Climbing plants are a versatile addition to any garden, partly because they can be trained. Climbing roses, runner beans, 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 15 attractive metal, wooden and plastic climbing plant supports, including trellises and obelisks. Find inspiration from everything from classic archways, gothic-themed arches, pretty vintage designs, and practical trellises for growing healthy and decorative vine plants.
The best climbing plant supports
Bloomsbury Market Hortense 3 Piece Obelisk Butterfly Trellis Set
£112.99, available from Wayfair
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.
£168.99, available at Robert Dyas
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.
£65, available from Garden Trading
Minster Gothic Willow Trellis
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.
£14.99, available from Crocus
Diagonal Trellis Convex Arch
A classic convex arch adds style and shape to standard fencing. Compatible with both concrete and timber fence posts. Not only does it offer added privacy, it provides a solid support for a range of climbing plants. There are 10 paint or stained options to choose from in this design. So you’re bound to find a suitable shade to complement your garden. Manufactured using 100% FSC Pine and treated for external use, it comes with a 12 year timber guarantee.
From £93, available at Garden Trellis
Aldora Iron Arched Trellis
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.
£38.99, available at Wayfair
Raw Metal Honeysuckle Barrington Trellis
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.
£55, available from Garden Trading
Dakota Fields 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.
£125.99, available from Wayfair
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.
£23.99, available from Crocus
Perching Birds Pot Trellis in Black
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.
£13.99, available from Primrose