Posted: 15/11/2015 at 15:26
We have a Kiftsgate rose trained on wires across the front of our house. It's sturdy, can be placed where you have available space and is discreet in winter.
We have wooden trellis panels elsewhere and, after being battered by storms and gales and some seriously cold winters, find that most of the panels need replacing - 12 in total. Expensive.
A few years ago when we got our first dog, we enclosed our veggie patch with a system of posts to which we attached 5m x 2m builders' wire mesh for reinforcing concrete. We have found it to be cheap, indestructible and unobtrusive and well spaced for clematis, roses, squashes and blackberries to be trained along so our plan is to replace 3 of the trellis panels in the front garden with the 3 newest from the back garden and then buy a few lengths of the metal mesh and use that to replace all our broken trellis at the back and side.
Maybe this would be a good alternative for your fence panels as long as you remember to attach battens to your posts and then attach the wire mesh to those so that air can circulate around the plants and you can get your hands in to train stems.