An arch trellis is a curved framework that provides a stable structure for plants to climb, giving your garden a more romantic look.
You've probably seen them at garden weddings and in beautiful landscapes and think they're only for garden professionals, but the truth is that arch trellises can be easily incorporated into your garden. All you need is a sturdy framework, climbing plants, and patience!
Below we will cover things you should know before and after getting an arch trellis, the best crops and flowers for your trellis, and some tips from experienced gardeners.
1. Choose the right arch trellis
Choose an arch trellis that fits the dimensions of your metal raised garden bed and is suitable for the plants you want to grow. Vego Garden offers a wide range of arch trellises for different dimensions of raised beds and structures. Best of all, they're easy to install because they attach directly to the raised bed's panels.
Decide where you want your metal raised beds in the garden because where you place your metal raised beds will determine what kind of climbing crops you need to get. However, if you already know what crops you want to grow, you should make sure that the location of the metal raised bed fulfill its needs.
Once you have chosen the location for the metal raised bed, you'll need to find a spot on the metal raised bed for the trellis. It's usually best to place it in the center or on one of the sides so that the plants can grow against and over the arch. It's recommended to leave a space of 4 to 5 feet in the arch for a person to walk by with a basket or tools, especially if you do a lot of work in your garden.
Vego Garden has an easy-to-install arched trellis that attaches to the outside of the metal raised bed. Also, there are many Youtube videos you can watch to make the process easier for you.
4. Choosing Plants
When choosing crops for your arch trellis, consider your climate, sun exposure, and the particular needs of each plant. Make sure the plants you choose are suitable for the trellis and that they can be easily trained to climb and cover the structure effectively.
5. Planting Vining Crops and Plants
To make the most out of your arch trellis, choose vining vegetables and fruits that can climb, produce a bountiful harvest and give your garden a romantic cottage look!
Once the trellis is in place, you can start planting your climbing plants or vines at the base of the trellis. Position the plants at equal distances from each other along the trellis to promote balanced growth.
Below you'll find a list of the best vinning crops and another list of the best vining flowers for climbing arches.
6. Vining Crops
Cucumbers need full sun to thrive and prefer consistently moist soil, so regular watering is important, especially during hot, dry periods. Cucumbers are warm-season crops and are sensitive to frost. They thrive at temperatures between 70°F to 90°F (21°C to 32°C). Some cucumber varieties can climb if provided with a trellis or support. Pruning isn't necessary with cucumbers, but you can grow the main vine vertically to make harvesting easier.
Squash plants need full sun to thrive. They prefer well-drained soil and need regular watering, especially during the flowering and fruiting stages. Squash is native to the Americas and thrives at temperatures between 70°F to 95°F (21°C to 35°C). It's sensitive to frost and should be planted after the last frost date.
They thrive in full sun and prefer consistently moist but well-drained soil, so regular watering is important, especially during drought. Pole beans thrive in warm season temperatures between 65°F to 85°F (18°C to 29°C). They're frost sensitive and should be planted after the last frost date. Beans form a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria that enrich the soil. They generally require little fertilizer, but a balanced fertilizer can be applied at planting time. Pole beans are climbers that can climb and grow vertically using tendrils.
They prefer full sun, but can tolerate light shade. They need regular watering, especially during flowering and pod development. Peas are a cool-season crops and can tolerate light frost. They thrive at temperatures between 55°F to 75°F (13°C to 24°C). Peas usually require minimal fertilization.
Tomatoes need full sun, prefer consistently moist soil, and benefit from deep, regular irrigation. Tomatoes are warm-season crops and are sensitive to frost. They thrive at temperatures between 70°F to 85°F (21°C to 29°C). Use a balanced fertilizer when planting and switch to a phosphorus-rich fertilizer when flowering begins. Pruning is important to remove shoots and promote air circulation for better fruit development and disease prevention.
Kiwi prefers full sun, but will tolerate light shade and needs well-drained soil and regular watering. Kiwi must be protected from extreme cold in the winter.Use a balanced fertilizer in the spring, followed by a nitrogen-rich fertilizer in early summer. Kiwi plants are vigorous climbers and need strong support. Pruning is important to control their growth, remove dead wood and encourage fruit production.
Grapes require full sun and prefer well-drained soil and regular watering, especially in hot and dry periods. Depending on the variety, grapes can tolerate a range of temperatures. They prefer temperate climates. Fertilize in the spring and avoid excessive nitrogen, which can promote excessive vegetative growth. Pruning is important to remove old wood, improve air circulation, and promote fruiting.
7. Vining Plants and Flowers
Clematis prefers full sun to light shade, but its roots should be kept cool and shaded. Provide well-drained soil and consistent moisture. Most clematis prefer temperate climates with mild summers and winters. Fertilize clematis with a balanced fertilizer in early spring when new growth begins and again in late summer after the first bloom.
Climbing roses thrive in full sun with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. They need regular watering to keep the soil consistently moist. Fertilize climbing roses in spring and mid-summer with a balanced rose fertilizer to promote healthy growth and abundant blooms. Prune them back in late winter or early spring to remove dead or weak wood and shape the plant for better ventilation and blooming.
Morning glories love full sun and warm temperatures. They prefer well-drained soil and moderate watering, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Morning glories thrive in warm climates and can be sensitive to cold temperatures. A well-fertilized soil at the time of planting should be adequate. Morning lilies climb quickly and wrap themselves around any available support.
Wisteria thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Needs to be watered abundantly in dry periods, but avoid waterlogging. Wisteria prefers temperate climates and can be sensitive to extreme cold or heat. Give a balanced fertilizer in spring to encourage healthy growth and flowering. Wisteria is a vigorous climber that needs strong support. Prune it regularly to control growth, encourage flowering and prevent it from becoming too invasive.
Regularly prune and train the vines to encourage healthy growth and maximize your harvest. Additionally, ensure that the trellis is positioned to receive adequate sunlight for the best plant growth and fruit production.