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'Treillage' is the French word for trellis, and here we use the term to designate particularly artistic trellises and lattice-work. In Baroque times, the espalier system was often designed very artfully, sometimes considered more significant than the plants they should support. The 'treillage' emerged as a special type of garden art. The trellises were particularly complex and ornamental and their significance went far beyond the mere trellising of plants. Ornamental trellises were an assembly of slats or stakes in the shape of a pavilion or arbour. The treillages were also on facades, but they often went ungreened and were appreciated just for themselves, e.g. in the Wilhelminian period.

Wooden treillage
Wooden treillage
Artful, blue trellis next to a window
Treillages for designing a façade , Halle an der Saale / Saxony-Anhalt

Photo Gallery

Enter this gallery to see treillages and decorative trellises. You can also refer to the examples on modern architecture.

Tightly slatted decorative trellises from the "Heimat-style" (approx. 1925 - 1940), Weimar / Thuringia
Rounded arch trellis for roses, Dresden / Saxony
Trellis for different plants
Artistic trellis
Ornamental espalier grid
Latticework for a climbing rose
Ornamental trellis
Another example of superb trellis art
Decorative trellises made of wood on an apartment building, Meißen / Saxony
Trellis with winter jasmine, Berlin
Treillage with a chequer pattern, Leipzig / Saxony
Artistic treillages with vines in winter: wooden laths of various lengths and curved steel crossbeams.
Support for climbing roses
Treillages with Virgina creeper on a veranda, Tiefurt Castle near Weimar / Thuringia
Old trellis with small kiwi (Actinidia arguta), Dresden / Saxony
The same trellis a few years later: mostly without greenery
Again the same trellised facade: here with a new greening of thicket creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)