Trellis for Climbers
A trellis panel, cloaked in an evergreen climber, will screen a blank wall or an ugly view; with the addition of a few hanging pots, it will make an attractive feature in its own right.
Traditionally, trellis is used to support, but by hanging pots from it as well, you can turn it into a truly versatile and attractive feature. Grow an evergreen climber on the trellis to provide a backdrop for pots of bright or contrasting foliage. Use colourful annuals, or perhaps evergreen perennials for all-year-round interest.
Make sure that the trellis panel is firmly attached to a wall or posts to support the extra weight of the pots. These should be securely wired to the trellis panel or hung on sturdy, S-shaped butchers’ hooks.
Fixing trellis to walls
Plants need room to climb freely around trellis, so use cotton reels or wooden blocks as spacers to hold the panel clear of the wall.
1. If the hanging pots don’t have flat bases, stand them in a flowerpot while you plant them up. Since the pots have noholes, add a layer of drainage material, such as perlite. Then put in some compost.
2. Remove the Pelargonium from its plastic pot by holding it upside down and squeezing the pot to release the rootball. Place in the clay pot and fill around the rootball with more compost, firming with your fingertips.
3. The Helianthemum is a rock plant and prefers a free-draining compost, so mix some horticultural grit with the compost before planting up the hanging pot. Make sure the grit and compost are mixed thoroughly.
4. Remove the Helianthemum from its pot and stand it on the compost in the clay pot. Make sure the top of the rootball is just below the rim and fill around it with compost mix. Firm lightly. Pot-up the Ivy in the same manner.