Holding up floppy plants with twisted twigs, hoops, fencing, grow-thru grids, woven branches and sculpture. Soon grown over but why not make them fun to see until then? Even a bush clematis can benefit from such support.
And here are some other staking tools. Whatever you do in terms of staking, do it early so you won't have to spend time trying to pick up plants and make them presentable after they tumble in summer.
If you stake with hoops, there won't be anything to keep the inner stems from leaning out. And if you stake with fencing, keep in mind that it's going to be tough to reach into that cage to weed around the base of the caged plant.
When you stake in April and May, the staking arrangement may be noticeable for a few weeks but the plants soon cover it.
We support peonies and blue globe thistle with the supports we have of this type, but could use them for any other plant in a place that deserves winter attention. This blue bush clematis (Clematis heracleifolia), for instance. (More about this particular clematis on the Forum.)