If your garden looks flat this spring maybe all it needs is a little structure. With a bit of imagination and right elements, you can use garden structures such as trellises, pergolas, and sheds to enhance your garden’s design.
No matter what structure you add to your garden make sure that not only is it beautiful but also functional. An arbor covered in fragrant climbing vines creates a memorable welcome for friends and family. A flower filled trellis screens out unsightly views, and a well- crafted pergola seamlessly extends a home’s living space. Remember the main function of a garden is to please, so whether you want to throw an awesome garden party or create a play structure for your children it should be attractive and practical.
Trellises, arbors, pergolas and arches are the four basic structures and can be confused for one another.
Trellises are for training vines, and they stand up straight like letters ‘lli’ like in the middle of the word trellises. Arches and arbors are the two words which start with the letter ‘A’ and are shaped like it and one can walk beneath them. Pergolas have four posts, cover a Patio and need to be installed by professionals.
Now that you are aware of the different basic structures you have to decide which suits your garden the best.
Repeat elements of your home styles in your garden structures
Every home has an architectural style, whether a ranch, bungalow, cottage, colonial, contemporary or something else. Key elements that distinguish one style from another are the pitch of the roof, arrangement and size of the doors and the windows, and exterior material used for the walls, shingles and windows. When you repeat these in your garden structures they will fit in and blend beautifully into your landscape and visually connect the garden with the house.
Select substantial garden structures
One of the most common mistakes is to add structures which are too small or flimsy. Instead choose structures which show permanence and sustainability. A strong presence in the landscape feels reassuring and comforts us on the subconscious level.
Selecting the right location for your structure is as important as the size and scale. Many times we are faced with the problem as to how we can improve the look of the existing garden structures. A little cosmetic touch up helps, like changing the color to match the color of the house. Don’t be afraid to embellish garden structures to reflect your own personality and add a touch of whimsy.
Modern garden follies include cabanas, gazebos and playhouses. With a little imagination you can even transform potting sheds and storage buildings into something spirited and delightful.
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