Learn key facts about arbors, conservatories, trellises, gazebos, obelisks, and pergolas.
A well-positioned trellis instantly spruces up a neglected corner. Use one to break up a monotonous fence, or as a vertical accent in an otherwise horizontal garden expanse. When choosing a trellis, take your cues from the surrounding structures. A rustic fence demands a similarly rustic trellis; an nearby house with arched windows benefits from a design like this one.
A glass-enclosed extension of the house, a conservatory brings together home and garden in a year-round celebration of plants. When planning a garden-friendly structure, consider these basics: materials that can stand up to dirt and humidity, a convenient source of water, and some cushioned seating to enjoy the view.
These four-sided, narrow towers have been garden ornaments for thousands of years. Obelisks are most effective when they rise above the surrounding plantings, adding instant height to a garden bed. Use one to draw the eye down a path, or use several of diffent heights to unify a large planting area.
Pergolas feature a trellislike roof supported by beams. Attached versions are often used to shade decks or patios. Smaller freestanding pergolas can shade a path or create an intimate nook. Transform any pergola into an intimate garden room by surrounding it with dense shrubs and soft-needled evergreens.