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.

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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