Rosie Lerner, Extension Consumer Horticulturist, Department of
Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Purdue University
Some garden plants need a bit of a support
to keep their foliage upright and tidy in the garden. A
traditional English gardening technique is to use spring prunings
from trees and shrubs as plant stakes, commonly called "pea
natural color of the twigs blends in nicely in the garden and soon
becomes invisible as the plants grow up and around them. Hazel
and birch are traditionally used for pea sticks, but most any woody
species can be used. Pea sticks aren't just for supporting
peas; they are also useful for pole beans, delphinium, campanula,
or even top-heavy peonies and dahlias.
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Picture 1. You have to look closely to tell that there is a plant "cage" made
of twigs in this perennial border.
Picture 2. A closer inspection reveals the bent twigs bundled with
soft twine to form an attractive Victorian cage that will soon be
completely covered with sweet peas.