Thursday, August 27, 2009

Garden Architecture

Ever since we moved into our home, we've been adding architectural elements to give it more style and character. We've been doing the same with our yard and garden. We've bought and built simple structures to add character and height. They look beautiful from spring to fall surrounded by blooming vines and bushes. During the winter months when the yard and gardens are so gray and barren the structures give a charming visual interest and stand as a monuments to natures life and beauty.
A few years back we built this rose arbor using doors.
Then we added this trellis and door that leads into our vegetable garden.Recently we used scrap wood, found next to a dumpster, to build two seven foot tall obelisks. Once we figured out how to cut those pointed tops (thank you internet), they were a fairly easy build.
Son #3 painted them with a mis-tint exterior paint.
We placed them in our vegetable garden. They serve as tall, fancy tomato cages. There's only one problem---I want at least three more of these beauties!
Joy @ JOYSOFHOME

15 comments:

Cottagecheap said...

Oooh I want details pics of that door/arbor. I NEED it. :D

I will try to get pictures of the 'garden seat' built at our church garden...I NEED that too... and you might NEED one, as well! :D

bj said...

How cute..and, I know...ONE OR TWO is never enuf for me, either.

Darlene said...

WOW Joy I LOVE all of your garden architecture!! Those new tomato cages you built are WONDERFUL and I can see why you want more!!! I wish my hubby enjoyed building things like that!!

Gayle said...

Oh Joy! I've wanted one of those obelisks ever since we went to England/Scotland and saw them in the old gardens there - can you share the internet site where you learned about the fancy pointed cuts?

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

Such fun and inspirational ideas!!

Kat said...

Oh, I just LOVE the idea of using a door to lead to the vegetable garden! It's so pretty and whimsical.

the undomesticated wife said...

That's a great idea for your yard, and it keeps that stuff out of the landfill. Love that.

Joy said...

HERE'S ONE SITE THAT TELLS HOW TO BUILD A GARDEN OBELISK, BUT YOU CAN FIND SEVERAL OTHERS WITH DIFFERENT STYLES.

http://www.bhg.com/gardening/landscaping-projects/garden-structures/building-a-plant-obelisk/

Chanelle said...

I just love love love your charming backyard! Can you tell me what kind of roses the pink and red ones are? I had such bad luck with my climbing roses, I tore them all out.

Joy said...

Chanelle,
The white rose bush is an Iceberg(?) that blooms most of the summer. It does have a pinkish hue on the older blooms. I would highly recommend this rose bush!
I'm not sure what name of the red climber is, but it only blooms in the spring and then it's done. It's really not one that I would recommend because the rest of the summer it just looks like a thorny bush.

Sandy Toes said...

Everything is so very pretty!
sandy toe

Karen said...

My favorite are those really neat chairs! Karen

Lisa Shatzer said...

Wow, the photo of the red chairs with the roses makes my heart go pitter patter!!

Katie said...

You are awesome. I always look forward to your blog. I love your garden..

Jen said...

Ahhhhhh! I love it all!
♥ Jen

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