9 Beautiful Clematis Trellis & Support Ideas for Your Garden

Clematis plants are absolutely beautiful, but the vines are very delicate, and as they don’t produce aerial roots, they will need a little encouragement to scramble up structures. 

They do need some form of support, otherwise, they can scramble across the ground and bully other plants out of existence, and this is something you want to avoid!

There are many options, and here are just a few to get you started.

Clematis Support Ideas

Some climbers don’t need a lot of attention or even encouragement to start climbing up surfaces, all they need is something nearby to latch on to. 

Unfortunately, this is not the case with clematis plants, and they need all the help they can get. 

Clematis vines don’t grow tendrils or aerial roots, so you will need to weave them into some sort of support as they grow.

These plants cling to structures by winding their leaf stems around something, but they will struggle if the support is too wide without some help.

Most clematis plants are sold with some sort of stake support to start them off, but you will need to provide them with a bigger support, and the sooner you can do this, the better the plant will grow into the support you want it to clamber up.

It also helps that these plants can really show off their gorgeous flowers when you give them some support, and clematis plants will always do better if the base is in the shade, and the leaves and flowers in the sun.

Here are a few options to choose from.

Use A Trellis Or Lattice

A good way of encouraging a clematis plant to scramble up any sort of surface is to use a trellis or lattice. 

It also protects any other surface the plant is attached to, such as the side of your house or a garden wall.

You can use a trellis as a freestanding support, as long as they are in the ground or in a pot, or you can attach them to fences and walls.

Train Your Clematis Up An Arbor

Arbors can look absolutely magical with the right plant growing up, and clematis is a fantastic example.

It works to help section off areas of your garden, adding more color and height when you use clematis plants, or making a bench somewhere worthy of stopping and taking in the world for a few minutes.

As the plants get bigger, you will need to encourage them to stay on the arbor and not reach for other structures or ramble on the floor. This is easily achieved with clear fishing wire, or you can use string, too.

Grow Clematis Up An Obelisk

If arbors aren’t really what you’re after, or if you’re just low on space, an obelisk is a great alternative.

It makes the perfect focal point in any garden, adding a literal pillar that your plant can turn into the most colorful display possible. 

Simply insert the obelisk into the soil, making sure it sits deep enough so that it will stay anchored, and plant your clematis at the base, occasionally tying it in where you need to.

Use Wire Instead To Train Clematis

Wire is a great way to train any plant without having to worry about things being expensive or taking up all the room you have in your garden.

Fix wire or even a clear fishing line to the ground, and run it up to a support rung on your garden fence, side of your shed, or even your house. Tie in the clematis, and watch it clamber up the wire.

Wire fencing also works, and it happens to be a cheap way to keep your plant climbing, while allowing plenty of airflow, and not cornering off areas of your garden.

Use A Plant Anchor Kit For Brick Or Other Surfaces With No Support

A plant anchor kit is great for any surface that won’t otherwise give clematis the support it needs. It also means the plant will attach to the support, rather than the surface beneath it.

Use Clematis Around Gates Or Fences

Clematis looks welcoming in any space, but it’s particularly good at covering ugly fences or gates. Tie in the plant as it grows.

Fashion A Bamboo Cane ‘Teepee’

If you don’t have a lot of space, or if you want to create a stunning display in a pot, use three bamboo canes, tying them together at the top.

Plant the clematis at the bottom, and encourage it to grow up the canes. 

Grow Clematis Over Tree Stumps Or Actual Trees 

Clematis will also grow on tree stumps or tree branches, as long as you tie it in yourself. Use good quality horticultural wire or fishing line to do this, and as the plant grows, keep on top of training it onto the stump or tree.

This creates a magical and whimsical effect in any garden.

Train Clematis Up Lamp Posts

If you have any lamp posts in your garden, this is a great support for clematis plants. Use twine, chicken wire, or even fishing wire to tie the plant to the lamp post.

Final Thoughts

Clematis plants look fabulous in any space, but one way to really show them off is to get creative when it comes to giving them the support they need.

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