Add Vertical Interest With An Arbor, Trellis Or Pergola

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.

20+ Arbor, Trellis, and Obelisk Ideas to use in your garden.

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

20+ Ways to create vertical interest in the garden with arbors, trellis, obelisks, and more. This arbor walkway is in the 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.

20+ Ways to create vertical interest in the garden with arbors, trellis, obelisks, and more. This tall structure defines the patio from the rest of the garden.

20+ Ways to create vertical interest in the garden with arbors, trellis, obelisks, and more. This tall structure defines the patio area.

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