Lacing a Wall Trellis
Create a wire plant trellis that will last year after year. Build this simple support to subtly hold climbing plants to a wall.
To create a vine-covered wall, you'll need to provide a permanent support for twining and tendriled vines such as clematis and passionflower. You also will need to tie clambering vines or vines that climb by thorns, such as roses and pyracantha, to help them climb. Here's how to create a pattern of crisscrossing wires that will form an 8-inch grid suitable for most grabbing or twining vines.
To attach wires directly to the wall, use screw hooks or hook eyes. Screw hooks are better because the hook will be 1 inch from the wall when it is driven in. This holds the wires an inch from the wall, allowing the vines more room to maneuver. In mortar or brick walls, use a drill with a mortar bit to make a hole for a plastic screw holder, then screw the hook into it. If you are attaching wire to an empty frame, screw hooks into the inside edge of the frame.