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Treat a trellis as art
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Treat a trellis as art

Anything but ordinary, this circular trellis is a sculpture you can walk through. In Sunset’s test garden, our “moon gate” entrance to veggie beds is also an ideal support for scarlet runner beans. Vine-covered or bare, it makes a big statement. The rustproof steel hoop measures 80 inches across and comes in seven vivid colors (we chose Kumquat). Each structure is handcrafted in Los Angeles by a sculpture and design studio. $840;

Triple-duty beauty: We’re big fans of scarlet runner beans. The fast-growing vine (it covered our trellis in two months) pumps out gorgeous, hummingbird-attractive blooms that develop into tasty young edible pods and shellable beans later.

Grow it: In spring, sow seeds 1 in. deep, 4 to 8 in. apart, in full sun. Provide poles or trellis for support.


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