“ Type: Trellis „
I must begin this review by explaining that I am not a great gardener! I like to have a go and have a fair amount of success but I am sure that it is more by luck than judgement!
A range of plants that I particularly like are the climbers such as honeysuckle (love the fragrance), clematis and Virginia creeper. Whilst a Virginia creeper will develop stickers and stick to a wall or tree the others need a bit of help.
To do this you can knock nails into the wall and string twine between them but for a better, more professional look a garden trellis is the best answer.
The one that we have used quite a few times over the years is the Gardman Natural Expanding Willow Trellis. This comes in various sizes from 6 foot by one foot up to six foot by four foot. They may make bigger varieties but I haven't seen any bigger ones anywhere.
The prices for these vary wildly depending on where you buy them with the garden centre prices being by far the highest. Currently on Amazon the six by one foot version is £4.05 and the six by two foot version is £8.99 so you would actually be better off by two smaller ones. I am sure that we have purchased them from discount stores in the past which would obviously mean even better value for money.
The trellis comes in a variety of colours - I have seen green, blue, brown and a stone colour. It can, of course, be painted either to freshen it up if it begins to lose its colour or just to match other things in the garden. We have always bought the green version as it blends in with the plants as they grow.
The 6' x 2' trellis comes in a sealed plastic package which is two feet long but only a fraction of the width of the trellis when opened out. This is because the trellis is made from pieces of willow which criss cross one another and the joints are loose so that the whole thing will push up together to make a narrow, solid piece or expand out from that up to the full six foot by two foot.
This trellis can be expanded to the size that you want to fit your gap and then fixed with nails directly to a fence or a wall but you must remember that the plants climbing up it will need to be able to get behind it. For a really good fit the best thing to do is to attach a couple of batons to the wall at the top and bottom of where you want your trellis to fit and then nail the trellis to the batons.
As the plants grow I have found that it is best to give them a helping hand by regularly (gently) pushing the growing shoots behind the trellis and then back out in front of it so that the plant is trained to hang onto the trellis for support.
Over the years I have used this trellis for clematis, sweet peas, honeysuckle and passion flower all of which were well supported and very successful.
In conclusion I would definitely recommend this in any garden large or small as it is easy to use, easy to maintain and robust enough to support the plants. Let's face it - that's what you want from a trellis isn't it?
Made from Bamboo. (L)1.8m x (W)0.6m