The tuteur is a freestanding garden element using four latticed or open sides which hit a peak on top. Tuteurs can be tall and narrow, like an obelisk, or short and squat, like a pyramid. The lattice on the sides provides a place for tendrils to grab on, and allowing vines to creep upward.


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Tuteur is the French word for “coach,” meaning in this situation that crops are educated where to grow. Tuteurs support a plant’s growth like the frame of an arbor or lattice does.

GreenCraft Associates

Climbing plants blossom or can cling. Clinging plants have particular roots or tacky growths which can adhere to almost any surface. Twining vines spin around objects.

Bruce Clodfelter and Associates

Low-growing plants get a boost with a tuteur to cling to, but without crops, the tuteur is a striking vertical element in a garden.

Beertje Vonk Artist

This garden has tuteurs in the backdrop. Tall plants can offer screening for privacy.

Beertje Vonk Artist

Tuteurs don’t have to be elaborate or formal to help crops develop, but the right sort of plant has to be chosen. Factors like sun, wind and the anticipated size of this plant must be considered.

Clinton & Associates

Tuteurs could be suprisingly easy to construct. Some discovered branches tied together with twine could form the foundation of a hardy tuteur for a tomato plant.

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