I've never understood why trellis manufacturers just keep doing the same old thing, year after year after year. After all, a trellis doesn't have to be just for vining plants. An attractive trellis structure can be just that ... part of the decor on a garden wall.
So ... I was quite happy to receive a catalog from Trellis Structures, a Massachusetts company that makes some very attractive items -- gates, fences, trellises, arbors, and more.
The image above is one of their "accent" trellises ... a modular piece 41 inches high that can be combined with a second one for a full-size trellis. There are a series of these accents in different designs -- all quite striking -- that would enhance almost any garden.
I also liked the "Palmate" trellis shown here -- six feet four inches high and two feet one inch wide in kiln-dried western red cedar (with stainless steel fastenings). It does, of course, evoke a tree's branches, so it's a wonderful garden match.
I can't imagine why anyone would want to grow anything on this "Ribbon" trellis and cover up the design ... but you could install some nice plants below it and beside it to call attention to its whimisical structure.
And best of all, designers, these trellises are definitely affordable ... so even your most modest (or price-sensitive) clients could easily afford one.
And do check out the others available on the Trellis Structures website.