Rustic and Simple Arbor Ideas

A simple arbor can add rustic charm to a country or wooded landscape. Pick your favorite natural style from this collection.

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  • Beautiful Live-Branch Arbor

    Rustic arbors usually take one of two forms: One style, called live branch, is made of sturdy branches with the bark still intact. The other type of rustic garden structure construction uses rough-sawn lumber. In both styles, the use of rustic design and materials doesn't necessarily mean crude engineering. This live-branch arbor features a curved roof structure that increases strength and exploits the tension inherent in the bent branches. These techniques are actually more efficient than using dressed lumber from milling machines.

  • Simple Tunnel Arbor

    With a rustic arbor's design, less is more. There's no attempt to mimic architectural elements here, just the structural basics required to hold the roof up and keep everything steady. A jumble of roses and other flowers provides the perfect setting for the live-branch tunnel arbor.

  • Repeating Arbors

    A series of small garden arbors can create a dramatic effect. A repeating theme of three matching structures adds interest to this garden.

  • Simple White Arbor

    Paint can add a style boost to a simple arbor without overwhelming a vibrant garden setting. This white arbor stands in contrast to a riotous display of colorful flowers.

  • Peaked-Top Arbor

    An unfussy arbor design can still make a big impact. Even a simple entry structure can provide a warm welcome and individualize your home.

  • Sturdy Rustic Arbor

    Careful selection of branches is a key to success in building a rustic structure such as this one. Corresponding members should be roughly the same size and shape for the best-looking result.

  • Industrial-Look Arbor

    Combine different elements, such as natural wood with metal, to create an arbor for modern spaces. Reinforcing mesh for concrete and standard lumber bolted together make a no-nonsense, industrial-look arbor for this urban garden.

  • Complementary Arbor Plantings

    Choose arbor plantings that complement the rest of your garden. Here, clematis climbs over a simple arbor that marks the path to a hammock in the garden. The structure's narrow top and sides are ideal for vines with tendrils.

  • Rose-Covered Arbor

    A garden arbor can designate a private retreat. Roses ramble over this rustic arbor, creating an enchanting entry to a restful get-away spot.

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