Arbors come in many sizes, colors, styles and materials; and they can serve many purposes. So you should find several options to meet your landscaping needs. Before choosing your arbor, be sure to decide how and where it will be used.
Will it be incorporated into the structure of your garden, designed to serve as the framework for plants and shrubs – maybe as a focal point with vines climbing up and over. A deep arbor might work best in this instance – perhaps offering enough room for seating. You might use pavers underfoot to define the space, with plant material offering screening above.
Will it be used as part of the landscaping perimeter? Often an arbor can further define the edge of your outdoor space and might even be paired with a gate for this purpose. This is often done by fitting the arbor in an opening in a row of flowering shrubs.
Will your arbor be the visual entrance to your garden – often combined with a pathway. Sometimes the pathway will begin at the arbor and stretch into the garden. In other cases, a path might lead up to, under and past the arbor.
The color of the plant material and other garden accents will determine the color of your arbor once you decide if it should stand out as a focal point or recede into the background. A lighter color arbor will usually blend well if it will supporting flowering plant material, whereas shrubs will best blend with a darker color.
Arbors are constructed of a variety of materials – from wood to ornamental metal to the no-maintenance PVC options. Much depends upon your other landscaping options, but these days PVC can be of many colors and textures which might well blend with other accessories.
Whatever your choice, you will find that an arbor will add versatility and a touch of beauty to your outdoor space.
Our experienced sales representatives here at Security Fence Company in Red Lion, PA, can show you our selection of arbors and many other items to enhance your outdoor space. They’ll answer your questions and help you decide what works best for your circumstances. So CONTACT US at your convenience to get the details.
These informative articles (blogs) were written and prepared by SFC’s President and COO, Tom Harbaugh. Tom has over 45 years of construction experience in fence, deck, railing, access control, and sunroom additions. He is responsible for the birth of all of these products and divisions at SFC, and his hands-on experience is invaluable to those looking to expand the comfort and security of their home and business.
Whether you want to create a living wall of climbing vines, a splash of color to break up a wide expanse of boring exterior wall, a means of privacy, a vertical garden or something else, you will find that a trellis can make your job easy.
If an area of your yard needs more color or visual interest, then place your trellis near a wall or section of your fence. Be sure to leave space all the way around the trellis to allow plants to climb and grow their way up around the slats.
When you add a trellis to your landscaping plan, be sure to choose colors and plant types for the trellis that are repeated in the surrounding outdoor space such as flower beds and containers.
In fact, growing plants in containers placed at the base of a trellis will offer more ground area and expand your garden vertically for an entirely different appearance. This can be done with evergreens, blooming plants and even vegetables. Evergreen plants require a minimum of maintenance, offer the best privacy because of their dense growth; and many are self-climbers that do not require you to attach them to the trellis. Blooming plants – whether annuals or perennials – offer colorful splashes as they climb but often require you to attach them to the trellis to start the climbing process. Vegetables can also be grown vertically with the help of a trellis, especially cucumbers, beans and tomatoes to allow you to increase your garden’s yield; and, when they die off in the fall, you can replace them with blooming plants.
Freestanding trellises are very useful for setting apart or defining the sections of your yard. For example, to offer privacy to an outdoor sitting area or a pool or pond, add one or more trellises with plant material that blends with the landscape and is dense enough to obscure the view.
Trellises can be found in a variety of colors, styles and materials. They can be made of wood or ornamental metal such as iron or aluminum. However, if maintenance is a priority for you, then consider the many shapes and sizes of PVC trellises to meet your needs.
Here at Security Fence Company, our sales people welcome the opportunity to help you explore your choices, learn about using trellises and decide on the right one for your landscaping needs. Why not CONTACT US at your convenience to find out how we might help you and/or to request a Quote?