Gazebos in the Landscape

A gazebo offers an alluring way to enjoy the landscape.

Kelly Roberson


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Good Looks

    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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Charmed Life

    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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Graceful Gazebo

    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.

    -- To create consistency between house and patio, repeat details and materials in your designs. 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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Lovely Lattice

    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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Second Life

    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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Pretty Panorama

    A covered structure offers a scenic vista.

    -- While many gazebos are placed at grade, an elevated version can take advantage of views.

    -- Even a fully enclosed ceiling overhead isn't enough shelter for indoor furniture; instead, choose outdoor-ready couches, chairs, and tables, as well as "wet" rated lighting.

    -- 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.

    -- If a gazebo is elevated, safety railings are a must 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 real sides, plants can 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 also 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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Open Air

    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.

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