Arbors, gazebos, pergolas, trellises and all such open structures make wonderful additions to the garden, especially when covered with climbing shrubs or vines.

In addition to providing shade, these structures can focus attention on a piece of sculpture, fountain, or other attraction. When space is limited, a gazebo or pergola can be used to imply a greater depth by directing views to distant attractions.

Buildings in the garden should tie the house and garden together. Distinct colors, materials and architectural details of the house should be reflected in structures. Subtle repetition of such details will reinforce the unity of the overall composition.

Don’t rule out an arbor or gazebo simply because garden space is limited. These pieces can be relatively small and, at times, even attached to the house.