A garden planter trellis can be a wonderful way to not only train plants and vines to grow in a particular pattern but is also an excellent way to organize the plants in your garden. For many gardeners, planting space is at a premium, so organizing and designing the use of vertical space that is provided by a planter trellis requires thoughtful consideration.
What Is a Planter Trellis?
A planter trellis is a vertical structure that is placed at the back of a planter box. Oftentimes, trellises are made of wood woven in a basket or lattice pattern, but they can also be constructed out of copper, PVC pipe, or other materials.
Functionally, the planter trellis is designed to create additional upward space to train vines and other plants. However, it is also possible to hang smaller planters on the trellis, providing additional planting space. For gardeners with little available ground for plants, a planter trellis can be an especially important and valuable addition to their garden.
Organize Plants According to Type
Gardeners who have a grouping of plant types that are themed frequently find that utilizing a planter trellis is a very good organizational tool. For example, apartment gardeners may find that hanging smaller planters from the trellis that contain kitchen herbs not only allows them to have fresh herbs but also makes the plants readily and easily accessible.
Organize Plants According to Size
Since the trellis is placed at the back of a larger planter, many gardeners find that they are able to plant complementary vegetation in the source planter. Taller plants can be placed in the planter, with smaller plants placed in planters that hang from the trellis. Examples include planting sunflowers in the larger planter and smaller annuals like pansies or petunias higher along the trellis.
Another way to organize a planter trellis is to plant a clinging or trailing vine that can be trained along the lattice trellis structure. Some wonderful plants that work well with trellises include clematis, blackberries, morning glories, and beans.
For additional visual interest, hang smaller planters along an iron trellis to intermix with the vegetation, vines, and leaves of the climbing plants. Complimentary plants can add even more interest. For example, smaller planters with strawberries would be a wonderful contrast to blackberry plants climbing up the trellis.
In addition to planters hanging on the trellis, another contrast to climbing vines is other plants that are placed in the planter. If you are growing beans that are trained to climb the trellis, you can plant tomatoes, corn, or other vegetables with height to grow alongside the trellis vines.
With a little imagination and thought, it is possible to utilize the extra space that is provided by adding a trellis to a planter. Remember that the plants that are trained to grow on the trellis will be sharing the planter ground with any other plants that are placed in the planter, so they should share similar water and soil needs.