Trellis Fence Ideas

A trellis fence does double duty at a garden, employed as a support for climbing plants in the same time it functions as a boundary between different regions of the garden. Trellis fences can be utilitarian, serving as little more than props for plants, or they can be architectural showpieces in their own right.

Wood Lattice Fence

Fences with panels comprising wood lattice are attractive on their own, but they can also provide a support for showy vines and other climbing landscape plants. Early in the growing season, lattice fences allow the transmission of light and atmosphere through the fence, but while the lattice is filled in using growing plants as the season progresses, the fence provides raising privacy, shade and shelter from wind. Decorative lattice fence designs stand up to this dual identity, presenting an appealing face before the plants carry over and supplying sturdy support to your leaf later in the year.


Incorporating an arbor to your trellis fence allows plants to length openings in the fence, and it provides additional growing area where the distance available for a trellis fence is tight. Continuing the design of the fence lattice within a arbor can help to unify a fence design across an opening, and combining an arbor using a lattice gate makes a coherent transitional distance across the fence opening.


Crowning a trellis fence which has a small pergola is a means to add height to the structure and introduce a decorative accent near the top of the fence. Plants that grow up the fence can trail over the pergola, raising the shade given by the fence. Where privacy is a concern, a privacy fence topped with a pergola provides a support for leaf near the top of the fence, a touch that adds visual interest to an otherwise dull wall of wood.

Wire Trellis Fence

Where the overall look of the fence itself is not vital, a wire trellis fence is an option that gives climbing plants a handy support and becomes much more appealing as the season progresses; the fence does not look like a lot early in the year, but in the peak of their growing season it turns into a lush, foliage-covered display. A very simple wire trellis fence comprising sturdy steel posts and galvanized wire-mesh panels can be freestanding or integrated into a garden’s perimeter fence.

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