Slinky Garden Hack and Trellis for Climbing Vine

2 Materials
$3
30 Minutes
Easy

I’m sharing a garden hack and my favorite flowering summer vine with a creative way to help it climb, using a Slinky!
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
A $3 Slinky provides an easy trellis as it wraps around a pole and hangs to the ground, allowing the leaf stems to grow around and through the Slinky.
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
Black-eyed Susan vine (Thunbergia alata) is a favorite easy-to-grow flowering summer annual and an excellent climber for a trellis or fence. No relation to Black-eyed Susan(Rudbeckia hirta), it climbs 8 to 10 feet in a single growing season, and up to 20 feet in frost-free areas, Zones 10 and 11.
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
This is my fourth summer planting Black-eyed Susan vine. It blooms all summer until frost, which is typically November here in North Carolina. Last year I planted it to climb up a  ladder as a trellis.The wood ladder lived a hard 4 years in the garden and was repaired twice before finally being laid to rest this spring.

slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
This year I planted the vine on a 3 foot tuteur and trained it to climb up a birdhouse pole next to the tuteur with the help of a Slinky.
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
My birdhouse pole is 6 feet tall and 2 inches in diameter. I lifted the birdhouse from the pole (after I made sure no one was nesting in the birdhouse) and slid the Slinky over the pole.

The Slinky stretched easily back up to the top of the pole. I bent the end of the Slinky with pliers to wrap around a wood screw I placed on the base of the birdhouse. For added insurance, I added a cable tie attaching the end of the slinky to the screw and cut off the extra length.
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
I used cable ties at the bottom of the pole to secure the Slinky to the pole to keep from springing back up.
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
I guided the Black-eyed Susan vine over to the Slinky and watched it climb around and through the Slinky, up the pole.
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
What I like about this Slinky trellis is that the silver metal disappears to the eye so isn't obtrusive while the vine is growing.
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
Black-eyed Susan vine is long blooming, heat tolerant and doesn’t require deadheading. The most common varieties are yellow or orange, but you can find it available in other colors by seed.

It prefers full to part sun, with afternoon shade ideal here in the hot, sunny South. Water it until established and then weekly during the heat of the summer and you’ll be rewarded with blooms all summer long until frost! Blooms slow during the heat of summer, but pick back up in the fall.
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
I added the Slinky the end of June and the Black-eyed Susan vine climbed the 6 feet to the top of the pole in about 4 weeks time.
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine
A pair of Carolina Wrens have since moved in and said they like curb appeal and landscaping the vine offers. :)
slinky garden hack and trellis for climbing vine, back of Slinky vine trellis on birdhouse pole
back of Slinky vine trellis on birdhouse pole
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  • Jill Ron Pike
    7 days ago

    I agree...the Slinky idea is a lot more attractive than the section of wire fence I've been using around my mailbox post. My problem is that the post I have is thicker around than the Slinky. Any ideas?

    • Jill Ron Pike
      40 minutes ago

      duhh thank you all for the answers....most obvious things right in front of my face in my laundry room--LOL I have a dryer vent coil where the plastic has cracked and KNEW I could use for something. Thank you ladies!

  • Jill Ron Pike
    7 days ago

    This is much more attractive than the section of wire fence I've been using around my mailbox post. My problem is that the post is thicker around than the Slinky. Any ideas?

    • Jill Ron Pike
      35 minutes ago

      I got some better answers, Maryann...use a dryer coil with the coating stripped away, or purchase a roll of wire and shape it around your post. PS...I have a dryer coil I'm going to use!

  • Will it rust? Can it be used for more than one year? I’m thinking of perennial stuff. Love this idea! 💕

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