Frame Your Garden with a Flea Market twist…
19 GREAT Garden Arbor Idea and 2 easy projects. The entrance to your garden is often one of the first things visitors will see! An arbor has to be the most romantic structures in a garden, and one that creates a portal,…an entry way into the garden sparking curiosity as to what is around the corner.
Joy Hale “My rose arbor is planted with the white Iceberg Climbing Roses…. The old wood came from my dad’s old woodpile, the rock pathway came from the top of Kaiser Pass in the Sierra mountain range. I loved those days of collecting! ” The path to Joy’s rose arbor is delightfully planted with spiky, tall Foxgloves, Roses and lacy, white Leucanthemum Daises along the edges.
The neighbor knows I like recycled garden things and is my biggest connection for junkola sometimes! This three-opening, metal tubular framed arbor was a treasure and perfect for this ‘intersection’ of three paths. Didn’t even have to paint it.
Carol McLaughlin built an arbor from wood that came in from the hurricane for the wild grapes that grow in the marsh. Now, Climbing Roses and Clematis grow there.
When visiting Dandi Gentry’s garden, you’d walk through a series of arbors and trellises that divide the space into delightful areas rimmed with colorful flower beds. When planning flower bed shapes, plan for an arbor, too!
Kathy Hardin “Entrance to one of my flower gardens. The large cast iron pot is a water feature and the fence is from a little antique shop here in North Georgia. I really needed something to keep my big dogs from walking all over my flowers so this solves that, too. The daisies are metal and just paint and the flag is made from very old wavy tin that was used for roofing.”
Where would you install an arbor in your garden? They can sit just beyond the back entrance of your home to direct guests through, or be put in a side entrance like Linde Skipper’s. Wouldn’t you like to come through here to see what kind of Haven Linde created?
Beth Anderson added old wooden doors just inside either side of this metal framed gazebo from the home store. The awning wore out, so now it’s complete with benches on either side so you can sit and enjoy the shade. Strong enough to hold blooming purple Wisteria.
- Think out of the norm. The materials for a garden arbor can be rustic, recycled or painted wood, branches or twigs or from ornate iron or tubular metal.
- Get someone to help you set it up level. You’ll enjoy it more if it’s straight up and down, not wonky.
- Make sure wooden ‘feet’ are up off the ground, on concrete footings, gravel, or rock.
- Reinforce lightweight arbors with wooden or metal stakes.
- Set up first, plant later so you won’t damage plant’s roots.
Welcome to my garden
Billie Hayman “One of my favorite tangled up ‘messes'”
Consider the style of your garden when choosing an arbor. Wendy Marett’s arbor has a Craftsman look with functional seats and stained glass decoration. Stephie McCarthy’s arbor below, is completely opposite airy and light, made from branches and twig from her garden.
Project #1 Make a rustic rose arch
Stephie McCarthy “Husband, Pat, pounded four metal fence posts for wire fencing into the ground for supports. We put an arch made of the fencing onto the posts and secured it with cable ties.”
“We temporarily held the shape of the arch using some twine, and then we added lots of “Gandalf” sticks, curly vine trimmings and even a bird’s nest onto the frame. When it was stable, we removed the twine which was criss-crossing the path temporarily.”
“The black cable ties hold everything in place and are very strong but will fade into the background with exposure to weather. This arch is many years old now, and really strong having been testing several times by a chubby kitten. It’s needed almost no repairs, except to cut back the wildest rose branches in the Spring. The climbing rose is ‘Baltimore Belle.’”
Project #2 Hog panel wire arbor
Jeanne Sammons “I used this old ‘hog panel’ to make this Arbor for some Bittersweet plants. These old panels have been lying around the property for years now then I saw this idea somewhere and we tried it! Steel fence posts ground it. We had to do a lot of bending, shoving and I stood in the middle of it flat on the ground for a bit while he pushed and shoved to get it in shape. Today it paid off! I am so happy!” ‘Hog Panels’ are 3′ x 16′,…perfect size for an archway and you get them at the hardware or farm store.
It’s difficult to get more romantic than a white arbor, picket fence to enclose a cottage or vegetable garden, like Anne Beauchemin’s. The combination is perfect for just about any informal landscape — especially if you have a cottage-garden style.
An arbor of salvaged, rusty tools, like Cheryl Archer’s, provides a fitting, friendly entrance for this beautiful country garden. Unlike its solid wood counterpart, a recycled collection like this offers visitors a int of the gardener’s personality. This arbor can certainly withstand winds without issue.
Diana Daily “Here’s one of my favorite pathways in last summers garden.” Just brush aside the Bee Balm and come into Diana’s garden. The arbor just hides a little, sparking your interest!
Kelly Dickinson “The antique rose arbor. I live in Louisiana and we had a long bad winter… but for some reason the roses seemed to be beautiful this season…really enjoying their beauty!”
Trumpet vine covers Kathy’s metal framed and rustic arbor entrance. For more of Kathy Gilbert intriguing garden, see Kathy’s Gorgeous Greenhouse From Old Windows
At Flea Market Gardening, we like to make our own arbors or search for them at Flea Markets, discarded from friends or at an auction or estate sale, but if you’re not a master builder, you can buy a kit from a home improvement center that is easy to assemble.
Gate Enclosures for Arbors
Sydney Minor “My son built the gate for me through the fence leading to my daughter’s house. It will have some new plantings up to and on it as part of my side yard make-over. It has an innovative closure. Note the Louisiana fleur–de–lis!”
Gate closure: When the rock is in its pocket, the latch is down to lock it. The rock out of its pocket raises the latch to unlock it. I was a poet, and I didn’t know it! I don’t know where Bruce came up with that idea, but he’s a clever boy.
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