When we began our remodel in 2005, it required that we dramatically grade our rear yard to accommodate for the extension of the home. Our rear yard has an uphill slope. After all the tractors departed, I was left with a gigantic six foot eyesore of a retaining wall. The only way to cover it was with clever plantings.
In the spring of 2008, I started the landscaping process by making my own invisible trellis to hide the wall. An invisible trellis is an inexpensive way to train a vine up a wall without the expenditure and installation of wood lattice or a metal trellis.
Here’s a look at my version up close:
An invisible trellis is very easy to install, and virtually maintenance free. The only tools you need are a drill for pilot holes, wire cutters, and a measuring tape. The only supplies you’ll need are screw eyes and galvanized steel wire, pictured below.
The first step is to map out your trellis on your wall or fence. I used a pencil to mark off the location for the screw eyes along the upper diagonal of my wall, then created a vertical and horizontal grid 12 inches apart. The second step is to drill pilot holes where you’ve marked the location for your screw eyes. Once all of your screw eyes are installed, simply connect the eyes with your galvanized wire to form the trellis.
The invisible trellis virtually disappears on the wall, and allows the beautiful vine to put on a show. And here is the wall after installing the invisible trellis, a citrus tree, and some shrubs. It’s amazing how greenery can turn something functional into something lovely.
Last summer, I planted two pink bower vines, a type of jasmine. In summer, my bower vines give me pink trumpet shaped blooms with dark pink throats. The added bonus is that the plant is an evergreen, so it stays green all winter long, hiding my wall throughout the year.
For another brief tutorial by Martha on installing an invisible trellis, look here.
Happy trellising !