Trellising plants in the garden is both practical and decorative. Some perennials like climbing roses need permanent trellising which can become permanent decorative structures in the garden. Other plants like tomatoes need support year after year. However, because the tomatoes don’t stay in one spot permanently, the support needs to be easy to set up and take down.
Today, I’m highlighting some trellising techniques for vines and other plants I found recently at Longwood Gardens. I did a post in 2009 featuring trellising techniques for the vegetable garden I found at Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA.
This technique is for climbing roses which have some weight to them when they’re older. Running along the top of the stone wall are fairly heavy gauge wires which are separated by a type of metal spacer. I think this type of spacing could also be done with very large eye hooks.
I love this cloth bag support for the melon. I’ve heard of people using old nylons for this purpose. You could also make your own bag using macrame. A nylon string would do better outside in the elements than a cotton one. If you’re going more green, maybe a hemp one?
Given the brightness of the sky beyond the green house roof, these melon supports are harder to see in the photograph. Wire was run under the roof supports and tied into the wall with a small eye hook (see melon picture above). Then twine was tied to create a cradle for the melon vines.
I saw this twine support idea used at Longview in Collegeville when we visited with several Philly Social Media mom bloggers. At Longview, a frame was constructed with eye hooks at the bottom of the top bar where the twine was tied. I think this technique would work well if you prune suckers on tomato plants most of the time, otherwise, the plants might get too heavy for the wooden supports.
The concept is to wrap the tomato plant around the twine. Tomato plants are not clingy like melon and cucumbers. They may need a little assistance with a strategically placed tie here and there.
Here is a close up of the tomato vine being wrapped around the twine.
I’ve often considered espaliering our fruit trees. This technique is touted both as a space saver and a way to increase production of fruit. Here the metal frames could serve to create a private space in your yard. They could also be placed against a large blank wall as long as the site received plenty of sun and didn’t get too wet to prevent diseases.