Arbour / Screen / Barrier

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Project by Al_PG posted 06-15-2011 09:05 AM 2999 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to make something so no one falls off the edge of the wall and saw a picture on-line of a small arbour / trellis that provided some inspiration to make these, I think it was from Wood Magazine. They are about 7 feet high and 6 feet wide at the bottom, the 4×4 posts are about 4.5 feet deep. Made with treated 4×4 and regular 2×4 primed and painted white, with ½” copper pipe in the middle, all glued with outdoor / waterproof glue and screwed. I then planted Clematis under them that have already started to grow nicely up and around the copper pipe. Comments and critiques welcome.

-- Alan - Prince George

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posted 06-15-2011 03:34 PM

I really like the look. Nice and simple. The clematis will work well on the copper tubing. I see you left a space between the firepit and the trellis. Good thinking.

I’m playing with an idea, something like yours, but also incorporating a window ( and maybe a window box) between my new neighbour’s property. I like the overhanging part on yours because then I could grow some really thick vine. Where I am putting it, I think, would not have enough sunlight for clematis, so I’ll have to find something else. Of course, we could put hanging pots on the edges as well, like you’ve done. Still very much in the idea stage here though.

Nice work. Thanks for sharing.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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hardiness zone 7a

posted 06-15-2011 05:56 PM

I’ve worked with copper quite a bit, both in pipe and in sheet form quite, and love it, wish I had more in my garden areas. Really love your use of it here; nice and clean looking.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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posted 06-15-2011 08:54 PM

Wonderful and creative. You have done a mammoth job here, and very attractive.

Your arbors are so attractive. The only concern I would have, would be whether the clematis is going to grow there. It appears to be very open, hot and dry. If clematis don’t flourish, you could try roses. The roses would be very attractive and would serve as a definate barrier.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-16-2011 04:17 AM

that “edge” is scary

what a great way to create a safety barrier…very artistic design.
Beautiful job!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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hardiness zone 3

posted 06-16-2011 07:17 AM

Thanks for the comments. Iris you might be right about the clematis, but I’ve never planted it before and wanted to give it a try. I was thinking of doing roses for the other part of the wall next year and maybe we will have to replace the clematis as well. Planting some really fragrant roses there would be really nice because that is the spot we sit when eating outside.

-- Alan - Prince George

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hardiness zone 5b

posted 06-16-2011 08:18 AM

Nice addition to your yard, Al, functional and lovely.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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hardiness zone 8

posted 06-16-2011 06:23 PM

Very simple yet elegant! Some really nice ideas flowing from this site these days, that is for sure!

-- Steve, Vancouver, WA

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posted 06-17-2011 11:38 AM

Very nice Al.I really like the new look it gives your yard.Well done.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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hardiness zone 9b

posted 06-19-2011 11:10 AM

I love it!! looks Asian/Zen like :-)

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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