24 best DIY garden trellis ideas & designs: build easy cucumber trellis, bean teepee, beautiful vine pergola, plant screen, & vegetable garden structures!
As a garden designer and plant lover, one of my favorite garden elements is the garden trellis. A plant trellis can add so much charm and functionality in a landscape design.
It offers supports for beautiful flowering or fruiting vines ( such as rose or cucumber trellis ), adds more growing area for small gardens and in raised beds, and helps to create attractive outdoor spaces such as arches, tunnels, gates, privacy screens, and beautiful walls and fences.
These 21 DIY-friendly garden trellis ideas and vertical growing structure projects will show you how to make a simple garden trellis, and create an abundant and beautiful garden!
A couple of FAQs: “How tall should a trellis be?”
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For smaller climbing plants such as cucumbers, bush (determinate) tomatoes, or peas, a 3′ to 4′ tall trellis is plenty. For taller plants such as indeterminate tomatoes, beans, and many green or flowering vines, you will want a trellis over 5′ tall, or an overhead arch or pergola which are at least 7′ tall.
1. Magical DIY bamboo bean teepees garden trellis
A teepee is a very easy to build garden structure. This easy DIY bean teepee is made of bamboo stakes and garden twine. A teepee trellis takes up very little storage when not in use. ( Source: Artful Parent )
2. Build a garden teepee cucumber trellis with branches
A garden teepee made of branches is a delightful retreat for all ages! You can also use it as a cucumber trellis. ( Source: Serendipity Life )
3. Tomato trellis works better than tomato cages
This simple DIY tomato trellis made it possible for us to grow over 100 lbs of tomatoes in just 20 square feet. Tutorial and building plan here.
4. Enchanting arched trellis ideas
A tunnel adds so much charm to a garden. It invites us to walk through and explore the garden with childlike wonder. This attractive squash arch trellis is made of branches and garden wires. Choose softer branches such as willow branches that are easy to bend .
5. How to build arched garden trellis
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6. How to build bamboo garden trellis
7. Easy DIY bamboo trellis with strings
This type of bamboo garden trellis is great for growing climbing plants like tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, peas, etc. ( Source: Fine Gardening )
8. Simple and sturdy A-frame wood trellis panels for garden and pots
Two wood framed panels joined together with hinges, these garden trellis panels can be stored flat when not in use. Smaller trellises like this is also great for gardening in pots and containers. ( Source: 8 | Gardeners )
9. DIY A-frame garden trellis ideas
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11. Easy cucumber trellis
The simple fold-able trellis design is great for a cucumber trellis. ( Source: Amazon )
12. Painted wood trellis
A painted wooden trellis adds so much color and charm to a garden! ( Source lost. Please let me know if you find it!)
13. Raised planter trellis for vegetables
A free standing wood or metal garden trellis planter is an effective way to create a patio and garden screen with climbing plants or dress up a blank wall. ( Source: Seattle Urban Farm )
14. Wall trellis ideas
Wall trellis is a great feature to decorate a blank garden wall with flowers and vines. This can also be a great garden screen trellis to provide privacy for a patio, porch, or backyard, while growing some beautiful fragrant flowering vines such as jasmine and honeysuckles. ( Source: Homes to Love )
15. Arched plant trellis ideas
You can also make an arch plant trellis from branches and short rebars or wood dowels. Beans and gourds are great plants for an arched trellis! ( Source: This Old House )
16. Beautiful plant trellis for vegetable gardens
Runner Beans trained over metal arbor leading to focal point of large classic earthenware jar. An arch is a classic trellis design that is both beautiful and functional. Via Garden Design
17. Garden gate pergola
A tunnel type arched trellis is amazing, especially when there are delicious fruits, veggies and pretty flowers hanging from it. Scarlet runner bean is one of the most beautiful climbers in an edible garden. ( Source: Sunset )
18. DIY Squash arch
This DIY squash arch can be a beautiful functional trellis in a vegetable garden.
19. Obelisk style wood garden trellis
An obelisk is a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top. It is a classic type of garden structure that adds elegance to a garden. ( Source: 16
20. Farmhouse country style wood trellis obelisk ideas
You can make really beautiful free standing obelisk style trellises from 1x2s and 2x2s. Tutorial at She Holds Dearly.
21. Vertical planter trellis
Love this Strawberry wood trellis planter by Elle Ogden .
22. Traditional kitchen garden trellis ideas
Before people had power tools, they made incredibly beautiful garden trellises like these using flexible branches from Willow or other native trees. ( Source: Tim Gainey )
23. Timeless inspirations: willow garden trellis and bench
This gorgeous woven bench and trellis is so magical. ( Source: Charlotte Moss )
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24. Ladder plant trellis ideas
In small space gardens, we can grow herbs and vegetables with planters attached to a sturdy frame lattice panel that leans on any vertical surface. ( Source: BHG )
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Happy growing! See you next week!