Garden landscape ideas: trellis & arbors

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Add vertical dimension to your garden landscape with decorative arbors and trellises designed for privacy or support. A garden trellis can span the length of a garden border or fence line, whereas an arbor is typically 2 to 7 feet wide. Climbing vines and flowers add design interest to garden arbors and trellises; select plants with colours to complement your landscape.

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Garden Gate Arbor

A garden gate arbor covered with flowers acts as a focal point for your landscape. Stand an arbor with an attached gate at the entrance to your garden. Metal, vinyl and wooden gate arbors are available at home and garden design centres. Plant climbing roses, clematis or passion vines that grow along the sides and across the top of the arbor to produce colourful flowers. Trim the vines as needed to prevent them from growing along the garden gate.

Garden Bench and Arbor

Create a private nook in one area of your landscape with a garden bench surrounded by a decorative arbor. Select an arbor and a bench made with a design style and materials that complement the overall appearance of your landscape. For example, if your landscape design is rustic, select an arbor made from twigs and a backless cedar bench. For a Zenlike garden design, select a natural redwood arbor and bench with an Asian-design influence. Wrought iron arbors and slatted benches with backs and arms fit into an English-style garden landscape. Cover the arbor with twinkle lights to create a nighttime focal point.

Trellis Border

Border your garden landscape with a trellis made from posts and wire to support blackberry, raspberry or grape vines. A garden trellis designed for berry support can have two horizontal support wires between vertical support posts, or horizontal wires atop vertical support posts. Blackberry, raspberry and grape vines are deciduous; they lose their leaves when dormant. Leafless vines have a distinctive appearance that can enhance a rustic or country-style winter landscape. You can also harvest grape vines, dry them and create decorative craft projects.

Privacy Trellis

Erect a trellis for privacy around your garden landscape using posts and lattice panels. Plant ivy or flowering vines at the base of the trellis to add dense growth to enhance the privacy. Kiwi vine, climbing snapdragon, climbing hydrangea, black-eyed Susan and canary creeper are types of flowering vines with thick foliage that eventually covers a privacy trellis. Select plants for the garden trellis based on available sunlight and the average climate in your area.

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