This Pretty Jasmine Trellis Idea is Going Viral — It's Such a Pretty Way to Cover a Fence or Wall

If you're looking for a fragrant, flowering vine to embellish the outside of your house, look no further — this star jasmine DIY could be the answer to your landscaping prayers

jasmine trellis next to a jasmine photo
(Image credit: Shannon Searcy | Catherine McQueen via Getty Images)

Allow me to introduce you to your new favorite plant — star jasmine, for the uninitiated, is a fragrant, flowering vine that thrives in both partial sunlight and heavy shade. It is resultingly rather easy to care for, though you'd do best to plant it in a sunny spot (for more blooms) with soil that is both moist but well-drained.

Given it's low-maintenance profile, it's also one of the best plants to cover a fence and quite easy to train on a trellis, where it can then flower into a dense foliage-filled privacy screen, should you wish. Plus it's evergreen, which means it's functional all year long, as well as 'relatively cold-hardy,' says Shannon Searcy (@homebodyshan), an interiors content creator whose stunning jasmine trellis is the anchor of this piece. 'It goes dormant in the winter and comes back nice and happy in the spring' she adds, before warning to use frost protection if you're expecting a cold winter: 'Jasmine does not like to be frozen!'

With help from a professional landscaper, Shannon trained multiple star jasmine plants to bloom in a diamond pattern across the exterior brick wall of her house, forming a quilt of flowers that likely smells as gorgeous as it looks. She used star jasmine for the reasons outlined above: its 'beautiful, fragrant blooms,' its resistance to the Texas sun, and its comfort in the shade. The overall result is one of the best trellis ideas I've ever seen.


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What You'll Need

  • Star jasmine: You might need a few plants depending on the size of your wall
  • Plastic-coated landscape wire: This will form the trellis and give the jasmine something to climb
  • Eye-bolt screws: Use these to secure the landscape wire in place

Step 1: Pick a Pattern

'For the longest time I wanted to have a "Granny Garden" with a cozy, cottage feel,' Shannon tells me. 'I had a vision and I saved tons of pictures for inspiration. I was always enamored by charming homes with vines climbing up the side of the house, so I knew I wanted to recreate that look in my own 1980's home.' And when it came time to build the pattern, she selected one she has always loved: harlequin.

Of course, with a bit garden wire you can draw up whatever pattern you'd like. Just make sure to ...

jasmine trellis

(Image credit: Shannon Searcy)

Step 2: Plan, Plan, Plan

Before you get started, be sure to 'plan ahead and measure, measure, measure,' Shannon says. 'Map out the height & width of your wall or fence, and then decide what size your pattern will be.' The more you do ahead of time, the less of a headache you'll have when it comes time to install.

Step 3: Build out The Pattern

It's now time to build out your pattern. Shannon went with a professional for this, but you could certainly DIY it with a bit of patience.

If it were me, I would first draw my design on the wall in chalk; that way I'd have a template to work with, but the lines would easily wash off with a bit of water. Next, I'd mark where to add my eye-bolt screws before later drilling them in place. And finally, I'd thread through the garden wire, taking care to secure it with the screws.

jasmine trellis

(Image credit: Shannon Searcy)

Step 4: Tend to your jasmine and watch it bloom

'Each of my walls has three star jasmine planted directly into the ground, evenly spaced along the wall,' Shannon tells me. 'They are relatively low maintenance, but in the summer I do like to make sure they are getting plenty of water.' Otherwise, she says, the most important step after building the trellis and planting the jasmine is 'training your vines up the trellis,' which means you 'wrap the new growth around the wire to teach it which direction to grow.'

To keep things tidy, Shannon goes 'outside every couple of weeks to tend to my jasmine and tame and tuck the new vines.' To shelter the plant from the cold, try wrapping frost cloth at the base to 'protect the root systems.'

jasmine trellis

(Image credit: Shannon Searcy)

And there you have it! This certainly isn't a DIY you can finish overnight, and you might even choose to call in some professional help should that sound more enticing. Otherwise, though, it's a relatively affordable (and beautiful!) upgrade that keeps your house looking and smelling fresh for years to come.

'We have had our trellis walls for 3 years now and they have held up great,' Shannon says. 'Despite what some may think, they have not caused any damage to the exterior of my home because I maintain them and keep them tidy.'

What's more, neighbors are 'constantly' driving by to admire the flowers because the pattern is 'so beautiful and eye-catching,' she adds, noting, however, that 'nothing beats the smell. The fragrant white blooms are both inviting and comforting. I love that I can smell them every time we come home.'

Now, as enticing as this DIY looks, it isn't your only option for a wall full of jasmine. Below, you'll find a few extra options for anyone looking to cash in on the fun, only with half the work.

6 trellises to try

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Brigid Kennedy is a Style Editor at, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.