Nick Bai­ley on cre­at­ing rooms with trel­lis

This cheap and easy de­sign trick will trans­form gar­dens big or small

Garden News (UK) - - News - NICK BAI­LEY

There’s a sim­ple but ef­fec­tive de­sign trick I use time and again. It’s not dif­fi­cult to do and it makes a world of dif­fer­ence to your plot. I’m talk­ing about di­vid­ing up spa­ces. This tried and tested de­sign ap­proach is guar­an­teed to make even the small­est gar­den feel big­ger and, in the process, add mys­tery and al­lure.

From hedges and walls to fences and gabions, there are lots of ways to do this but the sim­plest, fastest and cheap­est op­tion is trel­lis. Just a few 1.8m x 1.8m (6ft x 6ft) pan­els, po­si­tioned in the right place and flanked with climbers, will change how a gar­den feels. Long plots work best, di­vided two or three times to pro­duce square ‘rooms’. Large gar­dens can also ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­ple trel­lis screens to make in­ter­con­nected rooms.

There are many styles of trel­lis on the mar­ket. Some are so densely grid­ded that most plants would strug­gle to get a grip on them, but can work as stand-alone, plant-free di­vi­sions. Oth­ers are high-end and high-price, or con­structed from steel rather than wood. The most com­monly avail­able from gar­den cen­tres and DIY stores are those with a roughly 30cm (1ft) grid. They tend to be sold in 1.8m (6ft) heights and dif­fer­ent widths. Trel­lis is also easy to build your­self but can be more ex­pen­sive than pre-made pan­els.

Al­though it doesn’t re­ceive the same wind buffer­ing as a solid fence panel, trel­lis does take a bat­ter­ing, es­pe­cially if it’s flanked with climbers, so sturdy sup­port posts are es­sen­tial. Go for a min­i­mum of 10cm x 10cm (4in x 4in) tanalised tim­ber posts. These should be plunged into around 45cm (18in) of con­crete be­low ground. Keep it sim­ple by buy­ing pre-mix bags of con­crete and adding wa­ter. Equally, the posts can be placed in the ground and dry pre-mix rammed around them and al­lowed to set with soil mois­ture. Get spac­ing be­tween the post per­fect by us­ing trel­lis pan­els, tacked be­tween them while their con­crete is set­ting. Once fully set you can nail or screw the pan­els to the posts.

Most pre-made trel­lis is tanalised with preser­va­tive so should last 15-20 years but this can be ex­tended with stain or paint. Choose your colour so it fits with your plot or sets off an­other theme. How­ever you do it, in­ex­pen­sive trel­lis pan­els are a sure-fire way to eas­ily di­vide up your gar­den and cre­ate the il­lu­sion of more space.

Cre­ate an air of seclu­sion with a sin­gle trel­lis panel cov­ered in pre y climbers

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