Posted in Gardening
May 12, 2018

15 Trellis Plants That Are Bright, Charming, and Absolutely Gorgeous

Do you love the idea of having a trellis in your backyard?

We actually created a trellis over a walkway at our previous home. It made a neat little walkthrough to get into our garden.

Plus, we added a cute homemade garden gate as well. It felt very whimsical and added an element of beauty that otherwise wouldn’t have been there.

Also, it was very inexpensive to do.

So if you want to create the same feeling on your property, but aren’t sure what to plant to help fill out a trellis then keep reading because I’ll be giving you multiple ideas.

26 Gorgeous Trellis Plants:

1. Cucumber


You may not think ‘garden veggies’ when you think of filling out a trellis, but really, they are a very practical way of fulfilling this look.

Plus, it makes picking a ton easier. When you plant cucumbers on a trellis (whether it be larger or small) it will provide a shaded path, and keep you from having to bend over in order to pick your produce.

2. Clematis

via HGTV

When I think of a Clematis I think of two important people in my life that have since passed on. The first is my grandmother. She always grew a Clematis in a pot with a built-in trellis and kept it on her patio.

Then you have my mother-in-law. She grew a Clematis on a trellis in her front garden bed. She loved that flower, and I think that is why I love them so much now too.

3. Angel Trumpet

via Better Homes and Gardens

These are the most unique flowers that my mother-in-law introduced me to. I’ll tell you upfront, a lot of people won’t grow these flowers because if purposefully inhaled it has an intoxicating effect. Just be advised.

But if you can get past the fact that they are a potential drug, they are actually gorgeous flowers. They open their big trumpet-like blooms early in the morning. What a treat to wake up to.

4. Heavyweight Wisteria

via Gardenista

This Wisteria is an ideal flower to grow in a typical flower garden with a trellis. It looks almost magical as you walk through it and see the pretty blooms just flow down over your head.

So if you are looking for a storybook feel to your trellis pathway, then you should definitely consider growing Wisteria on your trellis.

5. Morning Glory

via The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Morning Glory is another flower that is very common to grow on a trellis. They flow so beautifully over anything they are growing on.

So if you’d like a splash of color growing on your trellis, then this could potentially be a great choice for you.

6. Golden Hops


Golden Hops look just like they sound. They are robust golden leaves that grow beautifully all over a trellis.

Naturally, their golden appearance adds a whimsical feeling. You’d have to imagine it would feel like you have your own personal ‘Yellow Brick Road’ right in your backyard.

7. Climbing Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are gorgeous flowers. We actually used them in our wedding a decade ago. (Yikes! I’m feeling a little old with that statement.)

However, as pretty as they are, they have a tendency to bloom and then die off quickly. So you don’t get a lot of beauty for longer periods of time like you could with other flower choices. Just keep that in mind.

8. Honeysuckle

via Gardening Know How

Honeysuckle is something I want to grow on a trellis because it holds a lot of childhood memories for me. I grew up in a really small town that literally felt like Mayberry.

And one of our greatest treasures every summer was all of the neighborhood kids got together and entertained ourselves outside all day. Honeysuckle was always a great treat to suck on as we played in the heat.

9. Lilac Solanum

These are gorgeous flowers with lilac colored blooms. They obviously add a pop of color to wherever they have been planted.

Which means, if you want a colorful place to walk under your trellis, then you might want to consider a plant with such a colorful bloom.

10. Yellow Variegated Ivy

I think of a trellis as an entryway to a garden area, but some people use a trellis to lead into a beautiful flower garden that doubles as a sitting area.

Well, if your sitting area is covered in gorgeous flowers, then you may not need so much color in your trellis. Therefore, this Ivy might be a good choice for that.

11. Jasmine

Jasmine is a gorgeous group of small flowers that bloom into little white blooms. They are gorgeous yet simple simultaneously.

So if you are looking for a subtle beauty to draw attention to your trellis, then this might be a great flower choice.

12. Vitis Coignetiae

via Bluebell Nursery

Don’t let the complicated name scare you away from this one. It is a gorgeous ornamental grape vine that has beautiful reddish orange leaves.

Now, this vine is strictly ornamental so it will provide beauty but no fruit. However, the beautiful colors would definitely brighten up any trellis area.

13. Half Runner Green Beans

This is another practical idea for a trellis. We used a PVC trellis over a walkway and then planted our half runner green beans on the outside of the trellis.

That was probably one of the smartest moves we made. Not only did it provide a nice shaded walking path, but it also made picking our green beans a ton easier.

14. Grapes

The same way you can plant an ornamental grape vine, you can actually plant a grape vine. You can train the grape vines up the trellis and eventually the leaves and grapes will fill in.

Then when it is time to pick your grapes, it makes picking a lot easier because you don’t have to bend so much.

15. Trellis Nasturtium Flame Thrower

These plants are not only gorgeous and produce beautifully colored flowers, but they also have a lot of great benefits to them.

You probably weren’t aware that they can repel pest insects, attract the good insects, and lots more too. This could be a great addition to your trellis.