We bought a house a while back that had a big flagpole right in the middle of the yard. My wife wanted to rip it out, but it's the perfect place to grow hops! I have 4 plants that I put in 4' from the pole with stringers running up top the top. I can lower those all at one time just like lowering a flag. I put them in last year and they got about 1/2 way up, but I'm hoping for them to fill out this year.