Plow & Hearth Exclusive Our Montebello Trellises are designed to coordinate with our Montebello Garden Collection. It's beautifully crafted, with an ornate scroll design. Versatile enough to be mounted to a wall, staked in the ground or left to stand alone. Removable ground stakes included. The extra-sturdy tubular steel frame has rustproof hardware and the best-quality, burnished bronze powder-coat finish. Easy assembly required.
• Beautiful iron garden tall trellis • Durable, long-lasting construction • Handsome, burnished bronze finish • Rust-proof hardware • Comes with ground stakes for added stability
Size Single-Panel Short Trellis 24"W x 72"H Tall Single-Panel Trellis 32"W x 109"H
Burnished Bronze Finished Iron Montebello Trellis With Wings
32"W x 109"H Burnished Bronze Finished Iron Montebello Tall Trellis
Extra Shipping Charge $20.00
24"W x 72"H Single-Panel Montebello Short Trellis
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Comments about Product: I had some of these trellises several years ago, in another state. They were beautiful! I would like to buy more, but am VERY disappointed that they don't offer the two side panels to the smaller trellis. They made the trellis look MUCH more beautiful! Also, they could stand alone because you could swing in the sides. This just doesn't look near as good without the sides...not sure if I want to buy it. : (
Comments about Product: the only place I could find a tall trellis and it is perfect! I like that it is sturdy metal. Easy to install too.
Comments about Product: I've bought 7 of these. A great way to screen unsightly views...especially when fences can only be 6 feet tall.
Beauty & Function
Comments about Product: I have been ordering these P & H trellises for the past 6 years, and can't get enough of them. Perfect, they wear without rusting, they are durable, hold all the weight you put on them (including wisteria), and pretty besides. We will probably need another few trellises as the garden evolves, and I would not hesitate to buy these again.
Montebello Tall Trellis
Comments about Product: This trellis is very sturdy and solid built. Got it to support my William Baffin Rose. Especially like the tall height of the trellis as most trellises are not as tall as this one.
Comments about Product: This trellis is terrific! It's classy, very sturdy, and, crucially, the only very tall one I could find. I needed to provide support for a bougainvillea that I want to climb over part of a rooftop, so I needed one tall enough to nearly reach the roof line. This did it, and did it beautifully! Highly recommend.
Great product but expensive shipping
Comments about Product: This was the only place I could find a trellis this tall and I needed two. It was $20 extra shipping per item so the additional shipping on top of the basic shipping was a lot more than I wanted to pay. The boxes weren't really oversized because the trellis came in 3 pieces.
Comments about Product: These come all assembled all you have to do is place in ground where needed
Tall Enough At Last
Comments about Product: Finally a tall trellis.
By "The Gardeners"
Beautiful addition to the garden!
Comments about Product: We had some tall shurbs taken out, the space against our home needed some height and this is exactly what we have been looking for. We have not decided what we will plant on it but for now it looks just great by itself. A great piece of art. We own another trellis from Plow & Hearth and it is holding up very nicely.
By Maryann the gardener
Comments about Product: We use the trellis in front of a stockade fence to beautify the area and grow climbing flowers that will grow every year to accent our patio where we entertain.
Attriactive, sturdy Trellis
Comments about Product: Will use to entice existing Virginia Creeper from
existing trellis, where it spills over to ground cover.
Great Trellis and very Beautiful!
Comments about Product: Easy to put together, sturdy, attractive.
Easy to prop up against my brick house. I didn't have to fasten it to the wall! It looks beautiful and my roses are already climbing up!
It was the perfect size. I couldn't find one this tall for the price anywhere else and not to mention it is good quality and artistic.
Comments about Product: Have been waiting a long time to get this trellis. It is perfect for the side of my house along our driveway. We wanted to add color so we planted clematis and morning glory and it is already growing up the trellis. Couldn't be happier.
Perfect Garden Trellis
Comments about Product: Great product, easy to assemble and install.
Comments about Product: cut 2 pieces of PVC pipe (4 feet or more long). Spray paint them to match the trellis & pound them deep into the ground at the back of each side of trellis (have trellis in ground before pounding in pipes). Use hose clamps from hardware store to secure the trellis to pipe. Will hold trellis in place for years to come. I plan to buy this trellis. Have had arbor from this set for 4+ years, & except for some rust, it looks great. Used PVC pipes to keep it steady in the ground.
By Keeping a Sense of Humor
Great product, horrible shipping
Comments about Product: I ordered two of these and one came in bent. The replacement came even more bent! This is try #3 and I am hoping either the packaging can be more effective or that the delivery company will stop dropping pianos on my trellis. :)
Comments about Product: A nice height for smaller climbers. Very pretty. Plan on finding a way to brace the trellis.
By Mom's garden
Comments about Product: Great trellis for my sweet peas!
By 4 Paws
Color not as expected
Comments about Product: NOTE: It is brown, not black as I expected from the photos. That works for me but may not for others. It is pretty solid for a shipped item but not as solid as I expected given the other comments. I was also disappointed that the smaller trellis does NOT come with hardware to attach it to the wall. Given its height, it still needs to be secured at the top, especially since the bottom spikes are screwed on and not integral to the unit. Now I have to find a matching brown bracket to secure the top.
By M & M
Great quality, great price.
Comments about Product: We attached the trellis to the side of our house (4 brackets included). Very sturdy. We couldn't be happier with our purchase.
Very nice and tall
Comments about Product: Much larger than most found in stores. Easy assembly. I pounded holes in the ground with a metal rod and the legs on the trellils went right in. You have the option of attaching trellis to house if need be. I may need to do that later if my clematis takes off. Very happy with quality and price paid.
Montebello Tall Trellis - Great Product
Comments about Product: Ordered 4 of these for sell price and was very pleased. They are attractive, seem to be made well, easy to put together. Just what I wanted to put against fence for privacy bearer. Each included bracket's to secure against wall, fence, home etc... Fast shipment, good customer service. No problems with seller! Will shop with again.
IT looks high class
Comments about Product: it shipped fast
Nice focal points
Comments about Product: We dug a new flower garden used a pair of these trellises and your Classic Garden Obelisk as anchors for the garden. They are very impressive looking. We started a little late in the season, so now I have to find climbing plants for them. I imagine they will be even more impressive filled with vines and blooms.
By loving green
Comments about Product: Looked everywhere for extra tall trellises. These were shipped very fast and our landscapers installed them screwing them to the brick exterior. They really finish the entire look. We ordered three for our backyard and I am so glad we found these instead of settling for the standard 6' trellis. Hopefully they will hold up well.
By Muffin's Mom
Beautiful and sturdy trellis
Comments about Product: I am extremely pleased with the quality and gracefulness of this trellis. I can hardly wait for my honeysuckle to climb this sturdy 9 foot beauty.
As elegant as pictured
Comments about Product: Everything great as advertised. Was surprised there were no instructions to explain how the hardware was to be used. Three different sized bolts for example.
Nice Trellis but It is starting to rust.
Comments about Product: I've purchased two already and will purchase a third. The only complaint I have is the coating is chipping away from the trellis. I only had them out for 8 months.
By Mountain Man
Nice and tall works great
Comments about Product: Bought two and they look great
By Vergie, home gardener
Comments about Product: The trellis seems very sturdy and we hope to get many years use.
By Happy gardener
Satisfied times two.
Comments about Product: I purchased one a few years ago. We attached it to the siding. We planted a firethorn bush (pyracantha) and trained it on it. It is above the trellis now and has held the weight without problem. We bought a second one for another site we were so pleased
Comments about Product: This such a good looking trellis and very sturdy
Comments about Product: love your trellis's, this is the third one I have bought.
Comments about Product: Gorgeous trellis - it's really tall and for a great price! We bought a couple smaller ones from a store to cover a hideous/tacky fence the neighbor put up - wish we'd found this one first. We love it!
Comments about Product: Very happy with this purchase
By Bob the Builder
Looks nice but...
Comments about Product: The trellis is simple to assemble. However, the fit of the base piece to the middle section did not meet expectations. Instead of fitting together with some ease, one had to horse these things together with substantial effort. After one season in upstate New York, an identical trellis to this one has rusted in places where there are no weld joints or any other potential problem areas. This was disappointing since the trellis does look nice and otherwise functions well. The trellis stands against the side of my detached garage and has a vine climbing up it.
Comments about Product: I love your trellis's, this is the third one I have purchased. They are nice looking and not cheaply made. I found this so easy to put together, I didn't feel I needed directions at all, do don't let this stop you from purchasing this trellis, it is worth the money!
The Perfect Addition
Comments about Product: I have placed my two trellises on either side of my Arbor Gate. Completes the detail I was looking for. A great buy.
By Not in my yard
Just the thing!
Comments about Product: I purchased 3 of these to keep the #5&@! deer from jumping into our yard from the neighbors. So far it has worked!
Love the height
Comments about Product: To support my climbing plants. It looks great full of flowers as you walk up to the front of my house. No trellis as been tall enough to support all the flowers that have grown on my clematis plants but this one gives plenty of room and then some.
Just the thing!
Comments about Product: I bought 2 of these for a small garden situated against the back of our house. It is 3 stories tall back there and the garden needed some height. These are what it needed. A climbing plant is heading up each trellis now. The looks are perfect; it seems durable. It pushed easily into the ground. I would have given this 5 stars but the assembly directions were practically non-existent.
By NJ Garden Girl
Comments about Product: We bought several of these in the last few years. They're light weight, rust-proof aluminum. We spray painted ours a darker gray/black. They are sort of a brown/black color.
You need to cement them into the ground if you want them to really stay in place.
By Florida girl
Comments about Product: This is a beautiful, sturdy trellis that is very easy to assemble. [...] I am extremely pleased with my purchase.
By KP Climbing Clamatises
Room to Climb!
Comments about Product: My clamatis is able to climb much higher and has ample room to grow on this trellis! The hardest part was connecting the pieces--very tight fitting! It was a bit difficult to assemble--perhaps metal was bent a bit [...] Not sure, but once together, looks great and overall the quality was worth the price.
By Gardening Grandma
LOVE THIS ITEM!!!
Comments about Product: LOVE THIS TRELLIS! I staked 3 side by side to create a large area on the side of my garage for my autumn clematis to grow up on. Superior quality!!! Well made and incredibly sturdy. Easy quick assembly!!! I love them so much that I ordered 3 more yesterday for the front of my house. Love the 9 foot height. this was my first order from Plow & Hearth and I am so pleased that I will not hesitate to order again and again.
By light green thumb
Taller than many trellises
Comments about Product: I really liked the look of the trellis, and the height was perfect for the corner I was placing it in. For that reason, I would rate it a bit better than 3 stars. The reason I didn't give it 4 or 5 stars is because, in the picture, it looks quite black, and the description stated that it was powder coated iron, so I assumed it was black, which was what I had wanted to match the outdoor hardware on our house. Unless I missed it somewhere, color was not mentioned, but it is much more of a brown color - not what I was looking for.
Also, because of the height, it really does need much longer ground stakes at the bottom - it can't be pushed into the ground far enough to support itself or the weight of a lot of vines after a couple of rains or windstorms. We ended up having to use the included brackets to attach it directly to the house - not something we really wanted to have to do. This is why I rated it as flimsy and poor design.
So if you're looking for a black trellis, or you want it to be freestanding(not drilling holes into your home exterior)I would not recommend this trellis. We made it work merely for the inability to find a more suitable trellis of that same height. And it does look nice, though not the color we thought we were getting.
By Gardening mum
Perfect fit for my space
Comments about Product: This is a great trellis if you are looking for TALL!! I have a autumn clematis that gets too big for standard size trellises and this solved my problem beautifully. It was super easy to assemble. Only a couple of screws to attach the bottom and top halves and voila, good to go!! Very sturdy metal and I also liked that it is brown and not black like most wrought iron stuff, because my house is a yellow stucco with brown shutters, so I was also trying to find something that matched up with that! Very pleased! Oh, I also have a climbing hydrangea on the other one that I purchased and it worked well there too!
Comments about Product: This was one of the best online purchases I have done! Love this store!
Comments about Product: I purchased three of the tall trellises for the front of my house. They have been through two Colorado winters and not a speck of rust on them. The are beautiful and strong.
By Chris City
Changed the whole look of my garden!
Comments about Product: My neighbor's garage wall borders my yard. It was vast and ugly, so last year I painted it and installed a tall trellis and the trellis with wings. I like the tall trellis so much, I'm ordering another this year and moving the trellis with wings to a "shorter" span of the wall. The large scale is perfect for screening this large (10-12' high) blank wall, and I'm training climbing roses up the side. Durable - I have just staked these and they're standing after a year, and I plan on bolting them in this summer. I was able to put all of these together myself with no problems.
By Older gardener
Comments about Product: This tellis is exactly what I have been looking for. My blank southern wall needed this. I have been growing purple clematis for 5 years now Each year I tried a new trellis, wood, vinyl, string...You name it, I tried it. Each end of the season I had broken, wind whipped or discolored trellis leaning or cracked in the spot. I am so delighted with this trellis. It took just a few minutes to assemble, staked in the ground and within 2 days my clematis was happily climbing up. It's beautiful Can't wait for blooms.
Beautiful...but hard to put together
Comments about Product: I love this trellis, it is beautiful and my climbing rose is already 3/4 up. However, the design tolerance is too tight, and part A did not fit into part B without a 2 person effort, some smashed fingers, and a pair of pliers to widen the hole. More clearance is required in the design for where things are inserted. Due to the difficulty of set up I would not buy another one unless this issue was addressed.
Comments about Product: This was a great purchase. The trellis is sturdy and very attractive. It was actually a much better quality than I was expecting.
Montebello Trellis Tall
Comments about Product: I wanted something stylish and found just what I was looking for. Had the perfect height and wide enough! I am putting the 2 trellis's on my deck on each side of my water fountain and I can't wait to see my flowers growing all over the trellis's!
Comments about Product: This was easy to put together and feels very substantial, good product for the money. It's nice and tall and I purchased two to fill the space on a very big blank wall outside my house (I would even use it inside for decorative purposes.)I planted clematis beneath them and regardless of whether or not they grow the trellises look beautiful as is.
By Sis, the gardener
Heavy duty trellis.
Comments about Product: It was as described. A sturdy, heavy duty trellis which I used for a rose vine. Other trellises that I have used either rotted, rusted or were flimsy, so I was glad I order this.
By Sunshine from Ocean Pines
The best quality trellis I have found .
Comments about Product: Needed a way to grow something to cover a large wall on the side of our house that has no windows. It works perfect, especially the 8' height, that I never could find elsewhere. Started with 2, then reordered a third. It's beautiful!!!
Comments about Product: glad I read others' comments because a shorter trellis would have looked dwarfed on side of house. using it for climbing vine/flowers. easy to put together. waiting to see how it fairs through the winter
Comments about Product: Excellent trellis...sturdy and easy to install.
By New Gardener
Tall and Sturdy
Comments about Product: I was looking for a tall trellis that would fit in a specific area and it wasn't easy to find! But this one is the right size.
It is easy to put together, although it would be helpful to have two people since the pieces are large and need to be balanced while you slide one part into another. I was able to do it myself in less than 10 minutes.
It is sturdy enough to lean against a wall and keep its shape.
Note: the height measurement includes the bottom "stakes" that are pressed into the ground. I do not have the actual measurements (too cold to go out and check!), but subtract about 10 inches from the height stated to get an idea of how tall it actually is.
I am very happy with it and looking forward to seeing it next summer with my red-orange trumpet vine growing on it!
Love these trellises!
Comments about Product: We used these trellises to 'dress up' the plain walls of a storage shed which is right outside our family room windows. What a difference! Instead of looking at a wall right outside the window, we are looking at a very attractive decorative element. They blend well with our wrought-iron-look gate, and will go well with the railings we plan for our front porch.
subtract 10 inches
Comments about Product: I ordered the 72" thinking it would be 72" and the 10" stakes were additional. The trellis is only about 50 inches tall and much shorter than I wanted. I would have bought a more expensive one with a different design if I had realized the 10" stake counted in the "height." Very disappointing.
By Corgi Queen
Very attractive trellis for my clematis
Comments about Product: I bought 2 of these trellises. The 1st was intended for my light purple clematis. When the plant bloomed this summer, it wasn't purple at all ---[...]The trellises are very pretty, easy to insert in the ground where desired, & provide sturdy support for my climbing plants. The black color matches the shutters on my white house & all in all creates a very pleasing study in contrast. I'm anxious for both clematis plants to climb the trellises --- it will be beautiful!
By Polly Planter
My plant loves it!
Comments about Product: My mandevilla had outgrown the 5' wooden trellis I had purchased earlier in the year. This new trellis provides it plenty of room to grow on, and is a lovely addition to the side of our house.
Great Addition to a Garden
Comments about Product: I have been searching for a trellis that would be wide enough to cover part of my backyard fencing with a climbing plant. This was perfect.
By Myke the angel
Comments about Product: Great product for my climbing roses.
Ideal for hiding
Comments about Product: With the height and wings this will hide our propane tank once the wisteria vines grow thick.
Comments about Product: I bought the single trellis and the trellis with wings, then removed one of the wings and put it next to the single trellis on my deck as a classy screen-type look. The other trellis and wing is in the garden. I love them.
Great addition to the garden!
Comments about Product: I purchased two trellises for climbing roses. The trellises were very easy to assemble and are very sturdy. The roses have already extended their branches along the trellis this summer. They are an excellent and attractive support and I am very pleased with this purchase.
By RB in SC
Comments about Product: I've had my eye on this trellis for quite some time, and needed something for my Mandevilla to grow on, as well as give me a sense of privacy on my patio. So I finally purchased the trellis with the wings. I wanted to create a "bay-window" affect on the side of my patio, which this is perfect for! [...] However, after opening the package, I discovered that the dimensions on the website are incorrect. The Trellis itself is 60" tall and the stakes are 12" long. So once the trellis is assembled and staked in the ground, it will stand only 60" tall, vs 72".Please be aware as I was expecting it to be taller than I am, and it's not.Otherwise, it has all the "curly Qs" I love!
Comments about Product: Trellis is a good height (needed one higher than most available) for setting against wall. Easy to assemble. Durability yet to be determined (just installed in July 2010).
By Sound Shore gardener
Exactly as described and pictured
Comments about Product: Very easy assembly; seems sturdy (we have it freestanding in ground with wire running to nearby fence posts). The only trellis available with this height - at least that I could find - a height that makes it very, very useful for screening.
By Deb in Round Rock
Love this Trellis
Comments about Product: We needed a tall trellis and this was tall enough and very pretty.
By garden lizard
Easy to decorate
Comments about Product: Used two with a fountain in the middle - outstanding. Also bought matching arbor
Comments about Product: I bought two of these trellises for my husband, who has been growing roses the past few years. They are both sturdy and very attractive additions for our garden.
By The Cottage Gardener
Exactly what I was looking for!
Comments about Product: After purchasing the matching arbor last year, I wanted to create a "back" to my sitting area. The trellis was the perfect size. Both the trellis and arbor were easy to assemble and look great!
By Garener of the Year '07
Perfect for what I needed it for!
Comments about Product: I put this trellis on my front porch. Used wire to tither it to the wall on one end and to the post on the other. On the porch I put potted plant to climb up, and in the ground on the other side I have seedless grapes climbing it. This blocks the south west sun from steaming up the porch. This trellis is much thicker and more sturdy than the last one I bought from you, which has been discontinued. More people like this one better. I highly recommend this product.
Comments about Product: Because it is terrific!
Comments about Product: Very sturdy. Terrific design. Growing a clematis on it. We love it!
Good product at its former price
Comments about Product: I've had this product for nearly a year, and it serves its purpose: it's attractive, I like the taller design, and it includes fairly sturdy stakes to stick it in the ground. Hasn't rusted yet! It comes in 2 pieces you easily bolt together, plus a third piece for the stakes if you need them. But, I'm disappointed that P&H raised the price of this $10 [...] I'd like to purchase another one, and the price was right before...I can't convince myself this is worth the [$]
Comments about Product: we actually are using the trellis inside to protect our dog from going over the back of the couch above our stairway. It is beautiful and very useful and was easy to put together.
By flower girl
pretty in garden, easy to install
Comments about Product: I use this trellis for climbing flowers. It is attached to my fence and my
plants are beautiful on it.
By Garden lady Julie
Comments about Product: We bought two of these great trellises once we received the first one. We needed a very tall trellis and this comes in 3 pieces, so we could just fit another piece into the center of the first trellis. This worked great after just a quick bit of welding to secure it for the height needed. Very tough and durable, a great trellis!
By Fooled by product description
Unrealistic product description
Comments about Product: I bought the tall trellis. Trellis description is clear that it can be mounted to wall, staked or stand alone. I intended to stake into ground only. But it was very wobbly and it is sure to topple by the weight of mature vines. I had to add an unsightly pole to improve support. I can see the trellis working well if it is mounted to a wall. There is no way it can stand alone.
I would buy this product again and again
Comments about Product: I bought 3 to fill in a spot in my fence and planted a climber next to them. Even alone they make an interesting focal point in the garden. Their height make a dramatic statement. Friends liked them so much that I gave away a couple as gifts.
Comments about Product: This is an extremely attractive item that adds to our garden and entryway to our pool. I have climbing roses and the results are stunning. It is well-made, hasn't rusted, and easy to attach to a wall.
By Barb the Hammer
Comments about Product: This product worked great and will order again from Plow and Hearth.
Attractive and well-built trellis
Comments about Product: This versatile trellis works very well wall-mounted in my balcony garden. It is not only attractive but sturdy as well. I'm very pleased.
is a very good product
Comments about Product: going to use it for clematis vine
Gorgeous and utilitarian!
Comments about Product: This trellis is easy to assemble with a wonderful design and appearance. It is very sturdy and yet is not overpowering despite its height.
I would buy this product again and again
Comments about Product: This is my second order. Clematis are growing on my first order. Its decorative, simple from package to final location and it will last longer than I will.
By The chef
Comments about Product: I used these trellis' as part of my deck for a semi- privacy wall. They are sturdy yet decorative.
By Kay Black Thumb
Comments about Product: I'm using this trellis for architectural interest, height, where there is little space. Looks good enough by itself, but ivy will grow on it. Or not.
Good product but needs support to stand
Comments about Product: This is a beautiful trellis & appears well made. My only complaint would be that it cannot independently stand up straight without extra support of some kind. It comes with brackets for attaching it directly to a structure. However, if you want it as a stand alone piece, the stakes are not long enough to hold it up straight. We pounded in 3 foot rebar at each end & the middle of the trellis & used cable ties to secure trellis to the rebar. That helped quite a bit.
Comments about Product: Great trellis! Very well made with a great coating!
Lots of great comments.
Comments about Product: This trellis is great!! I've had loads of positive comments. It is tall enough for my pyracantha. It looks great next to my brick chimney & makes trimming easier as it gives form to the pyracantha. It was simple to assemble and put in place. I may order another one later for roses.
By Mrs Bissy
Very, very nice
Comments about Product: this works wonderful for my vining dutchmans pipe. Would work for any vine! Got two already and am getting a third because it's so nice.
BEAUTY GETS THE BEAST
Comments about Product: Used with artificial greenery to keep neighbor from spying on me in my pasture-mounted at my pasture fence with Leland Cypress trees.
Comments about Product: I bought this trellis to use for what will grow to be a large vine that I purchased. It is a great value and is beautiful. The section of my garden where I added this is greatly enhanced - it will not only support the vine as it grows, but it adds dimension and interest to the area. I positioned it so the middle piece is against a brick wall and the two side pieces are folded just a bit inward.
Looks great, not as sturdy as I hoped
Comments about Product: This trellis looks great against the house. Nice design. However, the roses I have trained to climb up it weigh it down and pull it forward. I didn't want to attach the trellis to the house using screws, which would have made it more secure.
This trellis is very sturdy.
Comments about Product: The trellis was easy to install and is quite surdy and is entwined with two clemitis vines.
By Snow White
An attractive addition to the yard
Comments about Product: It looks great with the wrought iron that decorates our home already.
By Always looking for help.
Show Off Your Climbing Beauties
Comments about Product: High quality construct, should last for many years. Beautiful design to look at while waiting for climbing flowers to "grow up". I attached mine to a chain link fence around our backyard where it can be viewed from our screened porch. Very attractive!
Great trellis for Clematis
Comments about Product: I would prefer to purchase products made in the U.S.A. simply because it helps our economy. The only disappointing aspect of this product (to me) was that it was manufactured in China and I had no way of knowing that when I ordered it.
By Into Gardening
Love my trellis!
Comments about Product: I love my trellis! It is sturdy, beautiful design, and perfect size! I visited plant nurseries in my area (Northern California)and the trellises I saw were not as large, not as good looking, and not as well made. Additionally, the cost of a trellis in my area was one and a half times more expensive. I am VERY pleased.
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The Olla: A Brief History
Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.
When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.
The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.
Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!