Flower Pot Trellis Ideas

Handy for Growing Vegetables Also

With a flower pot trellis, you can grow all kinds of climbing plants in almost any viable location.

Whether you live in an apartment with a balcony or have space for a large garden, growing beautiful flowering plants and luscious vegetables like beans are no longer a problem. Trellises are perfect for front porches, decks, patios, and gardens too.

A clematis will greatly benefit from a trellis.
A clematis is a natural climber - so a trellis just makes sense

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DIY Flower Pot Trellis Ideas

Trellises are easy to make and can be used to complement your outdoor decor. Mary and I have made several from materials we already had on hand.

stick and twine plant pot trellis
Stakes and twine make a dependable flower pot trellis
For this trellis, all you need are two poles and twine.

I like to cut cedar fence slats (less than $3 at Home Depot) into long stakes. You can also use bamboo stakes or even sticks from limbs for a more natural look.

I notched the poles to catch the twine. You can easily make notches with a hand saw.

If one's not available just wrap the twine twice around the pole before extending it to the adjacent one. As you can see, wrapping the twine around the poles gives your plants plenty of support.

We use this trellis idea to support a clematis in our yard but we've also used it in flower pots. You can use this idea for plants adjacent to your porch. Plants on a porch are usually seasonal, so we didn't want to permanently "install" a trellis to display our mandevilla plant - a most colorful addition to any porch.

So instead we installed a "temporary" trellis using the same idea as above. We affixed a bottom rail with notches in the pot and one at the top of our porch column. We then used twine to create the supports for the plant.


Try Making an Invisible Trellis

flower pot trellis on front porch
Temporary flower pot trellis helps this beautiful mandevilla climb on our front porch


trellis support at top of porch column
Trellis support at top of porch column



Video: Making an Invisible Trellis



Our flowers climb up our porch column "magically" with this invisible flower pot trellis. Plain twine or fishing line make an "invisible" trellis easily for the pots on our front porch.




This attractive flower pot trellis that would make a wonderful gift.

Decorative flower pot trellis
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Vegetable Garden Trellis Options

tomatoes staked up
Tomatoes growing in a pot can benefit from a trellis
Trellises allow vegetables to grow naturally in a vertical position. Doing so helps prevent many types of plant diseases and can also assist in producing more product.

Whether growing vegetables in your garden or on your porch, deck, or patio, the right trellis can save you lots of space too.

Trellises can assist a plant in producing more fruit rather than in rooting along the ground. Tomatoes and sweet potatoes are two vegetables that like to grow along the ground if you let them.

This can be preferable in some cases; however, by training them using either a cage or ladder like trellis, you can potentially grow more product.

Other advantages include ease of harvest (no need to search through a mass of leaves), fruits tend to be a lot cleaner, and there's no bending over. The portable planter and trellis combination pictured below is perfect for growing tomatoes and other climbing vegetables in locations you may not have previously considered. If you purchase an item through affiliate links within our content, we will earn a commission at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. See our disclosure policy.



Mobile Garden Vegetable Patch Planter Pot & Trellis
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Plants that wrap themselves around the support or grasp it (often called twiners) need a small diameter support at the soil so they can readily grasp it as soon as growth appears.

For vegetables (like pole beans) that prefer to wrap themselves as they grow, the lattice trellis like the one below may be the answer. And you can use it in a variety of locations too.

BEFFEE Metal Lattices Grid Panel and Large Garden Flower Planter
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Cages are perfect for tomatoes and sweet potatoes. We really like this one as it takes the guess work out of watering and gives us more time for other endeavors.

Hydrofarm 10 Gallon Self Watering Tomato Trellis Garden on Wheels
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As a general rule do not use fan-shaped trellises near the center of a lawn area. For aesthetic reasons, fan trellises are best placed on the sides, near the boundary.

These extremely popular Dura-Trel trellises are quite functional for lots of various vegetables and the vinyl construction will not only look impressive but also last a long time.

BestNest Dura-Trel Sunburst Planter Trellises
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Video: Growing Tomatoes in Pots






Which of These Trellis-Loving Plants Do You Adore?

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Pole Beans
  • Gourds
  • Peas
  • Squash
  • Melons
  • Pumpkins
  • Grapes
  • Morning Glories
  • Clematis
  • Kiwi
  • Nasurtium
  • Sweet Pea
  • Mandevilla
  • Bougainvillea
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Blue Moon Wisteria
  • Climbing Hydrangea
Idea: Consider placing a few seeds of a rapid growing annual (like morning glories) adjacent to your primary plant taking care not to let it overwhelm the primary plant.

Check Out These Wooden Vegetable Garden Trellis Ideas

When using wooden trellis structures that require painting from year to year, use "trainable" climbers on a trellis. Clinging vines will need to be pulled away from the wood every few years, after which only the young shoots will cling.

clematis on wooden lattice trellis
Beautiful clematis on wooden lattice trellis
wooden garden trellis with vines
Wooden garden trellis


The two of us hope you enjoyed these flower pot trellis ideas. Whether you purchase a ready-made trellis or fashion one of your own with materials you already have on hand - may your flowers and veggies grow in abundance!


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