A gazebo often makes a lovely addition to surrounding landscapes and gardens. But upon deciding that you want a gazebo in your garden, you have several important considerations to make. Planning your garden gazebo correctly makes the difference between a wonderful outdoor experience and a maintenance hungry eyesore. Here are 3 big tips to help maximize your garden gazebo experience.
1. Consider the Size and Shape of your Garden
Our first tip is also the most important. When adding a gazebo to your garden, you want to consider the size and shape of your pre-existing garden. Even if you don’t yet have a garden, this is the primary factor. Large elaborate wooden gazebos with concrete bases will likely be out of place sitting next to a small patch of impatiens. Instead, think about what will complement the natural shape of your garden.
2. Choose the Style of Gazebo for Your Needs
Similar to our last tip, consider what style of gazebo you want and what will fit with your garden. There are so many options here – wood, metal, and concrete frames, canvas, leather, and vinyl (not recommended) canopies. You want your gazebo to complement your garden. Sometimes a wrought iron gazebo with a bench makes a nice place to grow vines. But if you want shelter from the elements and a place to eat, a wooden gazebo may work better. Also consider whether you want your gazebo to hold tools. This means a wooden gazebo – as it allows you to build storage into the bottom.
3. Consider the Placement of Your Gazebo
In addition to deciding upon your style of gazebo, you also want to consider its placement location within your garden. Will the gazebo be placed symmetrically? Or will you place it off to one side? How many entrances will the gazebo have? Do you want a path to each? The style of your current garden will impact this decision. Other factors include how close to your house you want the gazebo, and whether there are any obstacles in the path to your gazebo. Finally, if your yard is near a highway or other unsightly scene, you may want to place the gazebo as far away as possible from that area.
If you are planning a new garden, then you will have to consider all of these factors in tandem. The garden’s size and shape affect gazebo placement, the style of your gazebo affects the appearance of your landscape. Larger gazebos tend to require larger spaces and plants to ‘fit in’. Then again, a simple wrought iron trellis with a bench underneath can serve as a decorative ivy entrance-way. Whatever you consider, it may be wise to create plans on paper or computer to know how it will appear before spending any money.
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Some helpful garden planning tips that will save you a lot of time, money and heartache.