Growing Obelisks in Streets and Gardens

Here we will talk about free-standing, vertical components on the streets and in the home gardens. These objects can become in turn "growing staffs" or "growing obelisks" by the acts of greening up. These are masts, posts, lanterns, chimneys etc., those with no load above (the greening of supports integrated in buildings is discussed in another part of the website). Self climbers and also plants with climbing assistance are applicable on posts here. In the garden again single poles or posts linked with each other to poles become a decorative element often covered with greenery.

Street lighting post with vines of the genus parthenocissus in Leipzig / Saxony

Lanterns and Masts in the Streets

The function of masts appears only on top: They carry lanterns or stays. They must fulfil this function even if covered with greenery as a 'growing obelisk', if necessary a maintenance and care expenditure originates from it.

The wild vine P. Tricuspidata is widely used as a self climbing plant for obelisks. It grows well in poor, compacted soil and has the further advantage: arriving above, its shoots climb no further to the electricity lines. The vegetation remains limited to the 'climbing 'Obelisk section on the mast.

Plants can also grow on lattice pylons. A growing aid, however, is then used on concrete masts or tubular steel ; smooth masts whose attachment and adherence is not quite that simple. Therefore cheap wire nettings are often used on the street area greening. The circumferential, attached wire mesh is run only up to half the height, in order to limit the height of growth to keep free the plants lashings to tram electric lines, etc.. Also by choosing lower-growing plants such as Menispermum (photo), it is possible to limit the height.

The firm Thomas Brandmeier offers another alternative for masts- see Suppliers-: cable and wire supports fastened with high-grade steel products and belts or bandages. The adherence of the plants by means of bandage material (Velcro strip or rubber belts) directly on the support foot is also possible, as is a greening with Self Climbers.

Boston Ivy, P. tricuspidata
A green concomitant on concrete masts, Bayrischer Platz in Leipzig / Saxony
Greening of a steel lamp post with wild vine P. tricuspidata.
Greening of a Lamp mast in Halle / Saale
With wild wine P. tricuspidata on a fat greened concrete post with street lights above
Greened concrete mast, Bayrischer Platz in Leipzig / Saxony
Lantern as a growing support for Three Lobed Wild Vine. The "obelisk" is a little too low for the growing power of the plant species here, it must be trimmed quite often.
Street lantern a growth support, Burgstädt / Saxony
Lantern greened with Clematis montana using wire lattice
Greened Lamppost
Object greening of a streetcar (tram) tension mast with overhead cables, Clematis vitalba on wire lattice
Object greening of the overhead wire mast in Plauen / Saxony
Street lantern greening with Thicket Creeper P. Inserta on a growing aid
Street lamp greening in Freiburg / Breisgau / Baden-Wuerttemberg
Detail of the photo above, wire lattice for Clematis Montana
Wire grid for Clematis montana
Menispermum at a lattice pylon
Greening of a lattice mast
The lamps of this pedestrian precinct are adorned with Geraniums on flowered traffic lights.
Flower baskets in Naumburg / Saxony-Anhalt
Alternative: growing aid, technological development from Thomas Brandmeier, here on a steel mast.
Growth technology from Brandmeier on a steel mast
Lamppost with a tied up, blossoming Winter Jasmine
Lamp post with Winter Jasmine

Turfed Chimneys and Smoke Stacks

Free-standing chimneys, smoke stacks, ventilation pipes of underground car parks and the like are further objects which are suitable for a greening. This was also mentioned under "masts" above. You can also find other but similar examples under the section 'Drainpipes'.

Chimney of an old market garden greened with Ivy
Greened "obelisk" in Dresden-Briesnitz / Saxony
Greening of a chimney stack with Hops on wire-cables.
Chimney greened with Hops, Brauerei in Krostitz / Saxony
Ventilation shaft with weak growing Wintercreeper on vertical cables
Greened ventilation shaft, Mendelssohn-Haus in Leipzig / Saxony
This chimney of an old market garden, was integrated into a new residential area and turfed with Boston Ivy P. Tricuspidata.
Chimney greening in Schkeuditz / Saxony-Anhalt
An old clinker brick chimney still operated (with inner stainless tubular steel) greened with Ivy after approx. 20 years of growth.
Growth obelisk on Townhall of Pegau / Saxony

Growing Obelisks, Staffs and Pyramids (Teepee Poles) in the Garden

There are no limits to your imagination regarding the house garden: Of all possibilities,  growing posts, growing pyramids, and obelisks can be created. You can find similar examples at the 'Training' of staked vines section of our website.

Vines on the steering wheels (artworks) ....
Grapes on steering wheels
Three long, wooden rods rammed in the ground form the growing obelisk for this Climbing Rose.
Growth obelisk in the rosarium in Sangerhausen / Saxony-Anhalt
Little growing pyramid for bean plants
Growth pyramid for Beans
growing staff made of metal (wrought iron) with Roses
Metal growing rod, garden of Otto Niemeyer-Holstein on Usedom / Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania