Obelisks give you the chance to grow climbing plants throughout your garden, rather than limit them to just your walls and fences, while plant supports are indispensable for helping prevent herbaceous perennials flopping over paths, lawns or their plant neighbours.
Although most climbing plants are simple to grow they can be hard to contain, and may take over other trees and shrubs. The right plant support helps these plants grow as healthily as possible while keeping them in check.
Plant supports can fulfil a variety of roles. They can be straightforward, discrete support for your plants or aesthetic statements in their own right. They add height and focus to borders, can help to define areas of the garden and make a feature of more utilitarian crops like runner beans and peas.
Below is a curated list of obelisks and other supports to help you make the most of all the plants in your garden. For further inspiration have a look at our guide to garden wall planters or garden screening ideas.
Nine of the best garden obelisks and plant supports
From expanding willow to rusted steel browse our selection of garden obelisks and plant supports, below:
Blooma 3-Sided Obelisk Support Trellis, 1.89m
This simple but sturdy obelisk is perfect for larger climbers. With long-life pressure treated wood – and an FSC sustainability certification – this obelisk is fantastic for woodier plants like climbing roses.
Wilko 1.5m Expanding Willow Obelisks
This obelisk from Wilko offers great-value support. Made from willow, it’s ideal for training lighter climbers like sweet peas or clematis and is a good entry point for new gardeners or those on tighter budgets.
Homebase Forest Wooden Obelisk
This tasteful, lightly-coloured obelisk will suit any style of garden. It’s pressure washed and doesn’t need to be treated, but its softwood construction makes it amenable to being painted or varnished – so it can blend in or stand out.
Garden Mile 2x Large 2M Black Metal Garden Obelisk
These metal obelisks are perfect for more modern gardens, or those suited to more subtle support. With two obelisks per pack, this products offers easy symmetry and are great for those looking for inexpensive metal garden obelisks.
Garden Pride 3x Round Grow Through Plant Support
Support isn’t just for climbers. Herbaceous plants like delphiniums and heleniums can also be supported with a grow-through ring, giving support to their stems which soon disappears as they grow through and beyond it. With three in a pack, you can provide shape and support to clumps of flowers.
Tech-Garden 2x5m Plant Support Netting
This clever twine net can support both productive and ornamental plants. Because it’s made out of jute, it’s completely biodegradable and, in the unfortunate event an animal gets caught in it, much easier for them to escape from than plastic.
Short Circular Plant Support – Rust
A beautiful statement plant support these come in a range of different heights and diameters to suit a whole host of different plants. Don’t be fooled by the rust finish – this sturdy steel support is built to last, with a 5-year guarantee.
Double Arc Plant Supports
These half-supports give similar support to round rings, but can also sit flush with a garden wall, so they’re great for top-heavy plants growing along boundaries. They can also be used to define borders and pathways.
Feelava 2x Plant Support Totem Pole
Just the thing for anyone growing climbing house plants such as a Swiss cheese plant or Devil’s ivy, these sustainable and biodegradable plant supports will help them scramble and grow without harm. There are two in a pack and the middle of each pole is hollow, so you can use them on two different plants or combine into one long pole for taller climbers.