Erecting a garden shelter in your landscape, no matter the yard size, makes your yard appealing and more usable. You can select from a variety of options when deciding on the garden structure: open and airy, screened and enclosed, simple or ornate. Whatever style you choose for a garden shelter, it should give you a comfortable feeling when completed and let you be in touch with nature.
Garden structures with an open roof are probably the most popular and the easiest to construct. Open-roofed garden structures come in many styles, depending on the look you want for your yard. More casual, informal open-roofed garden structures are in the form of arbors or trestles. These structures usually have open sides, but then are "closed" and "roofed" with vines for wind barriers and privacy. A pergola is a more formal open-roofed garden structure, but still generally has a vine-type plant growing up and over the structure. Popular vines for open-roofed garden structures are climbing roses, wisteria, jasmine, trumpet vines and grapes.
Solid Roof Structures
You may want open sides to your garden structure, but need a solid roof. Loggias, porticos and gazebos are all garden structure designs with a solid roof but open sides. Gazebos, large or small, have always been popular as a haven to enjoy your landscape. They can be completely open sided or partially covered with open-weave lattice. Porticos and loggias are more formal, with a loggia often situated to overlook a formal courtyard, while a portico is attached as an extension to your home or pool house.
As inviting as open-sided structures are, sometimes, because of the weather or insects, an enclosed garden structure is more desirable. Structures with roofs and screened sides, referred to as screened-in porches, are most common in locales that require protection from the elements to peacefully enjoy your garden.
Another type of enclosed garden structure is becoming more popular as new designs become available. It is the potting shed, or garden shed. No longer are they relegated to a hidden spot, but are incorporated into your landscape, sometimes the focal point of your garden. These sheds are unique, constructed in wood with windows and embellished trim. Larger sheds often house a small art and craft studio or office. The design and style of your garden shed can range from rustic to quite formal.