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Arbours, Pergolas, Trellises, Oh My

Updated on April 10, 2013

outdoor living

Its summertime and the living is easy. Ah, those hazy, crazy days of summer; days of picnics and BBQs are. For many of us, not only the best times but also are rich in the fondest memories.

I love being outside, the fell of the wind and the sun carry reminders of my childhood and the times spent in our backyard.

We had a picnic table and BBQ in the yard as well as an extensive garden. The gate that kept our dogs in was part of an arbor that some seasons grew sweet peas and some morning glories.

I remember one year the fence that ran all around the yard and which we used to love to walk was covered in bright blue morning glories.

Now the morning glory can be a very take over type of plant and by season’s end it was doing more than just climbing the fence but that is another memory.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and corn on the cob are visual recollections of those carefree summer days.

If you think of your backyard not just as a yard but as an extension of your house and a palce where your family spends time together enjoying the summer sun and building future memories there are a number of ways that you can enhance that space that will increase your enjoyment and add value to your home.

The arbor serves several purposes; one it can act as a doorway that separates your yard into different sections and tow, is a great palce tog row plants such as clematis.

A friend of mine has a double lot backyard and uses an arbor with rose bushes on either side to separate the sections into a family room, at the front near the house and a play room towards the back. The arbor is the doorway between the rooms.

A pergola could be thought of as a big arbor, but I feel the pergola is best considered as a space unto itself. The open ceiling and sides define a space that is separate from the rest of your yard and where you can place your outdoor furniture and form a living room or a dining room where you can entertain your guest on those wonderful summer weekends and evening that can be surrounded by flowers and vines throughout the season.

The trellis is a versatile way to grow and display a wide variety of plant from apples to zucchinis can be grown using a trellis.

Trellises can be placed on fences, garages, and the side of a house or stand alone, and they are ideal for hiding those spots that you really do not want anyone to see.

The trellis is likely the easiest of the three for the homeowner to build but all three can make an ideal project for any do-it-yourselfer.

No matter what you decide is right for your yard, an arbor, pergola or trellis can add functional pleasure to your outdoor living.

So take a good look at your yard and see what will work best for you and your summer, at-home, get away.

a basic trellis

arbor and bench

courtesy mezuni/flickr
courtesy mezuni/flickr


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 9 years ago from New Brunswick


  • lady luck profile image

    lady luck 9 years ago from Boston

    Im so forwarding this my father, he NEEDS to do something with his back yard. Great hub!