Sometimes it's nice to step outside of one's home and enjoy nature. Let's set the scene. The sun is shining down on you, and basking you in its glory. You feel the wind blowing around you, rustling the leaves on your garden's trees. And you can also stand there and enjoy the free concert provided by songbirds living in your trees.
Life doesn't get much better than that! Of course, if you love having a well-manicured garden, you'll always to better it. One of the ways many keen homeowners do so is by installing some garden features. Arbors and pergolas are two typical examples of how people improve the looks of their gardens.
What if you don't know much (if anything) about those decorative yet functional items? Johnson's Landscaping Service are experts in all things gardening. One of the things we often get asked to do is design, build and fit arbors and pergolas. Let us tell you a bit more about them, and why you might want some for your garden!
What is an arbor?
In a nutshell, an arbor is just a basic freestanding structure. Arbors often have decorative lattice designs on them, and most feature an arched roof.
The brilliant thing about arbors is they can get used for a variety of purposes. For example, you can use an arbor to support plants like vines and climbing shrubs. Another idea for an arbor is to create a garden feature, usually in the form of a garden entrance or walkway.
Many of our clients opt for arbors in their gardens because they want to help transition one area to another.
What are arbors made from?
Many people opt for wood arbors in their gardens, selecting treated pine or redwood. It's also possible to get arbors made from metal or vinyl.
While wood arbors are the preferred choice, they need protection from the elements. Insect damage and rot from harsh weather can destroy a wood arbor if left untreated. If you prefer the low-maintenance option, vinyl arbors are your best bet. For the ultimate in tough arbors, consider one made from iron or galvanized steel.
Johnson's Landscaping Service have designed and built many pergola designs. Contact us to find out more about what we can do for you.
What is a pergola?
The only downside to an arbor is its small frame and size. They are only as wide as a standard door frame. Do you have a large garden? If so, an arbor may look a little lost within it! The solution to that conundrum is to get a pergola instead.
As you may have guessed, pergolas are also freestanding structures - just like arbors. The only difference is they are bigger! Pergolas are often made by creating two rows of columns linked to an open roof framework.
Pergolas have many advantages over their smaller arbor cousins. First of all, there is a larger surface area for plants to grow. They can also "train" climbers to provide shade at the top-most ends. Pergolas don't always have to get installed in the middle of your garden.
They can look right at home fitted onto a deck or patio. The result? You end up with the perfect entertainment area! Many of our clients also adorn their pergolas with hanging lights. They offer an excellent ambiance during the darker hours.
Landscape architects love pergolas! That's because they make great focal points in any medium to large sized garden.
What are pergolas made from?
As with arbors, pergolas are also made from wood, vinyl or metal. A lot of our clients prefer the natural look that wood like teak or cedar offers in their garden. Of course, they do need some maintenance to protect them from the environment.
We have found some clients prefer wrought-iron pergolas as they are all known for their longevity. It's worth noting that iron also needs protecting from the elements. That usually means coating them with a rust-resistant paint.
As you can appreciate, the construction you select will depend on the style you want. Are you unsure whether to get a wood, vinyl or metal pergola for your garden? Don't worry, because Johnson's Landscaping Service is here to help!
Take a look at our gallery of recent pergola installations. They should give you some inspiration for your garden and show you what is possible. Of course, you're more than welcome to talk it through with us. After all; we want to make sure you've got the perfect pergola in your garden!