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How Arbors Help To Create A Magnificent Vertical Element

As my garden developed into several  different levels in a variety of garden styles, it became obvious that I needed some vertical elements not only to add height to each of the gardens but also to offer this crazy, intense ‘patch work quilt’ of a garden some cohesiveness.

I began to contemplate the type of design that would work well in the garden. Because the style of my home is vanilla and architecturally cold and flat, I was determined to create a garden that had an ‘aged’ romantic/rustic look (if that’s even possible).  I had recently renovated the inside of my home and used wood beams throughout: it seemed natural to duplicate that element in the garden.

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Going Up

Courtyard arbor early July 05

When my current house was built in 2001, it thrilled me to no end. I loved it for what it was, as well as for what it represented: the dream house (or rather, the dream log cabin) I’d had in mind since high school. Even I had to admit, though, that it looked rather awkward, plunked square in the middle of a 4-acre field and sitting a good deal higher than I expected it to. So, the next challenge became trying to find a way to help tie it into the site. Adding the split-rail fence helped some, and then the barn added a bit of balance, but the whole effect still lacked a certain something. Placing a pair of arbors between the house and barn turned out to be a good solution. Continue Reading →

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Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop – Arbors and Pergolas

Courtyard arbors early July 05

Fences and walls are two features that add vertical elements to your garden, but they’re not always the most practical or aesthetically pleasing option. Where you’d like to add height without enclosure, arbors and pergolas can be a better way to go. A free-standing arbor may frame a beautiful view, mark a transition between two areas, or create a welcoming entrance. Larger arbors and pergolas are ideal for sheltering sitting areas, adding welcome shade in sun-baked sites. And from the perspective of plant lovers, arbors and pergolas are superb supports for all sorts of gorgeous vines and climbers.

So, fellow gardeners, care to show off your favorite arbors and pergolas, either in your own garden or elsewhere? Share the story of how you chose and placed the structures you have, or tell us about your dream arbor or pergola. Or, how about showcasing some of your favorite vines and climbers? We’d love to see them! Leave a comment below, or give us a link to a related post on your own blog. At the end of the month, we’ll gather all the links into one post. To check out previous Design Workshop topics, see Paths and Walkways and Fences and Walls.

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