Gazebos in the Landscape
A gazebo offers an alluring way to enjoy the landscape.
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A pretty collection of plants surrounds this traditional gazebo.
- -- Open sections of a gazebo offer a good spot to integrate plants in window boxes.
- -- Placement of the entrance and furniture orients the view from the gazebo -- here, toward other planting beds.
- -- A gazebo can also help define a yard's border, especially if the gazebo's back is aligned with a fence.
- Most gazebos have one defined entry point, which allows for more natural (and usable) placement of furniture.
- If lighting inside the gazebo isn't required, nearby landscape lighting can help with safety and ambiance.
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Fabric dresses up this simply styled gazebo.
- Since most gazebos have sides that are open to the elements, outdoor-safe fabric drapes offer a solution to shield sun and the view.
- Informally spaced pavers lead to the gazebo's entryway.
- Gazebos with open sides provide a good spot to include hanging baskets.
- Gazebos can have built-in elements, but a completely open floor plan offers more flexibility in furniture arrangement and use.
- When designing a gazebo, pay attention to the small details. This one includes extra touches such as a rounded cap piece at the rooftop.
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An attached patio offers design inspiration.
- Utilize a gazebo as a natural extension of your deck.
- Sides of a gazebo may be left open or screened; the latter will likely increase gazebo use time as it keeps out insects and even light rain.
- Create consistency between house and patio by repeating details and materials. Here, the rail design and wood stain from the house are repeated on the gazebo.
- Curves in the surrounding flowerbeds echo curves on the gazebo.
- This gazebo's location under several large trees offers natural shade protection.
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An ordinary material gets a facelift in this pretty gazebo.
- Lattice is an oft-used material in outdoor structures, but here it's put to unusual use: filling the space between the columns of the gazebo.
- Placement of paths around the gazebo encourages wandering in, out, and behind the structure.
- Consider planting the landscape for the view from the lawn and from the gazebo; here, pretty flowerbeds offer interesting color and foliage.
- Smaller gazebos fit neatly into bigger garden beds; this one nestles nicely between several.
- Both outdoor furniture and a concrete pad allow for no-fuss maintenance.
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A classic farm structure gets reincarnated as a gazebo.
- With a few adjustments, a small outbuilding can also be repurposed as a gazebo. Here, a former corn crib gets a new life.
- Placed at grade, pavers provide a pretty pattern underfoot.
- Purple flower boxes at each "window" offer a sweet pop of color and foliage.
- Charming details add character to a gazebo, such as the metal "shades" over the window and the winged sculpture over the door here.
- Wood is a good gazebo standby material, but the wire frame and metal roof of this version require minimal maintenance.
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A covered structure offers a scenic vista.
- While many gazebos are placed at grade, an elevated version can take advantage of views.
- Choose outdoor-ready couches, chairs, and tables, as well as "wet" rated lighting to furnish your gazebo.
- A gazebo placed close to the house may be easier to wire for electricity -- a bonus if you plan lots of nighttime use.
- Smaller gazebos may not need multiple light fixtures, but an expansive one such as the one in this gazebo requires overhead and ambient illumination.
- Ensure an elevated gazebo has safety railings to prevent falls.
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Under a Blue Sky
An open metal structure defines a pretty spot for relaxing.
- Some gazebos are for shelter, while others, such as this one, offer purely decorative elements in the landscape.
- An overhead candlelit fixture supplies nighttime ambiance.
- Hanging baskets define the open walls.
- When a gazebo has no sides, use plants to stand in for walls.
- Widely spaced pavers interspersed with grass eliminate the need for a formal floor.
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A Bed of Roses
A compact gazebo offers a bit of romance in location and design.
- If candles provide the only illumination, consider adjustable height fixtures for lighting flexibility.
- Plenty of off-the-shelf details, such as these charming, gently curved roof brackets, lend individual style to even the most basic of structures.
- A cupola with vents offers a bit of airflow for the roof structure.
- A smaller gazebo can supply a more intimate setting, with space just for a table and a few chairs.
- Elevated just one step, this gazebo's separation from its surroundings gives it a sense of place in the landscape.
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Yellow and Bright
A cheery gazebo displays an arresting sense of style.
- Outdoor fabric provides pattern for the cushion covers, walls, and drapes.
- A small nook offers a storage spot for a collection of orchids.
- A built-in bench around the perimeter eliminates the need for moveable furniture.
- Striped flooring shaped into an octagon supplies the floor with visual interest.
- A delicate metal ceiling light, address plaque, and cupola provide additional appealing details.
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A stripped-down gazebo creates a clever endpoint to a deck.
- The gazebo reinforces the casual style of the deck -- simple flooring planks, no railing, weathered wood.
- Gazebos can be self-contained structures, or they can form a natural extension of a nearby deck or patio.
- As demonstrated with this gazebo, a structure's open sides offer a chance to direct the view toward a section of the landscape.
- If the garden is casual, a formal path to a gazebo may not make sense. Instead, use flowerbeds and stretches of grass to direct visitors to the structure.
- Built-ins are nice, but not necessary. Here, containers filled with pretty blooms offer plenty of color.