Everyone loves garden structures and what they bring to the yards and gardens they’re in. However, when it’s you and you’re trying to decide which one to choose it can be overwhelming. A good rule of thumb is to look at your family’s activities and create a space that will work best around that activity whether that be gardening or swimming pool parties.
Let’s start with the trellis. You will find trellises in both the front and back yards in gardens of all kinds and against large and small walls and buildings to help tame the mass of climbing vines. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and you can use them virtually any and everywhere.
You can also use arbors with lattice or decorative sides as a trellis. Arbors allow you to create an entrance or archway into a special area of the yard or into the yard itself. Arbors are very popular as entrances into gardens and are used throughout gardens to create sitting or viewing areas. Arbors can make beautiful stand alone areas in your yard with the right climbing vine such as the climbing rose.
A larger structure that can be a stand alone or combined with your porch or patio is a pergola. Pergolas are unique in that they have the same canopy capabilities as arbors with the right plant choices but they also provide shade in the mornings and evenings due to the slatted nature of the roof. Creating a sitting area under a pergola is a great way to enjoy one of these fine structures and some pergolas came with optional chairs and/or tables built in.
One of the largest outdoor structures that are really fun is the gazebo. Gazebos are natural gathering places and can be used anywhere in the yard where you want people to be able to congregate and have a good time. They can be easily used beside a swimming pool or out in the yard all by itself. They are beautiful and always ready for a party or private dinner and are very versatile.
A couple of other structures that get overlooked at times are raised beds and bridges. Raised beds can be used to create stand alone flowerbeds anywhere in the yard. There is no digging required and they’re easy to put together and use. Bridges are for those special places that have a water feature or low spot in the yard. They can really make an uninteresting landscape interesting.