My garden is at the end of a short street. It is small but not quite as small as many of my neighbour’s gardens as it is tucked in one of the corners. My garden is ‘L’ shaped following two sides of my house and diagonally out to a corner. It has changed many times in the sixteen years I have gardened here. However, the biggest changes were made by the use of structures like pergolas and by vertical planting with small, I mean small, trees, bamboos and shrubs. My garden became one that you could walk through rather than see it all at a glance making it feel much bigger than it is. I know all the garden magazines and books say this but it does actually work.
How do you go about choosing and using a structure like an arbour? Well I would probably say get out and visit gardens that use them as much as the places like garden centres where you would buy them. Perhaps you will even get ideas there to build your own design. That’s what we did. I have an arch, a pergola arch and a pergola and each one was collaboration between my husband and I. We came up with our design based on my ideas and how he felt it would work practically – some negotiation was required of course!
Taking photographs at gardens and garden shows, I have always done – what gardeners don’t. There is a wealth of ideas and inspiration out there. However as I was browsing other blogging sites to add some more links to my side bar (I have added a number of new ones for 2008) I came across a posting about Arbours and Pergolas.
Gardening Gone Wild runs a monthly design workshop asking for others to get involved by posting on the feature of the month. The idea is to share ideas and photos so with Part 1 of my first contribution I will share photos I took while researching my own structures. I will post on my own garden in Part 2 at the end of the week as I will now need to research my photos pre digital camera which could take some time!
All photos above were taken on garden visits and garden shows.