I plan on putting in climbing roses next to a brick wall in my backyard. I would like suggestions on what type of trellis to get to attach them to and the best way to anchor the trellis. I don’t really want to deal with cementing it into the ground as a friend suggested.

You can do any number of things, wires anchored to the wall, prefab trellis stuck in the ground and tied into the brick at the top, home made trellis, either wood or pipe, you could use electrical conduit and paint it so it either contrasts with the brick or blends in, you could use 4 inch concrete reinforcing mesh rolled into tubes about 18 to 24 inches in diameter, and set over the roses, these would make rose columns. let your imagination wander, come up with an idea and if you get stuck on the implementation just holler and we will see if we can get you a workable solution from all the folks on the list!

You can do any number of things, wires anchored to the wall, prefab trellis stuck in the ground and tied into the brick at the top, home made trellis, either wood or pipe, you could use electrical conduit and paint it so it either contrasts with the brick or blends in, you could use 4 inch concrete reinforcing mesh rolled into tubes about 18 to 24 inches in diameter, and set over the roses, these would make rose columns. let your imagination wander, come up with an idea and if you get stuck on the implementation just holler and we will see if we can get you a workable solution from all the folks on the list!

I got this idea from “Antique Roses for the South”. For a trellis, it suggests a couple of tent stakes in the ground, and a few nails in the brick wall, and running wire in a fan shape from the tent stakes in the ground to the nails. That way, you don’t have any wood to rot out, and you really can’t SEE the trellis, and it doesn’t attract termites or vermin, and really allows full sun to the roses, and to show them off best.

Regardless of whatever trellis design you choose, you will have to anchor it to the brick. Your anchors must be brick or concrete anchors. Just go to your local home center or hardware store once you have a design and describe the trellis design and someone can recommend a variety of brick or masonry anchors based on the weight of the trellis and how you plan to attach it to the wall.

If you go with the nails idea mentioned by another member, be sure to use concrete nails as they will hold better in the brick than any old nail. Otherwise there are plastic anchors akin to those used for dryall anchoring but made specifically for brick that you can use for very light weights. You will have to buy panhead screws in addition to size and I would recommend stainless steel so they don’t rust.

For heavier anchoring needs, you can ask at the home center. In short, there are metal anchors which attach in various ways. If the brick is old, I would not use anything that involves hammering, as the brick might shatter, so do not use the popular “Red Heads”. Any anchoring in a brick wall must be done within the brick and not in the mortar. Hope this helped.