Lee Valley Tools    Gardening Newsletter
   Vol. 7, Issue 8
   November 2012
 
   Overhead Garden Structures
 

Overhead garden structures
Overhead structures in the winter garden (Photo by Elena Bowell)

Of 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.

Arches
These 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.
 
 
                 
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