Garden Wall Trellis

Garden Wall Trellis

Trellis is most conveniently used attached to a wall. If you are using metal trellis there will be eyes for you to put the screws through, if wooden trellis just drill a pilot hole trough the wood where required. It is generally better to position a wooden block about 5 cms x 5 cms and about 1 cm thick behind the trellis, drill a hole through this block as well and pass the screw though the trellis , then though the block and hence into your wall plug. The advantage of doing this is that it will keep the trellis off the wall and give plant stems the opportunity of growing up the wall behind the trellis. It does, however, mean that you will need fairly long screws – minimum 5 cms, preferably a bit more. Place the trellis about 15-25 cms above ground level, or 10-15 cms above the top of a container. A garden wall will benefit greatly in terms of appearance by having a few plants growing up it, the hard lines of the brick or stone will be broken up and the wall softened and made more interesting. You can grow one or two individual specimen plants or clothe the whole wall, the choice is yours, but either way a trellis will give your plant a firm support on which to grow which will last many years. Metal trellises are generally more decoratively shaped and hence tend to be used for the individual specimen type climbers, and look especially good where the effect is repeated a few times along the length of the wall. Wooden trellises can be used in this way but are also commonly used together to make a larger area of support. You will have an enormous choice of what to grow on your trellis. For individual plants the less rampant roses and clematis can be good, for large areas the more rampant varieties or honeysuckle with its glorious scent so typical of an English summer or hydrangea petiolaris. If you want fruit try figs (restrict the roots or you will never get fruit) or kiwis on a south facing wall, morello cherry on a north facing wall. If you lack winter interest get a jasminium nudiflorum, the winter flowering jasmine. After two years prune it hard and it will reward you with a mass of bright yellow flowers from October till March.

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