Traditionally, wooden fence trellis is used to support climbing plants that are growing in your garden, however it can be used for so much more than just that. If you have a smaller backyard or garage side or shed that is a real eyesore in your garden then one of the best ways to tackle this is with wooden fence trellis. It can be positioned around the edge of your garden or in front of a garage wall to create a much more modern, attractive finish. Not only that, but it helps to add greenery to the walls of your garden, which can really create a more colourful and natural space.
It may also be that you have a larger garden and you are wanting to create a more private, secluded area. Wooden fence trellis will help to section off parts of the garden without blocking the area off completely!
Here are some great ideas for how wooden fence trellis can be used in your garden.
There are lots of different types of wooden fence trellis to choose from, made from different types of wood and coming in different sizes – here are some of our favourites.
Best Pick – Rigid Lattice Pattern Garden Trellis
- 3.5cm Thick Framing
- 7cm x 7cm Holes
- Rigid Frame Trellis
- 180cm Tall Panel
- 90cm Wide
In A Hurry?
Decided your garden is ready for a revamp? Or maybe you are just tired of having an old-fashioned wall or fence staring back at you every time you look out at your garden! Whatever your reason, if you are in a rush then this is the part of the article to read. We have included the best wooden fence trellis for sale at the moment along with some of those key features that you should be looking out for.
The first thing that you need to consider is the style of wooden fence trellis that you are going for. If you are wanting to grow climbing plants up your trellis (which if we’re honest is the main point of the fencing!) then you need to think about the type of climbing plant that you are going for and how easy it “climbs”. If you find a climbing plant that is strong then you will probably be able to get away with wider gaps in your trellis, but for smaller, more delicate climbers you are going to need trellis that is closer together.
Not only this, but there are different shapes of trellis depending on your garden and the feature that you are trying to create. If you are wanting a practical option then go for the V-style trellis that extends towards the top of the trellis – this will help to “mold” the climber in the way that you want it to go. However, sometimes larger, more decorative trellis can actually add a feature to your garden all on its own whilst you wait for the plants to grow! There are also arched designs which provide a lovely effect when grouped together.
If privacy and security are of greater importance than growing plants up your trellis then you could always opt for a “half and half” fence panel. These are standard fence panels at the bottom (so no need to worry about the dog getting out) but then with trellis at the top so you still have the benefits of this! It really is the best of both worlds! We have actually seen some impressive gardeners that have managed to grow more sturdy climbers on the top half of this fencing – although this must be a pretty mean feat!
TOP TIP: More delicate climbers are going to need really small gaps in their fencing to be able to climb effectively. Look out for wooden fence trellis with a small diamond design as this will give those precious plants the best chance of survival.
The size of your wooden fence trellis really depends on the space that you have to fill and what you are planning on using it for! If you are wanting your fence trellis to be used as actual fencing then to be cost effective you are probably going to need larger sizes – plus you need to consider that they will have to fit between the fence posts in your garden.
However, if your trellis is purely being used for practical purposes – growing climbing plants – then you can probably get away with starting with smaller options. Not only will this be cheaper, but it saves you having a load of empty trellis against a wall! You also then have the option of adding additional pieces of trellis once your plant becomes established so that it can continue to spread – if you so wish!
The sizes varied massively from as small as around 3ft by 2ft all the way up to 6ft x 3ft. If this still isn’t going to be enough space for you then remember you can easily secure 2 or 3 (or more) pieces of trellis together to create one big feature wall if this is more the look that you are going for!
NOTE: The maximum permitted height for any fence or trellis in the UK is 2m so make sure if you are buying wooden fence trellis from outside the UK that it doesn’t go over this limitation (or if it does then ensure it isn’t going to be providing a border between your property and another.
It’s pretty obvious that wooden fence trellis is going to be made from wood – but the type of wood is going to be important if you are wanting your fence trellis to last!
If you are wanting something a little different than standard wood then you can opt for willow trellis which is just going to add a little more variety to your garden and offer an even more natural look.
There are two main types of treatment that you will find on your wooden fence trellis. A sprayed pre-treatment, or a pressure treatment. Sprayed pre-treated timber is great as this means that you don’t need to worry about treating your trellis again as soon as you get it home – but at some point you are going to need to consider doing this if you want to protect the material from rot. Whereas pressure treated trellis has been worked in such a way that the treatment is forced deeper into the inner layers of the wood. This is fantastic as it means that your trellis is going to have much better protection from the elements and be much more likely to last.
TOP TIP: Most wooden fence trellis’ are going to come in their natural state (although treated) but many people want to brighten up their garden with their trellis. Almost all fence trellis is going to be paintable using standard wood fencing paint, which comes in a variety of colours! Willow is going to be considerably harder to paint however, so if you know that you are wanting a brighter colour opt for sawn timber instead.
The weight of your wooden fence trellis is going to be important as this is going to impact on where you can put your trellis. If you are planning on using your trellis against some other wooden fencing for example then you are going to need a lighter trellis, whereas if it is going against a stronger, brick wall then you can probably get away with a heavier trellis.
You also need to think about the climbing plants that you are wanting to grow…heavier climbing plants are obviously going to need heavier trellis that can hold their weight, whereas lighter climbing plants will be able to get away with less high quality materials. Willow is going to be a lighter material, so if you know that you need a light trellis then this might be the way to go!
Best Budget – Didatecar Wood Wall Trellis
- Solid Wooden Material: The retractable solid wood fence is made of solid wood, strong and durable, the size can be adjusted at will. Can decorate your courtyard well!
- Wide Use: The wood fence can be used as wall decoration, plant climbing vines, garden fence or partition, so you can free to play as you like.
- with Plant Color: The wood fence coordinates with plant color to increase the ornamental nature of the courtyard. Do whatever you want, use it freely!
- Suitable Occasions: This retractable wooden fence can be used for holiday decoration in shopping malls, KTV bars, restaurants, parks and gardens. It can be used with wall-mounted flower pots or artificial plants. It is a wonderful view!
- Using Note: All the retractable wooden fences are measured manually, and the free stretch variable is relatively large. The above is measured. The approximate size will have 1-3cm tolerance that is normal.
Now that you know the main things that you need to watch out for before buying your wooden trellis fencing, here are some of those extra features that stood out to us!
- Multipacks – Some wooden fence trellis actually come sold in bulk which is going to be much better value for money and help you to make sure all your garden is matching. We found many sold in packs of 2 but there are also some sold in packs of 3 or 4.
- Fastenings – It is important to consider how you are actually going to secure your fencing onto wherever it is being secured! Some trellis will actually come with fastenings to make this easier for you, but most you are going to have to plan this in yourself so make sure to consider this (particularly if you are planning on your trellis going in front of a brick wall!
- Ground stakes – Some smaller trellis will have stakes at the bottom which can be pushed into the ground for extra stability however if you do opt for this you need make sure that you go for a durable material that can withstand being in the damp ground!
- Concertina fence trellis – We found that some fence trellis can actually be folded away into a concertina when they are not in use. This is handy for when you need that much needed space in your shed over winter when both us and our gardens go into hibernation!
- Jigsaw fastening trellis – If you know that you are wanting to create a “wall effect” from your fence trellis then look out for wooden fence trellis that can be slotted together in a jigsaw effect! This also helps to add to the security and stability of your trellis as well as they will be fastened onto each other as well as the wall or fence.
Best of the Rest
- 2 in 1: decorative plant pot and trellis in one, dimensions H x W x D: approx. 147 x 38 x 38 cm
- For outdoors: trellis for garden, terrace and balcony - 25 L bucket for climbing plants of all kinds
- Made of wood: weatherproof planter made of fir wood - impregnated plant grid in natural colours
- As a decoration: free-standing plant support as a garden decoration, suitable as a separating element and privacy screen
- Practical design: coarse mesh trellis gives plants support - plant trough with slatted frame
- Hand Made High Quality Willow Construction
- Perfect for Planters and Long Stemmed Plants
- Set of 3
- Dimensions: 120 x 45cm
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I grow on fence trellis?
There are lots of plants that you can grow on wooden fence trellis. These include; jasmine, wisteria, honeysuckle, hydrangea, ivy, vines, clematis and the climbing rose. There are others that you can grow in the UK but these are the easiest to grow if you are new to climbing plants!
How do I attach trellis to a fence or wall?
Trellis is relatively easy to attach to your fence or wall and can be done using galvanised screws or staples. Otherwise, you can attach battens to your fence and then attach your trellis to these, which helps to keep the climbers away from your wall and gives them more space to twine so it’s a win-win situation!
Can I attach trellis without drilling?
If you are conscious of the damage that could be caused by drilling into your walls then fear not, there are other options for securing your trellis, such as special trellis fixings. You could also consider using a heavy-duty glue although this could cause more damage in the long run if you are wanting to remove your trellis at any point!
Can you purchase custom size fence trellis?
Yes – there are companies that manufacture custom sized fence trellis if you have a particular space that you are trying to cover, however it is important to note that these will usually be more expensive! There is a huge variety of pre-made sizes to choose from that will be cheaper!
How often should I treat wooden fence trellis?
Like any wood in your garden, wooden fence trellis should be treated at least once a year (but preferably twice a year). For trellis on established plants though this can be hard to achieve without risking “burning” the plant with the paint that you use. In this situation, you will have to treat your trellis at lulls in the year when your climbing plant starts to retract back. This is why it is even more important to opt for pressure treated timber that you know is going to be more hard-wearing and resistant to rot than other types of wood!