Gardens have personalities all their own. We build them that way. Sometimes what is outdoors is totally different to the mood indoors. It could be because the home owner thrives in the outdoor environment and neglects decor inside, or vice versa. Or it could be that the husband enjoys gardening and applies his style to the yard, and the wife prefers to be master of the indoor domain. Or vice versa.
The garden trellis can be somewhat of a skeleton of the backyard. Upon it grows a plant that likes to entwine itself through rungs and poles in a never-ending quest to reach the sky. The garden trellis may seem to have no personality of its own because it is destined to spend its life hidden beneath foliage and seasonal flowers, but if you look a little closer, you will see that it has probably been carefully chosen by the gardener to fit right in with the style of the space.
Quirky and whimsical
Not every garden trellis has to be built in a lattice design. That is so yesterday! (Although, to be fair, they are so popular that you will find them in a huge proportion of American gardens.) There is such a thing as the pole trellis; yes, a single pole upon which the plant will climb, but because the plant requires something around which to creep and hold onto, there will be some extra elements to the design.
A slight squiggle to the trellis is a boon to climbing plants. Arranged singularly or in groups, these quirky trellises can create wonderful effects.
There are many styles of home that look just beautiful with a classic garden trellis mounted on the exterior wall. With lush ivy growing up its criss-crossing wood, it brings a fresh, alive aesthetic to the house. Flowering clematis vines, like the one shown here, are also a garden classic.
Positioning 3 or 4 identical garden trellises against a wall, fanned out to resemble, a fan or a peacocks spread of feathers, brings a new dimension to the look of standard trellis shapes.
Asian decorating incorporates the concepts of Feng Shui and Zen. You can bring these ideas into your home and backyard by choosing an oriental garden trellis. With a nearby water feature and whimsical animal sculptures placed just so in the garden, your home and inhabitants will enjoy harmony and peaceful aesthetics.
And then you have the garden trellis that is more preoccupied with practicalities than good looks. There is such a sense of satisfaction that can be achieved by growing your own fruits and vegetables in your backyard. Some, however, require a garden trellis to thrive.
Take tomatoes, for instance. They are a confused bunch. They are a fruit, not a vegetable and it seems they grow better under instruction. Fortunately, growing tomatoes on a garden trellis is not only good for them, but it looks gorgeous too.
The benefits of using a garden trellis are many. If space is at a premium, such as in an apartment or townhouse, you can actually grow a vertical garden on your balcony. Also, you do not have to bend or kneel to harvest your crop.
Visit your home improvement store or browse through some landscaping magazines to see the garden trellis range available these days and you will be inspired to install some yourself.
Top photo by Field Outdoor Spaces, Curved Wall Trellis photo by mrfraley, Clematis Vine photo by JMacPherson, all Creative Commons Attribution License