We’re really super proud of our Clematis ‘Jackmanii’. Every year it climbs a trellis that stretches up about 12 feet, all the way from the ground to the roof gutters.
This past weekend I cut back the ‘Jackmanii’ vines, which revealed an unpleasant truth: while our Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ is a beauty, the trellis it grows on is a mess.
This should not be too surprising. The trellis was put up by a guy named Eddie. Eddie was capable, cheerful, and honest – but this sort of job was really not in his area of expertise, as general as that expertise is.
His trellis was made of crisscrossed wooden lath fencing. It looked ok initially, but it is not holding up well. What we need is something sturdy and sleek and not so ramshackle.
Also, something tall. Which raises the question, why are so many of the trellises sold in garden centers uselessly short? How many vines are there that only grow to 6′ or less? Not many, in my experience, or at least I haven’t bought many.
So anyhow, I went searching on the internet for a reasonably tall trellis. Before too long, I found the Panacea Giant Wall Trellis on the Gardener’s Supply website. I would call it an adequate, not a giant, wall trellis. It’s 9 feet tall, sufficient but not quite as tall as I’d like. It’s also 2 and a half feet wide, which means I’ll probably need 3 of them.
Now at last we can have a more suitable trellis to display Clematis ‘Jackmanii’. Ironically, though, this year our ‘Jackmanii’ might not be so hale and hearty. Construction of the new driveway narrowed the root run, and I’m not sure how that will impact the plant. Hopefully any diminution will be temporary.
In any case, I’m looking forward to installing the new trellis. It comes with brackets for attaching to the wall, so you don’t need to set it in concrete or anything like that.
What’s the tallest trellis in your garden?