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.
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.
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.
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.