How to Support Climbing Plants

The method by which your plant climbs will influence the type of support it requires. Plastic and metal ties must be loosened regularly, particularly on woody climbers. Twine or raffia, with some “give,” are better.
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Stunning Wisteria

Wisteria dripping with scented flowers is a stunning sight in spring, but remember that it is very vigorous, needs strong support, and must be pruned.

Tripod Climber

Homemade bamboo cane tripods will support annuals and most perennials. Structures must be sturdy enough to withstand the weight and vigor of the climber.

Actinidia Kolomikta Climber for Sun

Actinidia kolomikta offers tiny, slightly fragrant, greenish-white flowers in early summer. The most striking feature of this vine is its heart-shaped foliage. Those lovely leaves are green with white and pink variegation.

Arbors and Arches

For arbors and arches, fix vertical wires to run up and down opposite sides of the posts. Train and tie in your climber in a corkscrew fashion when the stems are young and flexible.

Wall Climbers

For walls and fences supporting wall shrubs or roses, fix horizontal wires 18 inches apart. For leaf or stem twiners, add vertical wires as well, or use large-mesh galvanized sheep or pig wire.

Metal Obelisk Used for Climbing Flowers in Garden

A modern metal obelisk provides a contrast to delicate climbing flowers.

Fence and Hedge Combined with Chain Link and Ivy

A fedge is a cross between a fence and a hedge. Pictured is a chain link fence with plain green ivy acting as a camouflage for the metal fence.

Sweet Peas Twist Around Rustic Supports

Make a rustic support for sweet peas by twisting flexible willow stems around a pyramid of sturdy poles.

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