Styles of Garden Arbors

Enjoy watching your favorite creeping vines climb your arbor to provide a lush, vibrant focal point to the garden. Many styles of arbors exist that have the capability of creating stunning outdoor living and dining areas. Others are simpler and used as the entryway to your perennial garden. Whichever arbor you choose, enjoy watching it come to life with fresh blooms and stunning foliage.

Arts and Crafts Style

Craftsman style arbors have simple lines that stress utility and comfort. They are known for square and chunky panels with exposed braces and joints. The arts and crafts style arbor is typically made from wood like cedar or oak. This bulky, sturdy type of arbor creates an outstanding focal point to the outdoor landscape. In keeping with the era, keep the surrounding blooms subtle by planting simple ornamental grasses flanked around the arbor.

Asian Style

Asian style arbors are often used as an entryway into the garden area. Typically this style of arbor is arched. The trellis-style panels on either side of the arbor are used for creeping plants and vines. Today's Asian style arbor is inspired by the pagoda arbor, used many years ago in the gardens of China. It is typically made of wood or metal for a long-lasting design that withstands the outdoor elements. You can also find the Asian style arbor in vinyl. Vinyl is extremely lightweight and very easy to clean, making it an excellent alternative to wood or metal.

Gothic Style

Typically made from cast iron, this long-lasting arbor style has a European influence with a fleur-de-lis finial topping the structure. Along the sides, the horizontal bars allow creeping vines like roses and jasmine to weave in and out for a lush and vibrant design. Another feature of the Gothic style arbor is the built-in gate that serves as a lovely entrance to and from your garden or outdoor landscapes.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.