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19 December

Alternatives to wooden garden trellises
Having a conscience about being environmentally friendly whenever possible can have an effect on the way we decorate the interior of a home, and the way that we manage the garden.

Sticking with custom
The garden has always been seen as a conventional place by most of us, with the focus being on what to plant. But the garden should be viewed more as an extension of the home, an outdoor room, which needs furniture of its own.

A few Italianesque style statues, a bench, a table and chairs, perhaps even some gnomes! These have been the usual garden furniture. Trellises, of course, have also played a part, but they have usually been bought from a garden centre, and consequently all look much the same. What better way to make use of unwanted items and enjoy the opportunity to be a little creative, than crafting some homemade and truly original trellises.

Creative furniture for the garden
It is undeniable that trellises are a useful prop in the garden, but why do they always have to be made only from wood? Have some copper pipe lying around? Then fix the lengths together to create a shiny and attractive framework that will need practically no maintenance. The copper will weather nicely, over time attaining a greenish patina that will look quite natural and be quite at home in the garden.

A ladder no longer fit for purpose would make an excellent trellis. Just cut it down to the correct size and attach to a wall or fence, or just stick a freestanding ladder where the plant is to grow. Plantation shutters would also work extremely well. These have the advantage of being available in a wide range of uniquecolours and finishes, so they could even be colour coordinated to suit the look of the garden. A single shutter could be attached to a fence or wall, or several of them could be fitted together to create a freestanding trelliswork. They would also work well as places to hang potted plants.

More unusual trellis creations
For those who do have a lot of old junk lying around the home, or perhaps those who enjoy scouring reclamation and salvage yards looking for hidden treasures, some discarded household items would also work well as trellises. An old-fashioned iron bedframe attached to a wall or fence would work. Even large chains, strung and hung together, would provide a great framework for growing plants. Old window frames could also be used, grouped together to create a more open trelliswork, or wire baskets left over from the kitchen cupboards.

How about using three or four bicycle wheels fixed vertically to a post to make a trellis? A wrought iron garden gate would also do the trick, as would the ribcage of an old-fashioned shower, circa 1920, that had jets of water spurting from horizontal tubes.

The main thing is to be imaginative in the garden. With a little thought some more unusual items can create points of interest while also serving a practical purpose.


Gardens at Waters East says:
at: 19 December 2013 at 20:01 said...

You have some great principles for design listed today. In my series (found in the archives of my blog) I cover many of the same ideas about indoor/outdoor and "garden rooms". Great minds think alike!! JC

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