Virtually every garden can be enhanced with the addition of an arbor. Garden arbors have been used for centuries to highlight the beauty of a garden space as well as provide shade and resting places for visitors. Today, you can either build your own garden arbor from scratch or have one delivered nearly completely assembled for you. Either way, a garden arbor is a fantastic addition to any garden. Here are some interesting facts about arbors.
When most people think of a garden arbor they see in their mind's eye a tall, vertical structure with two sides topped by some form of lattice roof. This is the classic look of garden arbors. But that classic look has taken on many new aspects which makes finding the perfect arbor for your tastes possible.
Arbors are made of various materials today, giving them even more versatility. You can find arbors in wood, metal, plastic, and even composite materials. The particular material that you select is a personal preference.
Some of the more common models of wooden arbors use cedar. This is an excellent choice as cedar will last for years and years even under extreme weather conditions. Cedar is also a very beautiful species of wood and arbors that are constructed of it are certainly eye-catchers.
Arbors are also available in a variety of sizes. Some are small, around three feet or so, and others are large. An offshoot of the arbor is the pergolas, which can be large enough to cover an entire patio.
Many models of arbors offer additions such as gates and trellises. These are wonderful additions to any arbor and they, too, can be built from scratch or delivered as part of an arbor kit. Arbor kits are a great way for the average homeowner to build their own arbor. These kits come with pieces pre-cut and often the only work is to set the footings and screw in the slats. Arbor kits are also very affordable, and the selection of arbors and accessories is truly impressive. There is almost certainly a style of arbor to fit every need.
When it comes to the style of the arbor, homeowners can choose from flat roof styles or arched roof styles. Either one is suitable for flowering vines such as Wisteria. They can also support many other types of vines and plants, making them very colorful during the growing season. Arbors also provide shady rest areas once the plant cover has made it across the roof.
One very good option for those interested in providing peaceful rest areas are the arbor models that come with a bench swing. These can be purchased as kits and they are fairly easy to assemble. The addition of the bench swing makes them a perfect place for resting and relaxing.
When shopping for an arbor keep in mind that you can save money by purchasing an arbor that has not yet been stained or painted. While staining and painting your arbor yourself is a good way to save some money, it also allows you to create the exact color scheme that you want for your garden addition.