MGCrystal - Fences, arbors, trellises, in pots with tall bamboo stakes tied into a teepee form, in pots and allow them to ramble along the ground, etc. These vines are pretty versatile, so you can grow them in a variety of ways. Here is a photo of different ways I grow mine. In pots with wire trellises and along my fence.
I love the way they are growing Becky, very nice, you know that with those ridges on the buckets, it makes them look like planters, not buckets at all. They look great, you could probably paint them in several colors if you wanted, they have paints just for plastic too. They look great white though.
Becky, Have you noticed if any are getting brittle yet and how old are they. Some of the buckets here that I've had for about 4 years are breaking apart, but they have been outdoors the entire time, so the sun has beat them up. I am wondering how long they will last, it sounds like they would last just as long as other plastic pots to me.
Antoinette - Thanks! I like the white color of the buckets because it matches my fence and reflects the intense heat of the sun. I had thought about spray painting them, but I really think that white is a good color for hot Florida.
I was told that the buckets should last 4-5 years. They will break down (decompose) from the weather. Which is fine. I can always replace them in the future.
I have photos somewhere on the MG Forum showing how my cattle panel arbors were built. You could check around on some of the old threads to see if you can find those posts. I built the cattle panel arbors about 15-18 months ago.