Best Plants for Trellis Growing

A good way to save space in a garden is to create a vertical garden using plants for a trellis. You can add a whole new visual scheme to your garden by adding a trellis. If you are something who is trendy and keeps up with the latest of everything, then you probably already know that vertical gardening is the hottest gardening trend. But even if your not in the know, take comfort in the fact that adoring a trellis is the easiest way to create a vertical garden. 

Figuring out how to match plants that climb with the right kind of leaves that support the system can leave many gardeners feeling puzzled. Why wont tomatoes climb a lattice frame? How come sweet peas will not climb a pole? The answer is that there are three types of vines. Some adhere, some wrap and some curl. Tendrils make their way down, some use tiny suction cups while other wrap themselves around.  All three types will grow on a trellis. But lets look at the best types of plants to use to create your own vertical garden using a trellis. 


Twining leaves and twining stems are different types of twining plants. Honeysuckle, morning glory, moonflowers, pole beans, and clematis are just some of the plants that twine. Clematis is a plant the has twining leaves and the leaves looks like tendrils. At a young age, the plant twists around twigs, string or other leaves. The object is to provide a thing support system for the leaves to curl around. If you have a 1 inch wide slats of your lattice, the twiners work twine. Depending of the species of the plant, the stems will wind clockwise or counterclockwise. Some twining vines can grow to be very heavy. Wisteria is known for pulling down garden structures. If you are going to have a perennial vine, provide a good strong support structure.  

Adhesive pads

Boston ivy, Virginia creeper are plants that have touch sensitive pads that allow them to stick to almost any surface. Climbers with these adhesive pads attach themselves to a tree trunk or the face of a building. If no support is provided, they will happily crawl sideways just attaching themselves to anything in their path. Virginia creeper is an excellent choice if you are looking for foliage on your trellis. This climbing vine has greenish-white flowers and bloom between June and August. The leaves of this plant has five leaflets. What steals the show is the autumn color of the leaves. They turn from dark green to orange to a dark red. Virginia creeper produces purplish-blackberries that provide a good food source to birds.  

Curling Vines

Bougainvillea is a classic flowering vine. It hails from the topics and is perfect for a trellis. Native to South America, the vine is pest free and prefers partial to full sun. It also likes well drained soil. After the blooms hae died down, then you may prune the vine.  it’s a very delicate flower that produces bright colored flowers ranging from yellow to orange to pink to red. This creates splashes of color in the garden.