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Ladder Trellises

'Ladder' trellises are one of our special-form wooden systems. In contrast to the classic wooden trellis, these have more horizontal laths than vertical ones. These trellises are seldom chosen, because of the 'ladder effect' that can be burglar-friendly. With the help of the following examples, you can plan and build these trellises yourself. We have all the required mounts and fasteners for such a trellis.

Wooden trellis with climbing roses, Goethes secondary residence in Weimar / Thüringia
Wooden trellis with climbing roses, Goethes secondary residence in Weimar / Thüringia

Horizontal and Vertical Laths?

The classic distinction and orientation between vertical laths and crossbeams is here reversed-- the vertical wood elements are used for wall mounting and are positioned closer to the wall, and the horizontal elements are attached (screwed in) to the them. When trellising a vine, leave 25 - 30 cm between the vertical laths. For espalier fruit and roses-- 30 - 50 cm. The information provided under details also applies to these trellises. Please also note the information under the section on wooden trellis mounts.


These trellises emphasise the width of a building, not the height. Sometimes they are used for that design reason. They are practical for climbing plants such as grapevines, whose shoots work their way up, step by step and tier by tier, as they do on wire frames. This is also true for roses, which flower better when they are trellised horizontally. These trellises can have protruding laths or a closed frame. An intermediate form between the 'ladder' and the fan trellis is possible by slanting the vertical axes.

"Ladder formed" trellises on a house, Göhren / Rügen / Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Ladder trellis with Aristolochia tomentosa (Dutchman's Pipe)

Photo Gallery

Here you can see more examples of ladder trellises. Sometimes they resemble square grid 'chequerboard' trellises and sometimes they are just remains of old trellises.

Small trellis
White trellis
Small ladder trellis for climbing roses
Small wooden trellis
Trellis element made of wood for espalier apple
Two pear trellises in autumn
Two ladder trellises for thicket creeper
Wall trellis for roses
Old "stair-trellis," Meißen / Saxony
Trellis for grapes - here the trellis facing the street matches the façade's grooves. Liszt-House in Weimar / Thuringia
The same trellis as before- in winter: grapevines trained as a multi-armed vertical cordon.
Old house grapevine in Eisenberg / Thuringia
Ruins of an old trellis, Grimma / Saxony
Old trellising for grapevines (Goethe's garden house in Weimar / Thuringia)
South side with grapevines, Goethe's garden house in Weimar / Thuringia
Trellis as an element of design on a façade, Jena Thuringia
Trellis with thick wood profiles