Arbours, Pergolas and Gazebos
The arbour has developed multiple meanings and uses. A basic definition would be it is a trellising structure, with an arched or flat roof. their primary function is aesthetics; to form an entrance way or make a stand-alone feature.
Arbours can be used as outdoor seating areas for either dining with either garden furniture or picnic blankets they can be used as a secluded hidey-hole for either reading, relaxing or for play time.
Characteristic of a gazebo is that it has a covered, dome or turreted roof, with open sides. They are often octagonal, like pavilions but can be any shape.
Pergola have flat rafters, with an open roof.
Neither should be confused with a pagoda which is actually a Chinese tiered tower.
A pergola, arbor or arbour is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, often upon which woody vines are trained.
Pergolas may link pavilions or extend from a building's door to an open garden feature such as an isolated terrace or pool. Freestanding pergolas, those not attached to a home or other structure, provide a sitting area that allows for breeze and light sun, but offers protection from the harsh glare of direct sunlight. Pergolas also give climbing plants a structure on which to grow.
If you want a covered, domed structure, you’re looking for a gazebo. For a flat roofed, open structure to grow plants up, it’s pergola. Arches, like pergolas, can be joined together and used to cover walkways or grow fragrant grape vines from. And if you want a stand-out stand-alone aesthetic element in your garden – well, then you need an arbour.
Make a design statement with an arbor made of metal, or use a wooden arch with special details to dress up a walkway to a garden. Many arbor, pergola, and trellis projects will solve a variety of problems in your garden. Many arbor, pergola, and trellis projects work well with other landscape elements, such as a trellis in combination with a fence or screen.
L & L Home Improvements are very happy to install and create your dream hide away.