17 Stylish Arbor Ideas
Grow Climbing Roses
Few things go hand-in-hand in the garden like roses and arbors. Look for the climbing roses best adapted to your area -- not all roses grow well in all regions. Selecting the right rose will make your garden easier to keep up.
Make a Grand Entrance
Put an arbor -- even a simple one -- over your front walk to dress up your front yard and make your entrance a memorable one. For the most impact, choose an arbor that fits with the style and scale of your home.
Add a Destination
Top Off Your Patio
Decorate Your Deck
Create Winter Appeal
Make a Room
Add Height to Your Garden
Create Salvage Style
Find an old arbor at an antique or architectural salvage store to help make your garden feel more established. Or be creative and look for non-traditional materials.
Define a Space
Stuck with a narrow side yard? Use a simple arbor to help make it a destination. Here, an otherwise wasted, long and narrow space becomes a lush, inviting path.
Create Garden Art
While arbors are traditionally painted white or left their natural wood color, you can add extra eye-appeal by painting yours in bold, bright colors. They become a focal point and a work of garden art.
Add a sense of surprise with an arbor. Here, a crisp white arbor rises out of a boxwood hedge and is crowned dramatically with climbing roses. Incorporate an arbor into a hedge, or use a mix of materials, such as wood, metal, or stone to create your arbor.
Provide for the Birds
A simple -- or even an ornate -- arbor can be the perfect spot for birdhouses. Tuck smaller houses in for a subtle effect or use them as a focal point.
Dramatize Cottage Style
The right arbor can enhance your garden's theme or style. For example, a white arbor among lush plants creates perfect cottage style.
Go with a Classic Feel
If you have a classic-style garden, use a traditional metal arbor and climbing roses to run with the theme and create a perfect vignette.
Enhance an Asian Feel
Add to Asian style with a simple arbor. Look for an arbor with clean, simple lines and a natural color. Don't make it too dramatic -- in Asian style, the simpler is usually better.
Grow a Living Curtain
Weeping conifers look great when they carpet the ground, but they're downright stunning when supported and allowed to drape. This weeping larch is a perfect plant to clothe a sturdy arbor and create a landscape masterpiece.