Without some tall standing structures a garden can look a little flat and uninteresting and that is where adding an arbor or trellis can make all the difference. To give you some idea of what is possible here are some twenty examples of these structures which range from a simple arch to a large scale pergola. These are described in an article by Melissa J Will which I found on her Empress Of Dirt website.
Arbors, trellis, obelisks, screens…these are all great ways to add vertical interest to the garden, combining function with art. What starts out as a plant support becomes a beautiful focal point like the arbor in the first image (below). I’ve gathered a bunch of images from garden tours to give you ideas for your garden.
Vertical structures also help define different areas of the garden, providing both shade and privacy.
Here you’ll see supports for climbers, seating areas, bold artistic structures, rustic arbors, and more. While adding one of these items can transform your garden, don’t forget that removing an old one is equally as transformative, also providing a fresh start.
If you want to build a structure, check your local library for plans. There’s lots of classic books like these arbor plans on Amazon.
1. Arbor in rose garden
2. Defining a patio
This garden is has a bold, contemporary look I love. It’s all about the incredible structure surrounding the patio area and the use of black stain on the wood including the surrounding garden fence.
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