use sturdy stakes pushed securely into the ground and tie them on initially to encourage them up the stake.


Garden Room

Create an outdoor space in warm weather climates for eating or lounging.

This secluded spot surrounded by your garden will be well used in the summer months.


Training a clementis to cover pergola.

Add color and interest in the garden.  Make sure that the structure is strong enough to support a climbing plant. 

Some plants need to be trained up a structure, such as bougainvillea, while others are self-clinging.


Small townhouse garden.

Trellis panels soften the garden and give a sense of space.  The sturdy construction can support roses and other medium vines and create a living wall.

Metal Trellis Ideas

Even the tiniest of balconies or the largest of gardens can embrace a trellis.

A trellis will provide privacy or shelter from the sun or just spruce up your backyard.


Jasmine creeper on trellis.  Green and white gives a stunning effect.

Pergolas, trellises and arches give the garden a english coutry garden feel.

Consider growing plants on a wall in your house.  A trellis will support a vine or climbing plant which needs to be trained up.


Wisteria trained up a pergola.

A wisteria vine is long-living and requires a very sturdy structure. The Chinese wisteria (Wisteria sinensis) is considered invasive in some states.

Choose a native American wisteria (Wisteria frutenscens) or Kentucky wisteria (Wisteria macrostachya).


Cucumber climbing up trellis

Upcycle fencing for your vegetable garden.

A great idea for growing any type of vegetable that climbs.


Ornate metal gazebo.

This beautiful ornate wrought iron gazebo will add another dimension to the landscape.

Garden arch.

Rose covered arches give the garden a cottage garden look and transforms even the smallest of gardens into an interesting space.


Metal or wooden, big or small a trellis or two will add an extra dimension to your garden.

Ornate or just simply to grow a tomato there's something for everyone.

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