Adding a trellis to the sides of a covered porch can dramatically increase both the privacy and the ambience of the space. Enclose both ends of the porch with a trellis, plant flowering vines, such as passion flowers, or evergreen foliage, such as English ivy, and soon your covered porch will feel enclosed. If the covered porch looks out onto a busy street, add trellises and plants to the front side as well.
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Wrought Iron Gate Trellis
Attach a decorative wrought iron gate between the posts of a covered porch to make a trellis that you may prefer not to cover. Plants growing on the decorative wrought iron can enhance the privacy aspect of the trellis, but the vines can interfere with the view of the ironwork. Instead, scatter hanging containers of plants on each side of the gate, making the gate more of a backdrop. Wrought iron fence panels are often not as decorative as wrought iron gates; hang a panel as a trellis if you prefer to cultivate flowering and evergreen vines.
Plumbing Pipe Trellis
Make your own decorative trellis with plumbing pipes such as PVC and copper. PVC is your most inexpensive choice, and you can paint it to coordinate with your outdoor decor. Copper pipes gain a patina over time and work beautifully with slate and other stones that may be part of your home's exterior facade. You can make any pipe trellises to fit any size opening on the covered porch; cut the pipes with an appropriate cutter, and join the pieces together with the appropriate fittings. Waterproof construction adhesive works to glue PVC or copper, but you can also use the traditional PVC cement or soldering methods to make the trellis.
Lattice Panel Trellis
Hang a lattice panel up as a trellis on your covered porch if you are short on time and money. Lattice panels are inexpensive alternatives to more decorative fence panels, but the size varieties are limited. The openings between the wood slats on the lattice panel are not large; the panel alone can enhance the privacy aspect of your covered porch. You can paint the wooden slats on the lattice panel to suit your outdoor decor, and train climbing vines to cover the outside of the panel.
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