Arches, obelisks, pyramids, trellises, wooden pergolas - these classic options for liana supports seem boring to many today. Of course, on any support, beautiful garden treetops can become an irresistible vertical accent or perform the function of masking. But at a time when the possibility of original solutions in the design of the garden is limited only by your imagination and budget, to the question of choosing supports for climbing or creeping plants we recommend to approach unconventionally. Unusual, extravagant, reminding art objects, practical or ecological - there are a lot of variants "not like all others".
- Benefits of using non-standard plant supports
- Pavilions and other architectural forms
- Doors and windows in a new quality
- Wrought iron trees and works of art
- Minimalism in the square
- New life for old objects and antiques
- Where to use non-standard supports
Benefits of non-standard supports for plants
The vertical structure of the garden, its expressiveness and dynamics are responsible for many elements - dominants, skeletal plantings, small architecture, and accent plants in each individual composition. But there is no more interesting way to play with the vertical plane than with supporting structures for garden plants. And we're not just talking about climbing, climbing, or climbing stars: Perennials and seasonal stars, whose flowers are too heavy for fragile shoots, also need supports. Even small supports for peonies or lianas - and they can perform a completely unexpected function.
Posts for lianas can bring to the garden not only grace, airiness, expressiveness and structure, but also play the role of a complete decor, style-forming decoration or an element that attracts the eye. With a variety of supports you can:
- express your character and tastes;
- remember your hobbies and interests;
- make a statement about your position or views on life;
- bring a sense of luxury;
- create a special atmosphere.
Posts fulfill simultaneously aesthetic and practical tasks. The first ones are often ignored, because the main motive for buying or creating a support for plants is always purely practical. You need supports if you want to support decaying bushes or fragile flower stems, to uncover the beauty of climbing roses or clematis, to create a colorful screen from public view or to drape dull and boring walls by creating living canopies and cascades. After all the chance to bring something unique into the garden does not fall out so often.
Original constructions, which play the role of a support for plants, is difficult to classify or cover unequivocally. They can be anything - in style, shape, size, materials and aesthetic value. If a support performs its main function and at the same time seems to be an original decoration, revealing better the nature of your garden design - then it can be written down in the row of non-standard and acceptable.
Mini-boxes, pavilions and other architectural forms
For the greatest impression always make designs that cause associations with small architecture. Lianas, in particular climbing roses, are often used to decorate gazebos and pergolas around the seating area. But lovers of architectural solutions and original forms often go further: build their castles, towers and pavilions specifically for lianas.
This version of support is for those who really love architecture and have always dreamed of decorating their gardens with fairy castles, beautiful constructions and experimental forms.
Architecture in a simplified, miniature copy, an imitation of buildings or individual elements, created merely as a support for a vines, affects the "viewer" in a similar way to the imitation of garden ruins. Such objects always speak eloquently about the hobbies and tastes of the owners.
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Woven or wrought iron "cages"-pavilions, erected colonnades, imitation of triumphal arches, pagodas, wooden lodges, round towers, woven obelisks turned into spires of cathedrals, and towers of medieval castles, through the alternation of openwork and dense parts imitate the volume and massive pyramid, mini-copies of legendary masterpieces of world architecture - are examples of architectural solutions for supporting structures.
These are used mainly for lianas, but not only: for example, a round pavilion or a tower of wrought-iron elements can be erected around a weeping tree, as if capturing it with an openwork structure. A light wicker obelisk-tower or a cottage with windows would even make a decoration for the vegetable garden and be a base for beans. © Suzanne de Boer
Doors and windows in a new quality
If you have old window and door frames, grilles, structural elements left as a result of building works, dismantling old buildings, changing interiors, don't throw them away. After all, they can acquire a new life in your garden.
Installed in a flower bed, a flower garden, at the end of a "blind" path, window frames without glass or doors fixed on a secure base, and even just a door or window frame, a forged window grid or partition seem to invite you to look into secret, hidden corners of the garden.
Such objects are one of the simplest and most spectacular examples of trompe-l'oeil, optical traps. But they need not only imitate and "entice": all these constructions are so reliable that they can be used to support garden plants.
There is nothing more original than a rose bashfully braiding an old, time-worn door, turning it into a fairy portal. Or ivy, whimsically softening the silhouettes of the windowpanes in the flower bed and giving the whole decoration an antique effect. Such supports always seem a little unearthly and magical, combining the art of optical play with a non-standard approach to the choice of supporting structures.
Howled trees and artwork
If you're a fan of modern forged art and figure casting, such elements fit in perfectly with your garden style. And if the budget allows you to replenish collections with new forged products, there are not a lot of options for introducing unusual supporting supports into the design. Here you are limited only by your own fantasy and the skill of the master. Magnificent forged trees unfolding their branches to an impressive height, or elegant imitations of lace, animals, fairytale characters - all these supports for climbing plants made by the method of artistic forging can become a real "highlight" of your garden design.
Minimalism in the square
In contemporary styles of landscape design, especially with a focus on materials and lines, texture and brevity, minimalist, abstract and symbolist solutions are not only appropriate, but necessary. Supports in such gardens can be made in the form of modern sculptures, pure geometric contours, three-dimensional figures made of unusual and atypical materials - steel, copper, acrylic, plastic, concrete and even glass.
Cubes or circles inscribed into each other, concrete and steel frame-portals, minimalistic construction-columns with lighting, elegant "transparent" repeating frames, "musical" series of wooden or metal columns, obelisks made of glass or metal, 3D-sculptures, supports with solar panels... There is plenty to choose from.
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Usually these solutions are introduced into the garden by professional designers and are offered in their catalogs by the best landscape centers. But fans of modern art can always try to create something unusual and with their own hands.
Minimalist solutions are especially good in the construction of supports for supporting flowering perennials. Instead of usual tripods or chain blocks you can use more original solutions - steel cubes and spheres, triangles and rhombuses, unusual poles instead of primitive wooden pegs etc.
The new life of old objects and antiques
Time passes, and many, once considered irreplaceable, household objects and things are sent to the dump or to dusty storehouses, forever forgotten by their owners. If you are throwing away appliances, furniture or furnishings, look at them carefully first. Large enough items in the garden can be used in a new way, continuing their indoor career as an unusual support for plants.
Old wooden spinning wheels or sewing machine looms can be a great alternative to a peg for tying up large perennials. Ladders, stepladders and their counterparts, especially if you stress that you are not using them for their intended purpose, will do the job of supporting any vines. Even an old sideboard, shelving unit, buffet walls, easels and easels, trainers, shelves, cupboard, chest of drawers or chairs can change their purpose to a purely practical task. Clever people even manage to take the "stuffing" out of TVs and refrigerators, washing machines and other appliances, and place the body as a support in gardens with nostalgic notes.
For the change of purpose to be successful, and your new garden decor served as a support not one season, you just need to take care about the proper treatment of materials. Fortunately, there are quite a few means to protect both wood, metal and plastic from corrosion and weather.
These are just a few of the possible categories of original supports. If you wish, you can even create trellises in the form of a surfboard, a fence made of giant colored pencils or elegant ballerinas of woven vines, which will support clematis no worse than an arch...
Where to use non-standard supports
The choice of unusual supporting supports is a very difficult task. To find a design that would surprise both you and your guests, you need to trust your intuition, rely on your taste and look for new uses for familiar items and materials. Courage is the main helper. And the relevance or activity of your actions depends only on one thing - whether they bring you a unique joy.
The use of non-standard supports is very simple: they are placed where they can be admired. In fact, original solutions from among supporting structures are equal in their status to a garden sculpture. And this is how they should be perceived: as a subject of garden art and collecting.
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