Greening of Arbors / Bowers

Summer arbors or bowers can be simple places for the storage of equipment but also small, sacred refuges for having a rest after work, reading a book, or a place to talk about the meaning of Life. They can be built near at the house or free standing. They are really asking for a green up because in the classic form, as a trellis arbor with an open lattice instead of windows, they can be covered with greenery. We show old and new examples.

Pergola with grapevine near Dresden / Saxony

Arbours at the House

Arbours must not only be in the back yard or back garden. This is rather the case in city garden allotments we see. However, in the past, the arbour was often conceived as transverse room of the house to the house's garden . So an airy, shady area protected from rain was built, where one could often sit and drink tea, coffee (or wine ...). The advantage: Short routes for transporting tableware & Co. and if the house didn't have any rear exit, the main entrance was decorated with an arbour. With the rehabilitation of historical buildings new construction of such arbours must be worthy of consideration. In all case again!

Typical of the arbour walls, was the delicate latticework of strips of wood, often set diagonally. It was highly suitable as a climbing aid for easy climbing plants. Vines and roses were mostly used and then later Clematis.

Garden arbour on the roof of an outbuilding
Garden arbour with wooden lattice
Historic garden arbour at a house greened with Grapevines, Winter picture
Historic arbour at a house, Dresden / Saxony
Trellis arbour on a balcony, fruitless grape vine. In the past probably real grapevines
Trellised arbour of wood, Castle Tiefurt near Weimar / Thuringia
Porch arbour at a back entrance with diagonal lattices. Trellis grapes coming from the right. winter photo.
Porch arbour at a house entrance

Historical Summer Sheds

In the 19th century every upper-class house garden virtually then had a summer house, a tea hut or a pavilion. This was the case also in the towns and cities, too. One spot usually chosen was a prominent place i.e. the corner of the lot, with a view, where one could watch, in days of old, horse and carriage pass by.... Next to the popular pergola constructions, the old type of trellis arbour was very often used. The poorer population with their allotment gardens (city or town garden allotments) newly arising, chose closed arbours rather with a terraces-like porches together with lattice work, where the greenery could really grow again. Our great-grandfathers liked to green these summer houses with nice-smelling Honeysuckle, annuals play a large role today in turn. The plants persisted, held on tightly or were woven in. Only a little bandage material was used for the adherence of the shoots to the trellis.

Historic garden house with lattice work yet to be greened
Historic garden house with espalier walls
Old garden pavilion with Roses and vines, antique style design with lattices
Old garden pavilion with rose greening
Trellis arbour with Clematis
Trellis arbour with Clematis
Old garden arbour made of lattice work
Old arbour made up of wooden rods, Bad Schandau / Saxony
Garden arbour with Ivy (older form Arborescens)
Garden arbour with Ivy (older form Arborescens)
A real vine arbor: With vines covered garden pavilion
A real grapevine arbor: grapevine covered graden pavilion near Pillnitz / Saxony

Modern Garden Sheds

The standardized prefab summer garden shed or a corresponding kit is predominant here, however also original constructions like tree houses, scrapped circus caravans and freight train cars, are found in the gardens from time to time. It is usually a closed entity with a door and windows.

For the greening, the best solution is often a compilation of individual items, because for guiding the wires, staples or staple nails are usually enough, just at the mounting points of the rope loops eye bolts are needed. At elevated wall distance use the strong variant. For even more distance from the wall use a medium construction.

Small green garden house, wire rope system, medium construction style
Small green garden house, wire rope system, medium construction style
Grapevines on a garden house on the wire rope system 4060
Garden house (in the US) with a wire rope system 4060 in medium style
Modern tool shed. Attic aligned with two horizontal wire ropes and planted with grapevines.
Modern tool shed. Attic aligned  with two horizontal wire ropes and planted with grapevines.
Arbour-construct on a terrace. Horizontal wire ropes together with eyelets as a climbing aid in medium style.
Arbour-construct on a terrace. Horizontal wire ropes together with eyelets as a climbing aid in medium style.
Garden house with Clematis (right) on system 4010, basic construction style
Garden house with Clematis (right) on system 4010, basic construction style
The side of a wood shed with a clematis on cable system 5020, medium style.
The side of a wood shed with a clematis on cable system 5020, medium style.
Garden hut with a "site trailer look" planted with grapevine.
Garden hut with a "site trailer look" planted with grapevine. Stople / Usedom / Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Little shed with a wire rope system consisting of a medium style kit with grapevines.
Little shed with a wire rope system consisting of a medium style kit with grapevines.