As usual I am overthinking this but scientists tend to do that. There are a lot of posts about display benches but not much I can find on monkey poles, especially specifics. In some online stuff I have seen suggestions of finishing them off so the plant is at eye level. But does that mean the base of the tree, the top, the middle? What looks best from an aesthetics viewpoint? Second. In reading Buehler’s book he recommends poking these poles 30-36” in the ground, but I have never set a post deeper than the freeze line which is 18” in this area and most of the mid-Atlantic. He also seems to over build his tops making them 26”x18” and suggesting it isn’t aesthetically pleasing to mix different sizes. Now in order to keep SWMBO happy I need to keep this as aesthetically pleasing as possible, so how about some dimensions on these vital issues? Pictures of your monkey poles would be appreciated, especially where you break the rules.