Trellis Ideas

– Posted in: Garden Design

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!

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Fran Sorin

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