I just wanted to show off the plant supports that a local craftsperson recently made for the garden from my “design.” They’re cut and bent from lightweight rebar, and he gave me two sizes — about 30″ and 5′.
I can tie plants directly on to them, or I can slip bamboo poles through the loops to make a supporting grid. They’re much easier to push into the ground than bamboo or wooden poles, and they should last pretty much forever.
Painted reddish-brown (more brown than they look in the photos), they’re unobtrusive in the flower beds. But I think they would also be fun in really bright colors.