Choosing the Proper Support For Your Vines

With enough information as to how your particular vine achieves its climbing, you can then choose the proper support to best enhance the growth of your vine, and help beautify your home garden.

Whatever the form of support you choose, make sure it is sturdy, and waterproof. The structures themselves need to be sturdy, and care taken to properly sink them into the ground, with the use of rock, concrete, or other appropriate substance. If you are doing your planting in spring or summer, remember the likelihood of rain, wind, and thunderstorms in fall and winter. Metal supports and wire should be galvanized or plastic-coated, and wooden structures treated with water-proofing and/or painted.

Trellises - They vary in height, weight, strength, material, and of course, price, but the basic trellis is two upright posts, spanned by slats, rope, or wire. The sturdier the better, for permanent placement of hardy perennial vines.

Pergolas and Arbors - Small and cozy Arbors, and more massive, stylized Pergolas, are perfect homes for long-living, twining vines. Open trellis-covered sides are used to guide vines upward, to eventually traverse the roof, providing a striking statement and focal point
Heritage Arbor

Garden Arbor

for your home garden.

Shrubs and Trees - Shrubs, small trees , and mature shade trees all can provide support for vines. Shrubs and small trees can easily accommodate lightweight twinning tendril and leaf stock vines, rambling vines, and even those "vines' that attach with thorns. More substantial vines, such as Wisteria, Winter Creeper or Ivy can be too overpowering for even tall, mature trees, even contributing to crown rot.

Walls - Vines that produce clinging rootlets or holdfasts are very happy and prosper climbing up walls. Leafy vines growing up the sides of buildings can help to moderate interior temperatures, but on some surfaces, particularly wood, can both cause the need for more frequent maintenance and make maintenance more difficult and expensive. Twining and tendril climbers
and ramblers are better suited for wood or vinyl sided buildings, where they should actually be grown on trellises anchored adjacent to but not actually touching the building.

Poles and Garden Pillars - Flowering Vines of many types can add a stylish touch to your home garden when they swirl around an elegant pole, pillar, or tripod. Morning Glory, Clematis, roses, gourds, and many more vines and vine-like plants do well in this environment.

Fences- Many styles of fencing are perfect habitats for Vines. Twining vines, vines with tendrils, and vines with long, scrambling stems all do very well growing in and out, in and out of chain link and wire fencing, and solid wood fencing is also viable when wire and/or netting is used.

Woven Netting - Netting generally marketed for growing vegetables can also be used for many flowering annual Vines. Just attach to netting to wood or tubing, and place in a desired home garden location.

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