What are the different types of plant supports and where is best to use them?

Although best used early in the season, plant supports are a great addition to the garden all year round. With this, our range of steel plant supports are a bestselling part of our wider collection. But with so many plant supports to choose from, which type of support is right for your garden and where is best to use them?

In this blog post, we take a closer look at the role of plant supports within the garden and provide essential tips on the buying and placement of these garden essentials.


Why use plant supports

Many seasoned gardeners swear by the use of plant supports in their outdoor spaces, with most believing that they are the key to producing and maintaining strong, healthy foliage.

When used correctly, plant supports unlock a long list of benefits, whether you’re growing flowers and shrubs or fruits and vegetables. Plant supports encourage healthy growth with air able to better circulate between leaves and stems. Better air circulation means less pests and disease as well as easier maintenance.

For fruits in particular, plant supports can lift fruit towards the sunlight for easier ripening and a better, healthier harvest. Aesthetically, plant supports are a great way to add beauty and interest to outdoor spaces of all sizes, as well as save space and increase variety in smaller gardens.


Placing plant supports in your garden

Plant supports are useful when growing a large variety of plants, including ornamental varieties, vegetables and fruits. They’re great options for borders in particular offering the chance to increase capacity around your garden in the most beautiful way. Tall and top heavy plants, especially those grown in windy spots, will also benefit from the use of plant supports.

You can add plant supports to the boundaries of your garden to improve the look and increase the privacy of your outdoor space. They can also be utilised well in vegetable gardens, with climbing beans and peas, vine tomatoes, cucumbers, gourds, sprawling courgette, and even melons, squashes and pumpkins all able to be grown vertically.


Choosing the right plant support

There are so many different types of plant supports to choose from, including stakes, half castle, cages, pins, double ring, hoops and trellises. Here at Gap, we stock a wide variety of plant supports so you can enhance the appearance and health of your traditional or contemporary garden.

Whichever type of plant support you need, be sure to choose a support that’s made from solid steel - just like ours! Our steel plant supports are available in two different finishes – long-lasting polymer and ready to rust – and available in a selection of styles and sizes.

Explore our complete collection of plant supports right here.