If you want to add some style to your outdoor space, an arbor or trellis is the perfect solution for creating a look that’s both flowery and functional. We’ll show you which plants and veggies grow best on these structures, plus helpful growing tips.
Infographic Designer: Jessica Smolinski / Copywriter: Julie Kestner
Growing on a Garden Arbor
To liven up your outdoor living space or add some flair to outdoor entrances or pathways, look no further than an arbor. The structure’s framework design is perfect for vertical growth, allowing plenty of surfaces for your plants to cling to as they grow.
Best Plants for an Arbor
The best plants for arbors are climbing flowers such as honeysuckle, clematis, and climbing roses; these flowers are also hardy enough to thrive in most climate zones. If you’re ready to add one of these elegant structures to your outdoor space, check out our arbor buying guide to find the style best for you.
Growing on a Trellis
Trellises are both functional and fashionable additions to your outdoor space. They provide the opportunity to grow tasty vegetables in addition to flowers and vines, and can be used as dividers or privacy screens to define the space.
Best Plants for a Trellis
Trellises are perfect for growing vine vegetables such as tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers, but also look lovely covered in sweet pea, star jasmine, or climbing hydrangea. Climbing plants like mandevilla or bougainvillea look great on trellises, but will need to be trained with ties. If you’re interested in getting the look in your own garden, check out the trellis buying guide.
Growing on an Obelisk
The 3D design of a planting obelisk provides striking depth and texture to a garden or outdoor entertaining space. These multidimensional structures can be used to add height to your gardening patch, or as chic topiaries when placed in a planter. They can also serve as seasonal decorative accents – add pumpkin, squash, or gourds to create a fall-ready focal point!