There Are Few Things That Can Match A Flower Covered Arbor!
Pergolas or Garden Arbors as they are also called are always a welcome addition to any home or backyard. Their open structure has a lighter appearance and feel to it than other enclosed structures, such as sheds and garden gazebos. These structures have a long history of beautifying homes, churches, wineries and estates around the world.
Arbors can be standalone structures or projections from a building. The concept is though regardless of whether or not it is attached to a building or is freestanding it should blend in to its natural surroundings and enhance them, while providing limited shelter. The main purpose of any of these structures is to serve as a trellis for woody flowering vines to grow on, thereby providing a naturally shaded area.
Once inside the structure with its green canopy of foliage it can be like entering a place of quiet contentment. They can become your refuge from the daily rigors of life and change your perspective in short order. A garden arbor is also one of those DIY projects that can truly be done in a weekend with proper planning.
So what’s involved with creating your new addition? Well even though the structure is not considered living space it does have to meet some structural guidelines, after all we don’t want anybody having anything tumbling down on their head while they are trying to relax.
Like any structure you should decide on what you want its’ overall size is to be and then see if it can fit into the area you’re planning for it. The size of your structure will also determine where your support posts are and the size of the beans you’ll purchase. If this is to be a freestanding structure your post will need to be either buried deep into the ground or attached to a lower larger structure such as planter boxes or a concrete slab. This will prevent instability in the structure.
If you’re attaching the arbor to an existing structure such as a house, garage or shed then the support post at the far end can use precast piers at the base and knee brackets at the beam attachments to prevent sway. This will ease the workload especially in areas of heavy clay soils, which can easily take your weekend project and turn it into a two weekend project.
Before constructing anything though please check with your local code enforcement and purchase any permits that may be necessary.
Once you’re Pergola is completed then you can decide what type of vine or plant you would like to decorate it with. Some of the time honored plants that have garnished the tops of garden arbors are the trumpet vine, wisteria (both Chinese and Japanese), honeysuckle, grapevine and climbing roses. My personal favorite is the wisteria. By combining both the Chinese and Japanese (which blooms 2 weeks later) versions of this plant you can have a flowery fragrant show for up to a month with each plant blooming for 2 weeks.
So there you have it a quick rundown on Pergolas and garden arbors and how they might fit in with your backyard design. Bookmark this page and check back often because we will be adding new information all the time on these items. Please click on the links below to access their information.