The Q&A Archives: Growing Roses on Trellis

Question: Last year my roses grew fabulously. This year I want to show them off and train them to grow up a trellis. How do I build a trellis without breaking the bank, or my back and train my roses to climb it?

Answer: A trellis can enhance your privacy and provide a wonderful focal point to any garden. Save yourself time (and stress) with a maintenance-free vinyl lattice. Cut each panel to your desired size and install the lattice with nails or screws. The non-rotting, termite- and insect-resistant composition means your lattice will always look as great as the day you installed it.

Consider a rose-covered trellis. Roses are a popular choice for lattice work and arbors, choose varieties described as climbers or pillars. These produce especially long canes that can be trained to a trellis. Climbing roses do not really climb; rather, they form long canes that must be secured to supports. Use fabric strips to secure the canes so you do not damage them.

Most roses have a distinct bloom period that lasts for several weeks and some will continue to flower until the end of the growing season. Good luck!

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