Thursday, January 29, 2015

VINE COVERED ARBOR, INSPIRATION THURSDAY

Vine covered arbor, image courtesy of Southernliving.com
We are really fascinated by this arbor.  We have the entrance to our garden of course, with a gate, where we could put something like this, but I'm afraid it might be a bit overwhelming.  2nd Man suggested an arbor like this as an "entrance" to an area of the property...almost like creating a secret garden entrance to a special area.  

That's a great idea.  In fact, if we could create several of these someday, they could be scattered around different places on the farm to create all sorts of doorways to 'other plant worlds', ha.  It would be a great way to walk from one area into another area.  Can't be too hard I would hope?  Build/create an arbor and then plant on one or both sides?  Someday!

Be inspired!


33 comments:

jaz@octoberfarm said...

fall flowering clematis works really well on an arbor like this too!

Delores said...

Why does The Hobbitt come to mind when I see this? I do so wish someone who loved gardening would take over our yard.

Kate said...

I LOVE Arbors! I just had a White Vinyl one installed this past summer on the side of the house with a gate that leads into the back yard! Can't wait to start planting some Morning Glory or some other Vine Climber. My Mom said it would look lovely with some Climbing Roses...

Linda said...

Clematis is great, Moonflower (Big white fragrant) blooms in the evening. Oooo! Grapes! You could make jelly! One word of advice (from experience). Anchor the arbor. Even with the plants, especially with the plants! a wind storm will blow the whole thing over (and break it).

donna baker said...

I'll tell you an even easier way for an arbor. Take a cattle panel and bend it and secure it to the ground. Grapes, gourds, berries etc. all hide the cattle panel and it will last forever, unlike the wood ones. You can save the decorative one for someplace special. Just don't plant wisteria on it as it will be torn and bent every which way. I tried it and we finally had to rip it out.

Practical Parsimony said...

Just make sure that is wider than anything that you want to drive through. Plus, little narrow arbors are hard to even walk though after vines grow inside. Many plants that would work are invasive, like moonflowers. Grapes and roses together would be great. I saw an arbor like that in a magazine. Wisteria tore up my chain link fence.

I like the way the entrance flares in the front with extra wood instead of just the arbor structure.

Thomas Generazio said...

I love this look. I plant to install some simple garden arches in this year and go some climbing roses on them. I also have a few hardy kiwis and a grape vine that I need to train somewhere.

FionaG said...

Our neighbour has one almost identical to the one in the photo, lying on its side covered with grass. I pine for it every time I visit. Practical Parsimony offered very good advice in regards to it being the entry to your property. You need to consider the types of vehicle that may be visiting, this includes large trucks and tractors that may need to enter the property to do some manner of work. We know of one property where they made a tall, wide, wooden arbor but had it so the top beam could be removed if need be. It would need a big tractor to do the job as it was a solid beam. My sister offered us really good advice when we moved onto our property, she said " whatever you plan, think big", it is a great mantra.

Lindsey Lewandowski said...

I love that! Our yard is too small to have anything like that :(

Sue said...

That is one gorgeous arbor. Definately worth looking in to!!

Elephant's Child said...

Oooh. I would love an arbour. A scented arbour.

deborah harvey said...

saw a greenhouse made of cattle panels bent and secured with rebar rods.
if you could find a different way to secure it, it would make a good trellis.
when covered by vines no one would know it was just a panel.
deb h.

The Singing Gardener said...

You absolutely must. I have 2 archways into different parts of my garden and a seat arbour too and they add height, interest and a great place for climbing plants (I have a climbing rose and a clematis on both of them). Oh and by the way, they are pretty easy to erect. Go for it.

Dc said...

Our back garden is too small for areas but we still have 2 arches covered with trained fruit trees. Be inspired and dream and plan!

Chickpea said...

I love the idea of having one between areas of garden, like going through the wardrobe to narnia :)

Texas Rose said...

That is such a lovely design - it’s as if it’s inviting you into a very special place.
The advice by Linda to securely anchor the arbor is important. I had 2 arbors, one covered with roses and the other with a flowering vine, anchored into the ground. A cat 1 hurricane snapped them off at the ground - so I would advise reinforcing them at the base.
I like the idea from Singing Gardener about a seated arbor. I have 2 concrete benches by my garden - it would be great to cover one with an arbor so I could rest in the shade.

1st Man said...

Thank you!

1st Man said...

OMG you are SO right, it is like The Hobbitt !! Hey, maybe you can rent out your yard, ha.

1st Man said...

Arbors done right are SO pretty. I hope you get something exciting done with it!!

1st Man said...

Moonflower? I'll have to look that up, I love fragrant flowers. We are definitely having grapes, I already have them in containers in town. Been looking for someplace to plant them out there, never thought about a trellis like this, thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Oh, and thanks for the advice, will definitely remember that!!

1st Man said...

Really? That's is a great idea. I will have to google some cattle panel arbors. Thank you!!! Oh, and we're safe from Wisteria, it doesn't grow well down here, ha

1st Man said...

Thanks for the tips, love it!! You know that is neat the way they have a flared entrance huh? That seems like it would help mange the vine a bit huh? Thanks!!

1st Man said...

I've never grown climbing roses...but they are gorgeous aren't they? By the way your yard is just so gorgeous, you are doing an amazing job.

1st Man said...

Oh, dang, that must be so sad to see. Do you think if you asked nicely, that you'd take it off their hands? Maybe they just don't like it and would be glad to get rid of it if someone else did all the work, ha. Great advice. And love the mantra "think big". We've got lots of room to do that. :-)

1st Man said...

Maybe a small arbor? Or just something climbing up a single trellis?

1st Man said...

Isn't it? I could see something that beautiful on your beautiful property. :-)

1st Man said...

Scented is SO awesome isn't it? I love the scents coming from a mass of flowers.

1st Man said...

A greenhouse? Wow! I will have to research what all can be done with cattle panels. I love that idea. Thanks for the info!!

1st Man said...

I have seen how pretty yours are when in bloom, love it. I like the idea of a seat arbor, will have to remember that. Thank you for the encouragement!!

1st Man said...

Trained fruit trees? How cool is that! thank you for the words of support, dream and plan is right! Thank you!!!

1st Man said...

We love that movie, thanks, that's so true. Transporting to another world. :-)

1st Man said...

And we know we have those Cat 1's on occasion don't we? I will remember the anchoring, thanks!! And we do have a concrete bench out there, never thought about being under an arch like this. Cool!