Garden Arbor Ideas

Garden arbors help create attractive home entries, inviting spaces for transitioning from one area of the garden to another, or a dramatic architectural focal point for your home. They also make an ideal platform for growing favorite climbing vines and flowering plants. Made from a wide range of materials including, wood, metal and composite, arbors come in a wide range of sizes and shapes to fit into any size garden.

Flower-Filled Arbor

Cover the garden arbor with lush flowering vines to create a dramatic landscape display. As the vine grows up and over the arbor, the space below becomes a shade retreat. Flowering vines come in a wide range of types, sizes and colors, and include deciduous and evergreen varieties. To create a vine-covered arbor, select a flowering vine that grows within the USDA zone. A hardy vine like the trumpet flower vine or cross vine has a rapid growth rate to cover the arbor in a short period of time. As an evergreen to semi-evergreen, it retains its colorful foliage year-round, even in winter. It grows 30 to 50 feet tall and has twining tendrils that easily adhere themselves to the arbor. The 2-inch wide, fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers on the trumpet vine are orange to red and attract butterflies. Versatile, they tolerate a wide range of conditions but grow best in well-drained, nutrient-rich soils.

Arbor Patio

Below the shaded retreat of a vine-covered arbor, create a patio to use for outdoor living and dining. Made from a wide range of materials including stone, brick and pebbles, arbor patios make an ideal spot for enjoying the outdoors. An ideal material for the patio is pebble. Soft underfoot and durable, they create an attractive outdoor patio that blends in well with the environment for a seamless design. The many colors found in pebbles also complement surrounding plants and help accent the garden. Versatile pebbles fit into most home styles to create both formal and informal designs. They also conform to fit into any size space.

Arbor Pathway

Tucked along a garden pathway or located at the entrance of a garden staircase, arbor paths create a transition between different areas of the home. The paths running to and from the arbor connect areas of the garden together to create a welcoming design. Made from a wide range of materials, including slate, flagstone, concrete and crushed granite, garden paths help create transitional structure to the garden. To create a walking path through the arbor to lead to various areas of the home, make sure it is at least 3 feet wide. This width allows for easy access of gardening equipment like wheelbarrows, and provides a wide enough space for strolling with friends and family to admire the garden.

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.