Trellis Ideas

When I sat down to write a post in response to Nan’s Garden Design Workshop this month, I thought I had a plethora of information to discuss on the construction and placement of arbors in my garden. But somewhere, a voice inside of me recalled that I already had written a post on this subject. And so it was that I did so sometime last year. Here are the links to them if you want to check them out here and here.

So, what to write about now? Easy. For those of you who don’t have huge spaces but still want to add a vertical accent to an area in your garden, why not try a mini-trellis as an add on to a container garden vignette? I bought this trellis years ago for less than $10. I could never get it secured correctly in a container so I spray painted it a bluish/turquoise color and  placed it among pots of plants. No big deal or effort. It just adds an extra ‘oomph’ to any small sited area in your garden.

And if you want to replicate Giverny, Monet’s incredible garden, with your own unique twist, check out the veggie/cutting garden at Chanticleer! It is exuberant, sprawling and spilling over with colors and textures. But what most grabbed my attention was its arbors. As you can see on this arbor, it is covered with some type of cedar. Others are strewned with thunbergia in bloom along with laburnum and clematis that one can only imagine to be magnificent when they are in play. The arbor below that is also covered with cedar leads from the cutting garden into the veggie garden. 

In this photo taken at Chanticleer’s tennis garden, it is easy to see that the arbor at one end of the garden not only pulls the entire landscape together but also acts as a terrific focal point and is a great place for a respite! 

And finally, I couldn’t resist adding this post of one of three new treehouses recently built at Longwood Gardens. What does this have to do with trellises and arbors? I don’t know. Except that for me, all of these elements circle around in the same orbit. A treehouse, in particular, represents whimsy, fantasy, playfulness and a childlike freedom. I could imagine myself living there…if it had a kitchen, bathroom, insulation and heating!

About Fran Sorin

Fran’s book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, now considered a classic, was groundbreaking when published as no one had written about gardening in the context of creativity, spirituality, and transformation.

In addition to being a recognized garden expert and deep ecologist, Fran is a broadcaster, journalist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender.

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3 Responses to Trellis Ideas

  1. Lisa at Greenbow August 28, 2008 at 6:32 pm #

    Ooo I couldlive there too if it had utilities.  Odd it doesn’t look anything like the tree house I had as a kid.  Just a crook in a tree.

    Lisa-Ain’t that the truth that it is nothing like the treehouses we had or knew of as children? This was the third of the treehouses that I visited that day. And I must say, this one in particular, pulled at my heartstrings not only because of its architectural beauty but because it also has an aura of being a chapel as well….which has always been a dream of mine! Fran

  2. Frances August 29, 2008 at 5:57 am #

    Great job, Fran.  That is a blue atlas cedar trained over the arbor, what a wonderful way to showcase that tree.  I have one that I wrapped around a tall piece of rebar to get it to grow taller before it began to weep downward.  If only I could start over with the garden, mine would be on an arbor also.  It may yet happen if we ever move again.  Thanks for showing this bit of inspiration.

    Thanks Frances. All of the arbors in this garden have been made with rebar as well. I understand your frustration in dealing with an older and ‘settled’ garden. It becomes more difficult to make larger changes unless you have unlimited dollars. But it is still great, as you said, to see such gardens for inspiration!! Fran

  3. Jean August 31, 2008 at 1:39 pm #

    Great inspiration about that mini-trellis. I have a similar one but it’s just too darn short to really grow anything on. But if I treat it as a garden ornament, who cares? Thanks so much for the idea!