structures in the winter garden
(Photo by Elena Bowell)
all features, overhead structures stand out to me for adding
significant impact to the garden. Whether you buy them or build
them yourself, first determine if they fit your garden plan.
Next decide how many you would like; remember that each adds
considerable visual impact to the landscape, so it's best not
to go overboard. You'll also need to determine which style (Colonial
Revival, Asian, Contemporary, etc.) is complementary to your
house's architecture. Finally, consider what material (iron,
dressed lumber, recycled bricks, etc.) would best suit your
garden and your home. The following is a look at four of the
most common structures.
are simple structures with open tops and sides, save for cross
bracing. Accordingly, they don't offer rain protection but may
provide shade if covered in vines or other climbing plants.
Some have decorative latticework adorning the sides or spanning
the crosspieces of linked arches.