Climbing plants are a versatile addition to any garden, partly because they can be trained. Climbing roses, trailing shrubs, morning glories and vining fruits and vegetables will all benefit from a sturdy plant climbing frame.
Structural support enables stems to grow stronger and healthier so they bear more flowers, fruit and vegetables. But give your vines something to follow and they can also become a decorative addition to your garden, adding character and focal points to spaces that will spark inspiration.
If you’re looking beyond using bamboo canes, we’ve carefully collated a range of attractive metal, wooden and plastic climbing plant supports, including trellises and obelisks. Find inspiration in everything from country classics to ornate gothic archways for growing healthy and decorative vine plants.
The best climbing plant supports
Hampton Plant Support Steel Obelisk
Claiming to be extremely strong and built to last, this characterful steel obelisk is finished with a black antique polyester paint, over an iron phosphate to boost its water and weather resistance. But you can also buy it with a bare metal finish, which will develop an aged look as it rusts over time.
Each leg is gathered at the top by one decorative ball and the overall effect is of an elegant support for climbers. Horizontal rungs in the frame should also offer training vines a great first step.
Barrington Arch Trellis
With a subtle gothic arch, the criss-cross design of the Barrington Arch Trellis allows for plenty of grips and angles for climbing plants and vines to hold on to. The bars form gentle curves for a characterful but unobtrusive natural screen that could be used anywhere around the garden, whether freestanding to break up a space or stood against a wall for decoration.
Over time the trellis will build its own aged, rusted effect so for a robust trellis to add character to your garden and guide climbers, this is a great option.
Rowlinson Wrenbury Round Top Metal Garden Arch
The lattice sides are perfect for adding climbing plants to grow over the top, and create a decorative, shaded spot in your garden. This striking steel arch comes in a stylish shade of grey and with a 10-year guarantee. The powder-coated frame helps make the arch more durable and helps to protect from seasonal elements. A purchase that will last for years to come, the modern, metal design opposed to a traditional wooden one, offers a contemporary look and feel.
Bloomsbury Market Hortense 3 Piece Birds Obelisk Trellis Set
- Buy now from Wayfair (£108.99)
This russet coloured trellises in this set of three have less of an industrial feel and more of an ornately decorated obelisk. Swirling birds adorn their sides with leaves and rods that mimic the look of climbing vines.
Protected by a powder coat and gloss finish, the small, medium and large metal supporters are designed for year-round durability and would make excellent climbing frames for runner beans.
This is our top pick for a durable plant support for honeysuckle and clematis that needs some training. Crafted in Raw Metal, its designed to rust once placed in the garden; adding to the rustic vintage aesthetic. It makes for a stand-out centrepiece in the garden.
Plant support 2D fleur de lis
It’s remarkably easy to bring a little continental charm into a garden with a climbing plant support like this 2D fleur de lis from Crocus.
The design itself is simple, offering five vertical bars for vines and four horizontal. Look a little closer and you’ll spot scrolls and French lilies embellishing the frame. Spiked feet should also help when pushing it into the ground.
Corlyn Bird Iron Trellis
- Buy now from Wayfair (£69.99)
Don’t be fooled by the design of this trellis. It’s an iron constructed climbing plant support that once staked into the ground, will support whatever climbs it.
The white finish gives the frame a summery feel that will highlight the colours of your plants. Alternatively, prop it against a wall to instantly brighten a neglected space or dull-looking corner of the garden.
Ophelia and Co 3 Piece Ginther Iron Trellis
- Buy now from Wayfair (£111.99)
This set of three obelisk trellises is a nice alternative to the traditional upright design of freestanding plant supports for climbers.
Each trellis features a crown-style circular topper that would help guide stems up and over their edges. But importantly, these become a decorative element to any bed of flowers, vegetables or vines.
Aldora Iron Arched Trellis
- Buy now from Wayfair (£36.99)
This stunning set of three plant climbing racks, are both practical and extremely stylish. Made form iron, they’re weather-resistant and strong and sturdy to withhold the elements. It has easily installation through being staked into the ground. Both climbing plants and flowers can grow up the arch design with ease. The intricate leaf motifs and arched-roof, add charm and elegance to your garden or terrace.
Perching Birds Pot Trellis in Black
- Buy now from Primrose (£14.99)
If you're short on space, or looking for some stylish support to add to your patio area, then this perching birds pot trellis is perfect! Measuring at 101cm in height, this is suitable to add some extra support to climbing potted plants such as, clematis or passion flowers. It's durable and made with powder-coated steel, helping it to last through many seasons to come. The elegant design, charming birds and black matte finish, will add a sweet touch to your potted plants.
Minster willow trellis
- Buy now from Homebase (£11.95)
Bent willow climbing plant supporters bring a graceful grandeur to outdoor spaces. Their woody tones fit seamlessly in with most, if not all gardens, so if you’re looking to keep the natural theme, this Minister trellis will act as a sturdy support to climbing plants and vines.
Three poles across the centre allow for lateral growing as well as vertical vine support, so this is also a versatile option.
Garden Maypole Plant Support
Compact and easy to install, this maypole is an ideal solution for sweet peas, clematis, and runner beans. Once assembled, the support stands out an impressive 6ft tall. It’s robust and durable. Through the strings, plants and vegetables are able to grow up through and this pulls the strings tighter, creating extra rigidity and strength.
The elegant Victorian-style design make this a stylish option to add to your vegetable patch and garden. Economically priced, pop a few up across a border and make a beautiful display.
Hamilton Vinyl Arched Trellis
Wooden trellises may need repainting over the years to keep them looking fresh, but a benefit of using them is that vines and flowers are protected from overheating during spells of hot weather. Better still, plastic trellises don’t need repainting.
The Hamilton Vinyl Arched Trellis can be staked into the ground and offer 35 cells for plants like hydrangeas and morning glory to bloom through.
VegTrug Cathedral Garden Arch
For any high-climbers or trainable vines, an archway is a great way to not only support your plants but also create a statement garden feature to enjoy year-round.
This VegTrug Cathedral Garden Iron Arch is designed to balance antique-style with modern functionality and has a powder coated frame for weather and waterproofing, a wide base and extended leg stakes for stability.
Claimed to be an easy-build without tools, this could be an interesting option for supporting your roses and vines.
Natural Steel Finish Arch Trellis
- Buy now from Artisan Plant Supports (£95.00+)
You can count on steel-made trellis’ to last a long time, purely by merit of the metal’s durability.
Supplied with pre-fixed mounting brackets, these particular frames by Artisan Plant supports can be attached directly to walls (including brick walls) or lent against something to offer a climbing plant support from the ground up.
8mm galvanised or rusted steel bars make up the frames and you can choose from a range of powder coated finishes.
Rustic Gothic Flower Trellis
- Buy now from Secret Gardens Furniture (£225.00)
With small flowers dotted across this bent metal climbing plant supporter, we can assume it’s designed to be both durable and decorative in any space around the garden.
The flowers follow a natural Gothic arch shape and will encourage plants into well-spaced criss crosses as they grow. The natural screen formed should also allow light through each section.
Diagonal Trellis Convex Arched Topper Panel
- Buy now from The Garden Trellis Co. (£31.00+)
Arched top trellis panels are great for adding shape and character to a run of fencing. These particular panels are suitable for timber or concrete fence posts. The grooved frame with eased edges holds a trellis with slim slats, spaced with 40mm gaps for climbing vines.
There are 11 different finishing options including 10 stain shades and these panels come with a 12-month timber guarantee. This means you can personalise the panels to your own garden.
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