Hardscape Design Ideas

Make an Obelisk for Climbing Plants

Wooden obelisks suit almost any garden design. Use them draped with clematis or other flowering climbers to add height to a border, as a feature to flank an entrance or to create a focal point at the end of a walkway.

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Attach a Plinth

In the same way, place a small remnant for the plinth at the top of the two uprights (narrow end). Make four holes, two in each upright, and screw the plinth into place to secure the top.

Attach Plinth to Secure Top of ObeliskEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Finish the Battens

Following the instructions in Step 3, screw more battens in place at 6-inch intervals, from the base to the plinth, to create a triangular, ladderlike structure.

Fasten Battens at IntervalsEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Trim the Ends

Using a saw, trim the battens flush with the sides of the uprights. Repeat Steps 2 to 5 to create a second ladderlike structure and trim the battens. Treat both with a wood stain or preservative.

Uprights and Battens Should Be Same LengthEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything

© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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