Gazebos in the Landscape
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.
Fabric dresses up this simply styled gazebo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Bed of Roses
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 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.
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.
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.