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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A compact gazebo offers a bit of romance in location and design.
-- 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.
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.
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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