I use loads of plant supports throughout my garden during the growing season, and I have to say they can be pretty expensive when you need them in bulk. Being a fan of English gardens and the willow work often found within them, I was inspired this year to make my own supports from the water sprouts on my ornamental fruit trees – they’re super flexible and readily available since I have to prune the trees anyway.
Probably my peony bed had the greatest need for support this year. It’s a newish garden and really took off this season.
We’ve had loads of rain this spring and summer and the peonies withstood the downpours beautifully. I loved the way the supports looked as well. There were no harsh, metal frames and the organic quality flowed nicely in this area.
I also used them in my front planters.
The plant material itself didn’t really need the support, but I really liked the structural element they added as everything grew and filled the pots.
I’m not sure if the supports are going to withstand more than one season but I’ve enjoyed them enough that next year I’ll try them again with a more ornate weave. I might even try my hand at making an obelisk or two for my clematis! A girls gotta try!
Happy gardening everyone! Hope you’re able to get out there and get your hands dirty this weekend!