When most people think of gardens and gardening, they think of plants. However, there are many other things to consider when creating a garden, especially an ornamental garden. Structures and their placement in the garden is one such issue to think about. Garden structures are one of the components that turn a garden into an outdoor living space that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Kinds of Garden Structures
Garden Structures can be used to turn a garden into an outdoor living space and so much more. There are many options available for both big and small gardens.
Although space restrictions can limit what structures you can actually fit into your garden, many structures can be tailored to fit gardens of any size. Structures can serve various purposes in your garden from creating a defined outdoor living space, to acting as a gateway from one garden area to another, or acting as a support for plants. Many structures can serve more than one purpose. Let’s look at them now.
A Beautiful Garden View
A spa can consist of just a hot tub placed in your back yard for relaxation and enjoyment, or it can contain the whole spa experience. It can be enclosed, covered, or open to the stars. Check out the at home spa guide if you want to incorporate more into your spa experience.
A Heavenly Spa Experience
A gazebo is a roofed building or structure open on all sides providing a view of the area surrounding it, generally used for relaxation and/or entertainment. It is freestanding or attached to a garden wall. It is used to provide shade and shelter.
Beauty in an Older Gazebo
A pergola is a structure that forms a shaded passageway or sitting area. It consists of upright posts supporting cross-beams. A pergola is often covered with woody vines such as grape vines. It can be used as an extension to a building, or a walkway between pavilions.
A Gorgeous Rose Covered Pergola
A terrace is a patio area that is attached to the house. It is typically raised above ground level and generally does not have a roof. (This is not addressing the issue of a sloped area that requires terracing for use and erosion prevention.)
A Great Example of a Terrace
A pavilion is a temporary or semi-permanent structure used in gardens. A pavilion is typically a large and airy garden room with a high peaked roof similar to a large canopy.
A Fragment of Free-Standing Archways of a Moroccon Pavilion Wall
The image above is a remains of the 1992 Expo in Sevilla, Spain.
This pavilion, designed by Michel Pinseau, is one of the most beautiful pavilions from the 1992 world expo. This pavilion, based from a traditional Moroccan Palace (3 stories tall), was a gift from Moroccan King Hassan II to Spain's King Juan Carlos.
The Hyawonjeong Pavilion is probably the most photographed structure at Gyeongbeok palace in Seoul, South Korea.
An arbor is an open structure often built under trees. They are created to provide an enjoyable and shaded seating in nice weather. It can also be used as a divider in the garden or as a garden entrance. It may be free-standing or attached to another building or structure in the garden. It is often covered with vines.
Dvortygirl, CC BY-SA 2.0, via flickr
Close-up of an Arbor
A patio is an outdoor living area typically attached to the home. The word patio is of Spanish origin and means, backyard or back garden.
A Great Example of a Patio with an Adjoining Garden
Patio Adjoining a Library
A trellis is a framework of wooden, bamboo, and/or metal strips or bars, often woven, welded, or tied together to support climbing plants.
An Ornamental Trellis Can Be Used to Divide Spaces
An obelisk is a four-sided tapering structure that can be used to support climbing plants and vines. Plans are available to build an Obelisk. Most obelisks are solid structures such as the one pictured below.
I hope that some of these ideas have inspired you with new ideas of what can be accomplished using different structures in your outdoor living space.
And as you take time to plan a new garden or gardening area, or plan to revamp an older area, consider utilizing some of these structures to create an outdoor living environment that you can enjoy for many years to come. Happy gardening…
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