Step 1

Position Obelisk in Corner of Garden

Position Obelisk in Corner of Garden

Position the obelisk on an area of bare soil and push firmly into the ground.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Position Obelisk in Corner of Garden

Position your obelisk on an area of bare soil and push firmly into the ground. Placed on the corner of a bed, it will be prominent and dramatic, while further back, it will add solidity to the rest of the bed.

Step 2

Plant Climbers at Base of Obelisk

Plant Climbers at Base of Obelisk

Plant climbers at the base of the obelisk and lean them inward. Firm in mulch around plants and keep them watered.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant Climbers at Base of Obelisk

Dig a hole a short distance from the structure, larger than the plant’s pot. Add compost to the base of the hole, then position the plant, leaning inward toward the obelisk. Backfill with soil, firm and water in well. 

Step 3

Train Climbing Plant to Garden Obelisk

Train Climbing Plant to Garden Obelisk

Spread climber stems out and tie to obelisk with garden twine. Allow room for plants to grow and for stems to expand and thicken.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Train Climbing Plant to Garden Obelisk

Spread the stems out and tie to the obelisk. This will need doing regularly as the plant grows. The general rule is to tie tightly around the support and loosely around the plant, to allow stems to expand and thicken.

Step 4

Soften Base of Obelisk with Colorful Mixed Flowers

Soften Base of Obelisk with Colorful Mixed Flowers

Use a mix of bedding plants around the outside perimeter of the obelisk. This will soften the impact of the structure and add color around the base of the obelisk.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Soften Base of Obelisk with Colorful Mixed Flowers

To soften the impact of the new structure, plant around its base. You may want to mix a few bedding plants-—for instant, summer-long color—with some perennials, which will flower and hide the obelisk base each year. 

Step 5

Use Twine to Help Support Climbing Plants

Use Twine to Help Support Climbing Plants

Many climbing plants need to be tied to supports as they grow. Use soft garden twine to tie stems at intervals along the support.

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2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tip For Success: Use Twine to Help Support Climbing Plants

Many climbers need help to stay attached to their support. Use a soft garden twine and tie in a figure of eight to prevent the stem from rubbing against the structure.