For our Let’s Garden Workshop on Garden Architecturals, we focused on the trellis! A trellis is an architectural structure, usually made from an open framework or lattice of interwoven or intersecting pieces of wood, bamboo or metal that is normally made to support and display climbing plants and we have quite the selection of them at Palladio Garden.
Here’s some inspiration that led us to choose confederate jasmine, also known as star jasmine, to wrap around our trellis. Beyond the beautiful ever green foliage and white flowers that spout a popular fragrance, the jasmine is fast-growing and low maintenance. Jasmine starts out growing slow for a year and then takes off and it flowers from April – June depending on the climate.
Choosing the right size trellis
Because of the big size of the jasmine we purchased, we went with one of our larger sizes of our simple trellis designs. We chose the one on the right in this photo below.
Untangling the branches
It is MUCH easier to twist the branch around the trellis after we cut off the ties and unwrapped the branches from each other. Jasmine are resilient and bendy so don’t be afraid to use some muscles to get them untangled. Whatever plant you are using, if you are planting it after some growth this will make the next step easier. Otherwise if you start a climbing plant with new seeds make sure to guide the new growth by positioning branches in varying positions along a trellis.
Placing the trellis
Since we planted the jasmine indoors, we chose one of our gorgeous glazed pots to plant the jasmine. From there we tucked the legs of the trellis into the pot and made sure it fit just right before intertwining the branches into the trellis. You can also stick the trellis legs right into the ground outside. Jasmine is great for covering up eyesores like sheds or making a make-shift fence but you will need additional support because it will not attach to walls without something to latch on to.
Pitching branches back and forth
We rolled up our sleeves for this step! It took some maneuvering to start the branch on the inner side of the trellis so we started some branches from the outside too. We wove the branches all around in no particular pattern. Our goal was to fill up the trellis and make it look full. One branch could wrap around all four sides of the bottom and another branch could make its way up to the top only on one side. Feel free to play around with it and know that it will continue to fill out bare spots once it grows.
Water and sun
If you know Jasmine, you know it craves sun. If you have your trellis indoors, place it near a window with direct sunlight or in front of a curtain in the hot summer months for filtered sun. It can withstand drought but make sure it gets plenty of nutrients and water so it stays healthy and strong. You can cut back growth after it flowers to keep growth under control. Ta-da! You have a beautiful vine growing in your garden now.