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 Finial

Wooden finials are available in various styles. Here, we have used an acorn. Stain the finial and screw it into the center of the cap.

Finishing Touches

To complete the project, stain the remaining battens and touch up any missed areas. The stain or wood preservative will prevent decay and prolong the life of the obelisk. Reapply it every couple of years in early spring before clematis and other deciduous climbers start growing. Secure the obelisk in place either by burying the bottom 4 inches of the structure in soil or by using custom fence post supports.

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