So many gardens I’ve seen lately have some sort of enclosed space for living or to create an entrance. The enclosed space need not be covered or even have walls. But a structure signifies this space is for people – not just for the garden.
I know the gazebo in the image below is not in a small garden but it gives the feel of what I am talking about. This beautiful old, weathered, ornate iron gazebo looks just great in this Australian bush garden
You don’t need a large garden to want something to define space or give you a sense of enclosure and safety. Even in small spaces, structures, covered or not can create separate areas for different forms of use.
Some of the pergolas and gazebos I’ve seen around the traps are beautiful and help to make a garden special.
This simple pergola covered in orange bougainvillea provides a perfect entrance to an informal garden.
Simple structures like this can be built or purchased fairly easily.
Not so with the steel beams which create the pergola in ‘Continental Drift’ below.
Contemporary structures are usually simple.
‘Nord’ by Marnie Lewis is a great example.
Most of the contemporary pergolas and gazebos shown here are from exhibition gardens in various garden shows I have attended. I love the simplicity but softness of most of them.
Open to Nature
The simplicity of ‘Conversation’ by Paal Grant is enhanced by a beautiful weathered metal patterned pergola.
Spare Change by Jason Hodges shows what can be done with recycled timber collected from the verge on rubbish days.
‘Surge’ by Candeo Design is smart with color.
The Modernist by Joe Palimeno is very contemporary, soft and inviting. This is a garden to live in.
Gardens which are not so contemporary may need something more traditional. The traditional look can suit modern gardens if care is taken to give it a contemporary slant.
Most of these structures have come from private gardens I have visited.
This classical gazebo is beautiful and it really fits the garden it sits in. Take care that this look really suits your garden. Because it is easy to buy, so often I have seen this look used in gardens which are crying out for something simpler or something more contemporary.
This ornate iron gazebo shouldn’t fit in any casual garden but it does here. The lightness of the frame, the color and weathered appearance make it work in this dusty garden.
This simple, traditional timber pergola is perfect for the garden it sits in and creates a great entrance to the next area.
And I can’t think of anything else but this rustic timber structure for this rainforest setting.
Finally, that structure may just be an arch over a seat in an escape nook in the garden.