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Tuteurs In The Garden

on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 11:59

Those freestanding, pyramid-shape trellises for placing anywhere in the garden that you want a vertical accent with classical style and proportions are called “tuteurs” by most gardening and landscaping experts. It sounds like a French word, but I’m not sure of its original origin. These fun additions to our garden beds come in either wood, metal or copper. They add height and architectural detail to otherwise low garden areas.

My garden is filled with different tuteurs. They make great accents to any entry and when combined, make a focal point that welcomes all who enter your garden. When summer is in full swing, my tuteurs are bursting with color and blooms. Perfectly placed tuteurs have two functions-- support and beauty. Creating height with layers in your garden can be dramatic when multiple layers are visible from across the garden. Any trellis support is desirable whether a tuteur or a simple decorative garden trellis in a planter or as a backyard planter that can help encourage climbing plants. They can be used outdoors or indoors depending on your space. This allows us to grow flowering perennial climbers with that extra detail and added whimsical look we all love.

One can also add night interest by lighting each with a small low watt halogen light. This creates major drama and nighttime interest to your garden.

In my garden, I embellish my tuteurs with colorful clematis, climbing roses, and fairy roses. When choosing yours, be sure to choose climbers with lower climbing habits so as not to overwhelm the tuteur and keep your pruning to a minimum.

Many garden centers and garden flea markets have a variety from which to choose. Find one or two that work in your space. I prefer one with an interesting finial on top for added interest. Don’t worry if you think you don’t have a need for one. Buy it just for visual interest and a splash of texture to your garden. My rule is if I see one that I love I don’t worry about were I will place it. I buy it and find a place for it. In my garden, I can’t ever have enough to enjoy. The more tuteurs I have in my garden the more details to notice and enjoy year-round. Find one today and experience the architectural interest it brings to any garden style.

And there you have it.

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