Garden houses, arbours, bowers, gazebos, etc.. can be simple places for storing tools or equipment, and also small, holy refuges where people can rest from their work, read a book, or reflect on the world. They can be built close to the house or be free-standing. In their classic traditional form as trellis arbours with open latticework instead of windows, they simply invite greenery. But even closed structures can be greened-- with climbing aids. We'll show you old and new examples.
Arbours/pergolas don't have to be only in the back yard or back garden, particularly in the case of city garden allotments. In the past, the arbour was often conceived and designed as a transitional space between the house and the garden. Thus, an airy, shady area protected from rain was built, where one could often sit and drink tea (or wine ...). The advantage: short routes for transporting tableware, etc.. And if the house didn't have a back exit, the main entrance was decorated with a pergola. When renovating historical buildings, the reconstruction of such pergolas is always worth considering!
Typical of the arbour walls was the delicate filigree latticework of wood moulding, often set diagonally. It was an excellent climbing aid for light climbing plants. Vines and roses were mostly used, and later clematis.
In the 19th century, virtually every upper middle-class house garden in the cities had a gazebo / summer house, a tea hut, or a pavilion. Usually an exposed place was chosen, e.g. on a corner of the property exposed to the roadside from where one could watch the carriages passing by... The garden pavilion often took the form of a pergola or a trellised wooden arbour.
In the allotments of the more modest social classes, the garden huts tended toward closed constructions, often with a terrace-like porch together with lattice-work on which climbing plants could grow. Our great-grandfathers liked to green these summer houses with nice-smelling honeysuckle; nowadays, annuals are usually preferred. The plants were self-clinging or were woven in. Only a little binding material was used for the adherence of the shoots to the trellis (e.g. for vines).
We are referring to the standard prefab summer garden shed or a corresponding kit, but original constructions- tree houses, scrapped circus caravans, wagons, old freight train cars- are found in gardens from time to time. To facilitate the trellising of climbing plants, cable systems can be installed, our easy wire rope system being more than sufficient as a general rule. An compilation of individual parts is usually the best and most inexpensive solution: staples (loops/ U-nails, EK 02555) or staple nails (KN 04055) are usually sufficient for guiding the wire ropes, and eye bolts are needed only at the mounting points of the rope loops. With increased space from the wall, use the heftier variant (of the easy) style. With even more wall distance, use a medium construction.