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Growing plants vertically using an arbor or trellis creates a charming effect in the garden. They provide a scenic focal point or highlight in the garden around which you can design patios, seating areas, walkways and flowerbeds. This can be especially important when you have a rather flat, sparse yard void of any naturally occurring height to draw your attention.

A climbing plant is one that needs support to keep growing and reach maturity. Climbing plants grow in different ways. Some plants, like Morning Glory, twine around a support to continue growing upward, while others, such as Passion Vine, use tendrils to attach to a support. A few plants, like roses, need to be attached to a support and trained to grow where you want them.

There are many advantages to growing plants vertically; saving space is the most popular. Small gardens are perfect for growing climbing plants because they use space very efficiently and even make it possible to grow some fruits and vegetables. Produce grown vertically is easier to harvest and stays cleaner than those grown on the ground. Even gardeners without any ground can grow a vine by using a container at the base of a trellis on the patio. Another wonderful advantage to vertically grown plants is better air circulation, which minimizes diseases.
 
 
 
 
  Plants that adapt well to growing on a garden trellis or garden arbor include:
  • Peas
  • Pole beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Trumpet vine
  • Wisteria
  • Roses
  • Clematis
  • Cantaloupes
  • Honeysuckle vine
  • Climbing hydrangea
  • Ivy

Check with your local county extension for recommendations about native or adapted plants for your area and avoid vines that can become invasive. Arbors and trellises come in many styles and are made from a variety of durable, long lasting materials like wood, metal or vinyl. A metal trellis, for example, can withstand the harshest of weather conditions but still look unique. There is certainly one available to compliment the look of your home and garden.


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