|Tuesday Tools & Products: Tuteurs|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Tuesday, 06 August 2013|
A tuteur, from the French tutor or trainer, is a vertical structure used to train young plants, vines, or can simply be used as a garden accent. Tuteurs are one of several structural components used in the garden that also include trellises, obelisks, arbors, and pergolas. Victorian gardeners were particularly fond of such elements, but thereís no reason why you canít use them with any garden style--including modern.
Tuteurs are typically pyramidal in shape and made of wood, willow, or a metal like copper. You can buy them pre-made or try your hand at building a tuteur yourself. If you really want to be sustainable and rustic about it, make one from recycled metal or tree branches. You can have one or several in different heights and styles. Some have fancy finials, while others might have birdhouses perched on top or a decorative sculpture. If you are fortunate to have a garden conservatory in or adjacent to your home, you can even place a few tuteurs in your indoor garden space.
Tuteurs are not just for flowering vines like clematis or ornamental climbers like roses either, you can also use them for vegetables (beans and peas anyone?). One thing to keep in mind is that you might need to prune your plant more often than usual to prevent it from overwhelming (and eventually covering up) the tuteur.