ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Introduction To Garden Wall Trellis

Updated on August 13, 2013
Using Outdoor staples to connect wired mesh to the wood frame.
Using Outdoor staples to connect wired mesh to the wood frame.
Using a jig to cut PVC pipe to the desired depth.
Using a jig to cut PVC pipe to the desired depth.
After using a masonry drill bit, my husband the screw secured through the PVC.
After using a masonry drill bit, my husband the screw secured through the PVC.
With careful planning, my husband designed the frame to contour the side wall.
With careful planning, my husband designed the frame to contour the side wall.

A trellis can be a nice addition to any garden; it supplies support to vine plants and can provide decoration and visual interest to your outdoor space. We had planted blackberry vines some time ago next to a cinderblock wall in our back yard, so my husband decided to build a trellis to support these vines. Here’s how he did it.

The first step in building a trellis is deciding the size and shape. Because our trellis was going to be mounted onto a wall on sloping ground, we decided to build a trellis that matched the stepped shape of the wall for aesthetic reasons. It would have been easier to build the trellis in separate panels – smaller panels = easier handling during mounting – but my husband knew that he would have help mounting the trellis so he built it as one large structure. You can vary the size, shape and number of panels in your trellis depending on its mounting location.

He decided to build our trellis frame out of redwood because it is a beautiful, durable wood that can be used in outdoor structures without finishing. Cedar would have been another good choice, but redwood is plentiful where we live (west coast of the US) so it is considerably cheaper than cedar. The corners of the frame were secured with galvanized L and T brackets. He used galvanized wire fencing material for the matrix of the trellis, which he attached to the frame with galvanized heavy-duty staples; He was careful to use many staples to attach the wire fencing material so that the trellis will be able to support many vines.

Because he was attaching the trellis to a cinderblock wall (which serves as a fence between our yard and our neighbor’s), he elected to use special fasteners made just for this purpose – essentially, large specially-threaded screws. To drill into the wall, he used an impact drill with a special masonry hammer bit (a bit designed to be used with the impact drill). If you are mounting your trellis to some other surface like a wooden fence, you would simply substitute the appropriate type of fastener; if you are attaching your trellis to the side of a house, you must take care to use sealant around the base of your screws so that your house’s weather-proofing is not compromised. The fasteners he used have a special coating on them to prevent rusting, whatever fasteners you use should have this; look for decking screws.

To put some space between the trellis and the wall, he made standoffs cut from a length of PVC pipe. He wanted our trellis to be an inch from the wall, so that is the size of my standoffs; if you want your trellis to be a different distance away from its mounting surface, you need only adjust the size of your standoffs and mounting screws. He cut the PVC pipe using an electric miter saw with a conventional blade; if you cut your PVC pipe this way, you should turn off the saw when your downward cut is done (so that the power is off on the saw when the sawblade goes up) so that you avoid cracking the brittle PVC pipe.

To mount the trellis, he pre-drilled holes around the perimeter then clamped the trellis to the wall with large woodworking clamps. Using the predrilled holes as guides, he drilled his holes into the wall with the impact drill, then sandwiched the PVC standoffs between the wall and the trellis and screwed the fasteners into the holes he had drilled. After that was done, he added a few more holes/standoffs/fasteners in the center of the trellis, for a total of 18 mounting points. That may seem like a lot, but our trellis is quite large so you will have to adjust the number of mounting points depending on the size and shape of your trellis.

After that, all that remains is to fasten your vines to the trellis and prune as appropriate. Your trellis should give you years of functional beauty.

Do You Have Any Trellis In Your Garden?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • formosangirl profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Thanks, On the Grind, for your comment. It is not apparent but there are two raspberry plants between the second and third blackberry plants. And in front of the first blackberry plant, there is a blueberry plant.

    • onthegrind profile image


      6 years ago from Florida, United States

      Very cool project. Probably looks really good once the vines are grown in. Nice hub with great pictures!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)