Trellis – a beautiful ornament in garden design

Espaliers can do much more than give support to plants that need to be leaned against. They are also beautiful design elements in the interior and exterior of houses as well as in every garden, no matter large or small. The term trellis (from the Italian “spaliera”, backrest) is associated in most cases with lattice-shaped Consinstructions on the wall, which are used as a support for crops such as fruit tree shoots or grapevines, so that these can be used in die desired growth shaperm can be brought. But also espaliers are also used for ornamental plants such as roses. And that’s not all, because you can use trellises in garden design without plants, but as a pure ornament or scenic element. In this case, they have a separating or connecting effect and thereby delimit rooms and areas in the garden. On terraces and balconies, overgrown trellises prevent unwanted, curious glimpses without creating repellent walls.

white trellis borders a cozy area in the garden

white trellis delimits this cozy seating area in the garden


Espaliers act to some extent as a windbreak. In the small garden, they use clever optical tricks to create the feeling that the garden is longer or wider than it actually is. There are trellises with built-in mirrors specially designed for this effect on the market.

white trellis on the wall for the climbing roses

white trellis on the wall for the climbing roses

Overgrown trellises lose their charm in some cases. For this reason, you should avoid plants that grow rapidly, unless you want to see as little as possible of the neighbors, the street or the trellis itself as soon as possible. It is advisable to find out about its growth characteristics before buying a plant. If the trellises are right on the wall, then it is very important to secure them well. Especially when strong and weaker plants are to be climbed on it, the scaffolding should be well anchored in order to be able to withstand storms and strong winds.

Trellis with a beautiful design for climbing plants and flowers

Trellis with a beautiful design for climbing plants and flowers

When it comes to garden design with ornaments such as trellises, the color of the scaffolding used plays a very important role, because it can enhance the luminosity of plants and flowers very nicely, but unfortunately it can also have the opposite effect. A subtle color is therefore more advisable, especially when it comes to large-area trellises. Unfolding colors attract more glances and thus highlight certain areas in the garden. It should be noted that dark colors heat up easily with prolonged exposure to the sun, which could damage young plant shoots. Here, too, as with almost all other garden design topics, the following applies – choose the colors so that they harmonize with one another.

Trellis with climbing plants on the window make the small garden even prettier

Trellis with climbing plants on the window make the small garden even prettier

One thing is certain – trellises are versatile design elements in the garden. Long walls and dark walls are spiced up with their help. Espaliers are adaptable design artists. This is also proven by our picture gallery!

Trellises in the garden instead of thick walls are much nicer and livelier

Trellises in the garden instead of thick walls are much nicer and livelier

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