DIY Rose Trellis

Some say I’m an “old soul” and I would have to agree. I’m an old soul for many reasons, but one of those would have to be my intense love for gardening. My passion for flowers began at a young age when I would help my dad with yard work on warm summer mornings. I was particularly obsessed with the pink mimosa blossoms on the trees. To this day, just seeing a mimosa tree transports me back to those long summer days when I didn’t have a care in the world.

One of my favorite plants in my landscape is roses! I love everything about them. I took Horticulture in college and learned many tips on growing them. Here is my first rose bloom of the season

2015-04-13 09.38.32-1Now, on to an easy DIY rose trellis. I have two climbing rose bushes in the backyard. They are fairly close together, but I wanted to incorporate a trellis that would connect them as they grew taller, making almost a wall of flowers. I didn’t like the rose trellis at the garden stores, so I decided to make my own.

You need:

  • 1 long piece of regular wood lattice – 8 ft long (mine was about $14 at Lowe’s)
  • 3 wooden stakes with pointed tips – at least 36 in tall
  • Wood screws
  • Black spray paint (or any color you choose)

All it takes is screwing the stakes onto the lattice (I used a drill). One on each end, then one in the middle. The stakes don’t need to go all the way up to the top of the lattice, but high enough to be supportive. Spray paint it the color you choose. I used Rust-Oleum flat black. This helps with wood rot resistance. Then hammer into the ground a few inches, or at least until the lattice is sturdy. Here’s how ours looks…

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To train my roses, I use a zip tie to secure them at a 45º angle. Obviously, as these continue to grow taller, we will add more height to the lattice. These roses are a little over a year old. They will bloom bright red soon!

And as always, my little helper was there to make sure it was done right!

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