A beautiful garden arbor creates a great focal point for your yard while providing a place for vegetation, such as vines, to grow. Wood arbors serve many functions from providing shade, to anchoring paths and gateways, and for adding height and interest to your garden.
Here are three tips for incorporating an arbor into your landscape:
Small or narrow gardens. Use an arbor in small or narrow gardens to add a structural element, frame an opening or entrance way, provide privacy to the homeowner and also as a vertical growing element. Small and narrow outdoor spaces do not usually have much space for planting. Arbors and trellises offer a structural element to use in vertical planting. Most find using arbors will break up a narrow space and give it more interest.
Placement: selecting a location. Deciding on where to locate your arbor will depend on the space being designed and the intent or how you would like to use the space. For example, using an arbor as an entry provides privacy and frames the entryway. If your space is narrow and long, using an arbor in the center of the space can help to break up the space into smaller areas for different uses.
Select plants for the arbor prior to installing. Growth patterns of specific plants will vary so you should choose plants based on the look you want. For example, Wisteria will have an aggressive growth pattern and a heavy wood stem compared to Clematis.
Grow Climbing Roses – Few things go hand-in-hand in the garden like roses and arbors. Look for the climbing roses best adapted to your area — not all roses grow well in all regions. Selecting the right rose will make your garden easier to keep up.
Grand Entrance – An arbor — even a simple one – placed over your front walk will dress up your front yard and make your entrance a memorable one. For maximum impact, choose an arbor that fits with the style and scale of your home.
Add a Destination – It’s a common mistake to get so busy filling your garden with plants that you forget to leave a spot where you can enjoy it all. So incorporate an arbor into your garden, put a bench beneath it, and you have the perfect garden getaway.
Top Off Your Patio – An arbor makes a charming addition to any patio. Not only does it help provide a focal point, but if you place it strategically, your arbor can also create an entrance or add privacy.
Decorate Your Deck – Just like it can enhance a patio, the right arbor can add drama to your deck. Keep the style and scale of your structure consistent with the rest of your deck for an extra-special, beautiful area.
Add Height to Your Garden – Give your eyes a place to go up in the garden. Here, a wooden arbor nestles in a lush perennial border and provides structure and height.
Define a Space – Stuck with a narrow side yard? Use a simple arbor to help make it a destination. Here, an otherwise wasted, long and narrow space becomes a lush, inviting path.
Create Garden Art – While arbors are traditionally painted white or left their natural wood color, you can add extra eye-appeal by painting yours in bold, bright colors. They become a focal point and a work of garden art.
Grow a Living Curtain – Weeping conifers look great when they carpet the ground, but they’re downright stunning when supported and allowed to drape. This weeping larch is a perfect plant to clothe a sturdy arbor and create a landscape masterpiece.