The final step in this project is to enjoy it.

A trellis is a lovely way to decorate a wall. A balcony garden invites nature closer and decorating the walls of a small patio couldn’t be easier. 

Forget plain walls - go for a living ornament that offers food to bees and butterflies. If you’re lucky, you might even have feathered friends visiting in the springtime.

Select plants that will thrive in the light you are able to provide in their new home. Pictures: Supplied

What you will need:

  • A trellis
  • Decorative pots for the trellis
  • Small flowering plants
  • Well-draining plastic pots, if the pots which the plants come in aren’t suitable
  • Cable ties 
  • Scissors
  • A bucket or Tubtrug (to catch soil)

Using cable ties, attach the decorative pots to the trellis.

Step 1: Choose your plants

Select plants that will thrive in the light you are able to provide in their new home. For this reason, it’s necessary to know how the light tends to move during the day, is there a period of full sun? Full shade? Get familiar with your space before you choose your flowering plants.

Attach your pots in a slightly staggered angle and turn them so that each pot faces a different direction to its neighbour.

Step 2: Planting your plants

Using the correct potting mix for the plants you have selected. Plant them in well-draining plastic pots, being sure to pat down the soil once the plant has been placed. Once the plants are snug in the plastic pots, water them thoroughly and allow the pots to drain. 

Once your decorative pots are properly secured, you can place your plastic pots with their plants inside the decorative pots.


Step 3: Attach the decorative pots to the trellis

Using cable ties, attach the decorative pots to the trellis. Once the pots are secured, trim away the excess from the cable tie. To get the final effect we achieved, attach your pots in a slightly staggered angle and turn them so that each pot faces a different direction to its neighbour. You can choose to attach them in any pattern that works for you.

Step 4: The final touch

Once your decorative pots are properly secured, you can place your plastic pots with their plants inside the decorative pots. The final step in this project is to enjoy it!

The final step in this project is to enjoy it.

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