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Which climbing support for clematis? Check out these 10 ideas!

The clematis, like all climbing plants, needs a climbing aid to grow in height . Only in this way can the flowering woodland vine unfold its full glory. So you still need to find a suitable solution when planting clematis. If you are wondering which climbing aid is best for clematis, take a look at these 10 ideas.

The fence as a climbing aid for clematis

Climbing net for clematis and fence as climbing aid

Clematis is one of the climbing plants that are ideal for fence planting . It is best to choose a clematis variety of cutting group 3, such as Romantica, Etoile Violette and Prince Charles. They grow quickly and can form a good privacy screen from the neighbor in a short time.

Clematis on a white picket fence

Whether you have an old wooden picket fence, a stylish forged metal fence or a strong concrete fence, the main thing is that there is something to hold on to. For extra climbing support, you can stretch a thin string between the posts or attach a climbing net to the fence.

clematis around a picket fence

Growing clematis on a wall

Climbing net for clematis and climbing rose on house wall


A wall covered in flowering climbers is pretty impressive, isn’t it? Even though it looks like the plants are creeping right up the wall, there is actually a climbing system there. Some gardeners believe that the dense foliage is not good for the building and can lead to mold and other problems because of poor ventilation.

Wooden trellis for clematis on house wall

For this reason, it is best to ensure that there is adequate distance between the wall and the trellis. About 5 to 10 centimeters is ideal, so that air exchange can take place. Alternatively, if a net on the facade would not be a reliable solution for you, use a trellis made of wooden slats, over which the clematis will climb.

trellis for clematis on house wall


Trellis for clematis attached to house wall

Creeper for clematis around the downpipe

climbing aid clematis rain pipe

If you find a downpipe disturbing, you can plant it with clematis. To prevent structural damage, direct greening is also not recommended.

The following solutions are available for downpipe greening:

  • several parallel wire ropes flanking the downpipe
  • or a semicircular downpipe trellis that is attached separately to the house wall.

Embellish downpipe with clematis

climbing aid clematis downpipe

climbing aid downpipe clematis

Decorate railings with clematis

Clematis on stair railings to elevated terrace

Don’t want to risk damage when greening a house wall? What do you think about the idea of letting clematis climb the railings and posts of your porch or raised terrace? Such a plant decoration will surely be a blooming eye-catcher and can also serve as a privacy screen.

flowering clematis as privacy screen for veranda

A notable disadvantage is that you can not comfortably use the railing as soon as the climbing plant densely overhangs it. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the climbing plant grows in the desired direction.

Clematis as privacy screen for veranda

A post or a tree as a climbing support

Clematis grow on a tree

Do you grow trees on the property? Then you already have a climbing aid for your clematis! For this role, only fruit trees are not suitable, because they should not have any competition. This will also save you from unnecessary problems with the harvest.

Clematis entwines a tree in the front garden

Columns and climbing aids for clematis

Trellis for clematis

Wooden trellis for growing clematis

Trellises are practical supports for climbing plants of all kinds. Whether made of wood or metal, homemade or purchased, large or small – they are an extremely versatile and decorative design element in any garden. And, of course, ideally suited for clematis. In addition, trellises can help divide the garden into zones, hide unsightly objects on the plot and provide privacy for a seating area.

Climbing aid too small for clematis

The design and size of such a support depends on the characteristics of the plant that will climb on it: compact clematis varieties can be grown on smaller trellises. For strong-growing clematis, of course, a larger trellis is necessary.

Garden arches and pergolas

Clematis climbing plant for pergola from wood

There is no doubt that garden arches and pergolas planted with clematis are very attractive. If you want to create a romantic garden corner in your cottage garden, this option is for you.

Clematis and climbing rose on pergola

Sturdy, sturdy pergolas made of wood can withstand large and heavy woodland vines – and even more than one! Clematis and climbing roses, by the way, can be successfully combined.

Clematis on garden arbor as a climbing aid

Garden arches designed for not too strong-growing varieties can be quite light and airy. We have summarized the most popular types of garden arches in this article. To make it easier for young clematis to hang, attach a large-mesh plastic or metal trellis to the poles.

Metal garden arch with lattice as a climbing aid for clematis

Pergolas are usually made of wood, and arches are made of metal. But you can also try to make a climbing support yourself from PVC pipes and trellis.

Ranking tower or obelisk (freestanding).

Obelisk as a climbing aid for clematis in the garden

Such structures are less common in our gardens than trellises, arches and pergolas. However, it is worth paying attention to them: such supports are compact, stable and allow you to create compositions in a variety of styles.

trellis for clematis made of wood

A flowering column looks great in the lawn; it can be made the center of a large flower bed or a separate object in the garden design. At the same time, the construction does not have to be elaborate – you can make a simple support of this type yourself with wooden sticks, bamboo or even willow. For example, a teepee made of bamboo poles is a very inexpensive and simple solution.

wooden obelisk for clematis in garden

Choose the material and style of the support that will fit the design of your garden: Obviously, an antique-style wrought iron obelisk will not go well with a modern garden. Make sure the structure is large enough to support the variety you want to grow. For example, the growth height ofClematis montanazum is 5 to 10 meters.

wooden obelisk 2 meter high for clematis

Climbing support for clematis in the tub

clematis in a pot

By the way, this type of climbing support is most often used for clematis in tubs. If you decide to use a DIY solution, just make sure that your climbing pyramid is not too small. It should have a height of at least 1.5 meters.

climbing aid obelisk made of willow or bamboo tied to tepee

Obelisk climbing aid for clematis in pot

Obelisk made of metal for clematis in tub

trellis for clematis in tub made of metal

Climbing aid made of wire mesh

Wire mesh trellis for clematis

And here’s another idea for a free-standing climbing aid: a column made of large-mesh wire mesh. You can either make this yourself or buy it ready-made. By the way, such columns are still called gabion columns and are available in different sizes.

make your own wire trellis for clematis

Original upcycling ideas

Climbing aid for clematis from old wheels

And finally, there are some ideas for unusual climbing aids, which are difficult to classify into a particular category. Perhaps they will inspire you to do an upcycling project. Now you know that rusty metal wheels from some equipment or an old wooden ladder are perfect as supports for your clematis. Just rummage around in your basement or at a flea market and you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

old wooden ladder as a climbing aid for clematis

trellis for clematis for posts