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A simple arbor can add rustic charm to a country or wooded landscape. Pick your favorite natural style from this collection.
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.
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.
A series of small garden arbors can create a dramatic effect. A repeating theme of three matching structures adds interest to this garden.
An unfussy arbor design can still make a big impact. Even a simple entry structure can provide a warm welcome and individualize your home.
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.