How to use an indoor trellis

Bring climbing plants into your home with a little support from a trellis.

If you’ve ever tried to coax a climbing plant, such as ivy or wisteria, across your garden fence or exterior walls, you’ll be more than familiar with the trusty trellis. But did you know this simple wooden lattice can be used to great effect in a conservatory and even inside the home?

Bringing the outside in

The trellis was invented in the 12th century by French farmers as a practical way to support heavy vines. But the structure took on a more decorative role, when it was later adopted by European architects and designers, as a device to bring the beauty of the garden, indoors.


Conservatory climber

For a French-inspired conservatory, cover an entire wall in whitewashed wooden latticework – the perfect backdrop for wisteria. The wood can be picked up fairly cheaply from a timber merchant. Hire a carpenter if you don’t feel confident attempting this yourself.

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Rustic and recycled


Re-use an old window frame or whitewash a piece of old garden trellis for a touch of vintage chic. Ivy is a versatile climber that works well with this look.


Apartment chic


If wall space is at a premium, such as in a one-bedroom flat, a simple, tall, narrow trellis is an elegant way to incorporate climbing plants into a tiny space.


DIY wooden trellis planter


If you’ve got the will – and the carpentry skills – have a go at creating your own trellis planter. Use quality timber, such as cedar or redwood, to build a durable planter or reuse planks from an old pallet for a shabby chic look.


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The art lover’s trellis


Fancy something a little different? If you love Modernist design, why not invest in the Tumbleweed trellis? Possibly the most stylish and avant-guard trellis we have ever clapped eyes on, Tumbleweed is the ultimate climbing-plant centerpiece for the home.


Like his predecessors, Parisian architect Jean-Jaques Hubert had the same vision of bringing the charm of the garden inside. The basket-like forms have been designed to maximize the amount of surface area to house vegetation. He suggests growing climbers, such as ivy and honeysuckle, fruiting shrubs, such as raspberry and currant or perfumed flowers, such as jasmine and wisteria.


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