Posted: 23/02/2013 at 20:56
Hello nicola, I have a clemantis montana which is definatley a mile a minute plant. I've been training it to grow along my fence. I always prefer natural materials so would always use wood.
I think that bought trellis are extremely expensive for what they are, after all once the plant is established, you wont even see it and the plant wont mind what it's growing on. Have you thought about putting something on the fence to act as some sort of support? Maybe some sort of string/twine(although this will rot down in time) or wire?
I used some long hazel sticks, placed horizontly and screwed into the fence with 6" screws to give the front runners of the clemantis something to hold on to. Once they grab onto it the others generally grow on each other.