Living gazebos

Living gazebos

Living gazebos in any garden look absolutely stunning! The main feature is that they consist mainly of living plants, occasionally fixed on a special frame. Moreover, the frame itself for them needs light, thin, but durable, which is why even a thin metal wire is quite suitable as a material for this purpose. Therefore, something similar, of a conceived design, can be done by any person with his own hands. In short, living gazebos are the realization of your most unimaginable projects!

Today, gazebos of this type of various shapes and concepts are being built, if only the plants themselves could linger on all this. And they, in turn, are of three main types: weaving, creeping and clinging. Depending on what you want to see, you must also choose the right type of plant or shrub. Another popular option for living gazebos is to use existing plants, for example, tying their crowns together to create a dome, or pre-planting them according to a special pattern.

The easiest option is to choose a ready-made gazebo you like and repeat its concept. And you will surely be very surprised by the moment that living gazebos do not necessarily have to look like simple and shaggy bushes of huge sizes. Not at all! With a creative approach, you can organize real labyrinths in the garden, miniature houses for gnomes, huts for children, and even a kind of hanging gardens.

It is enough just to use additional elements such as a pergola, trellis or trellis to create landscape compositions amazing in their design. In addition, they often like to build living gazebos in the form of fantastic huge animals: a hairy spider, a lion's mouth and the like:

Another important advantage of living gazebos is that in such a garden you use as little foreign materials as possible, which are not only unusual among the greenery, but also short-lived. But gazebos made of plants are so organic in any garden that they do not conflict with any of the styles. And, finally, only such a gazebo gives a pleasant damp coolness in any weather. It rests both the soul and the body, and just a couple of stylistic touches and bright designer accessories turns such a gazebo into a real art object.

And the choice of certain climbing plants for a living gazebo depends on what you want to see on your site in a year or two. So, if you have built a sufficiently strong and tenacious frame, you can plant annual plants that will delight you with their lush color in spring, or be patient and plant perennials, caring for which, you will get a gazebo of incredible beauty, albeit after 2-3 years. Or give preference to evergreens, which will allow the gazebo not to lose its shape and attractiveness even in winter. Evenings in a lively gazebo turn out to be especially enchanting, if lamps were installed in it.

Moreover, it is not at all necessary that a living gazebo should be of any standard form. Even if you are building for the first time, immediately create something impressive, asymmetrical, areal, and perhaps even frightening. After all, a living gazebo is designed to amaze and delight. And even a child can tie a couple of bushes at the top of the head - this is not serious.

Build such a living gazebo so that it becomes a real oasis for the soul! Or even several at once, turning them into a real garden labyrinth with passages, arched passages and benches, from which a single landscape and architectural ensemble will turn out. Do not be afraid to take risks and experiment, because plants are a living, malleable material, and if necessary, their growth will not be difficult to redirect in the other direction, which, for example, cannot be done with a stone or brick.

Please also note: when purchasing seedlings for the necessary plants, consult the seller, because some plants actively grow in the sun, others like shade, and if you change such places, the result may be the most unexpected. When creating a rather complex structure, we advise you to contact a professional gardener - he will tell you what you can do and how. Also, carefully study the articles of our site - there is just a storehouse of useful tips!

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11 best perennial vines for arches, pergolas and gazebos

Decorating a garden with perennial vines will never go out of style. These plants are incredibly flexible and able to conquer any space. The choice of climbing, climbing, leaning and clinging vines is quite wide, even for gardeners in the middle lane (let alone the southern regions!). They are easy to decorate fences, cover unsightly buildings. These plants can decorate arches, trellises and pergolas - in general, they are actively involved in the vertical gardening of the site. Consider the most advantageous varieties of perennial vines for summer cottages.

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Suburban functional zoning - Rehouz

Any living space, whether it be an apartment, a house or a whole estate, is divided into interconnected territories that meet different needs.

Functional zoning of the site

A reasonably zoned plot is a separate, self-sufficient world where work and rest, beauty and benefit coexist. Most often, it consists of the following territories:

  • the entrance (lobby, front) part is the "business card" of the estate, its presentation, so to speak.
  • The recreation area is the "heart" of the site, a tastefully arranged place where households get together and receive guests.
  • Gardening zone. If the owners of the plot are passionate gardeners, this part is much larger than the others and reaches 80% of the plot area.
  • The Flower Zone - organized by those who like to tinker with roses or hyacinths, are interested in varieties, experiment with novelties of breeding.
  • The ecological zone is a fashionable feature of modern garden design. This is an untouched corner of local nature - a piece of forest, a field, a body of water.
  • Sports area. Its dimensions depend on the preferences of the owners, so the playground can consist of a mini-field for playing football or a tennis court, or a patch with a horizontal bar and a basketball basket mounted on a pole.
  • Playground - they equip a sandbox here, hang up a swing, put up a "teremok" and other children's joys.
  • An economic zone is a site that performs the necessary utilitarian functions. It has a shower, toilet, shed, compost pit, and other outbuildings.

Exit, it is also the front area of ​​the site

Its main feature is elegance, presentability. Therefore, it is important that the exit zone is not obscured by a solid fence - your "business card" should be visible from afar.
The front area is preceded by a wicket and a gate for cars, immediately behind which they will equip an area, an open or under awnings, a parking lot, and sometimes a full-fledged garage.
The gate and the house are connected by a cobbled, fairly wide alley, framing it with borders of flowers or decorative bushes. It happens that the bushes are planted on the outside of the site, forming a low hedge out of them.

Front area of ​​the site

The front gardens make this most representative area especially colorful. Namely, those in which low bushes with colorful leaves, as well as wild dwarf trees are in harmony with cultivated flowers and lush perennials.
In general, the vestibule is impossible without plants. Their number varies depending on the area of ​​the site. If it is very small, use flowers and ornamental shrubs growing in containers, pots or pots. They are placed along the alley, on the porch of the house, and hung on the pediment.

Despite the fact that the front area is one of the smallest and, most often, does not exceed 6% of the total area of ​​the site, it should be catchy, impressive, since this is the "face" of your site.

Recreation and reception area

This is a terrace with arranged garden furniture, a patio or a gazebo, a barbecue area, a barbecue fireplace, in general - a cozy, comfortable place for receiving guests, dining in the air, picnics.

Patio at the summer cottage

Naturally, this area should be away from the main path and especially from parking lots, as well as from the main entrance to the house. Most often, the recreation area is set up in the backyard - "in the rear" of the house. It occupies from 10 to 15% of the area of ​​the site.

Gardening zone

In most cases, even decorative plantings are not complete without a couple of fruit trees and a garden with spicy herbs. You don't have to be a gardener to introduce these “sacred” elements of country life into the surrounding landscape.

Garden zone at their summer cottage

Of course, the place for fruit and vegetable crops should not be darkened. The tallest trees are planted on the northern side of the plot, and, for example, berries are planted in sunny places.

Flower garden area

The flower zone can become a "highlight" of the site.
When choosing a place for your favorite plants, they take into account the needs of each species, its height, the originality of the leaves, the phases of development, and the time of flowering. An ideal flower garden should look like a delightfully harmonious ensemble consisting of "tops", "dry streams", "balls" of succulents, "islands" of host and other components.

Flower garden

If the site is uneven, rocky, an alpine slide or rockery will be a "saving" option.

Active recreation area

Its creation depends entirely on the athleticism of the owners and the size of the site.
Compact playing field, exercise equipment for workout, bars, horizontal bars - you can mount anything you want, if the territory allows.

Economic zone

A summer shower or a bathhouse, sheds, a workshop, a shed with firewood, a compost pit, garbage containers, and sometimes a garage are "deployed" in the household section of the site.
The economic zone is planned so that it would be possible to drive up to it and bring, for example, building materials, fertilizers, without using ceremonial gate.


You can separate the economic zone from the rest with the help of a wide arsenal of borders - curly flowers on trellises, trellises with grapes, green hedges, trees, gabions, decorative wattle fences, etc.

Where does the zoning of the site begin?

From the drawing of the territory!
Apply existing buildings and objects to it, mark the sunny and northern sides, the presence of hillocks or depressions.

Site plan (12 acres). A. Entry zone: main gate, parking lot, coniferous garden, flower garden. B. Economic zone: utility area, vegetable garden, sauna with terrace, shower, toilet and storage room. B. Living area: house, terrace, garden of flowers and ground cover. D. Landscape area: playground, decorative pond, rock garden, bridge, resting place in the shade, barbecue area.

The center of any site is a house, and one should start from it, creating various functional zones. In this case, not only the entrances and exits are necessarily taken into account, but also the location of the windows, the intensity of the shadow that the house casts on one side of the site.

To save space, it is allowed to combine some zones into one space: for example, a resting place can be combined with a playground, a sports corner with a nursery. On the other hand, you shouldn't combine a recreation area with outbuildings.

The next step is to choose a landscape design style that will tie together all the areas of your site. The main criterion for this choice is again a house: all objects and areas of the site, small architectural forms and decorative elements must correspond to the style of the house, at least not to contradict its exterior.

Think: which zones you definitely can't do without, and which ones are optional. And only then proceed to the initial planning stage - on paper.
Draw the contours of future zones, places of green spaces, taking into account such factors as the presence of access roads, electrical supports, the amount of sunlight and shade. Most likely, you will have to redraw the zoning sketch several times, but, alas, you cannot do without it.

What else do you need to consider when planning functional areas?
The distance of each of the future zones directly to the house should be optimal: for a recreation area closer, for sports grounds further away, for a vegetable garden and utility structures - as far away as possible.

So that the site does not suffer from a deficit of sunlight, it is better to concentrate all buildings in its western, northern and northwestern parts.

The east side is the best place for a common recreation area, lawn, flowers and low bushes.
In the southern part of the site, the tallest, shady trees are appropriate, giving coolness in summer.
In the northern part, trees and bushes with dense foliage and dense crowns can be planted - they will prevent cold winds.

Methods for zoning a summer cottage

Hedges are the most popular method of dividing a site into functional areas. And all because of the shrubs of various heights and shapes, you can create a completely different fence suitable for any landscape style: moderately dense, sufficiently high or low, neatly trimmed, or vice versa, giving off natural "wildness".

Hedge zoning

Most often, a hedge separates the economic zone from the house and other plots. For its formation, local shrubs (barberry, viburnum, juniper, cotoneaster, hawthorn), exotic (sakura, thuja, almonds, Japanese quince), tall flowers (sunflowers, berry, castor oil), traditional, beautifully flowering plants (lilac, forsythia, felt cherry).

Tapestries, arches, trellises, pergolas are another, exquisite way to divide the local area into segments. Such openwork structures will add romance to the site, with their help it is easy to create secluded, dreamy corners.

Garden arch

Supports, trellises and arches are planted with perennial, flowering vines, ivy, wisteria, climbing rose, clematis, as well as creeping berry crops - grapes, actinidia, lemongrass.

Height differences and terraces

Most of all, this principle of zoning is suitable for a site with a hilly relief - where natural irregularities already exist. Deepening them or slightly raising them, you can not only divide the site into zones, but also create original decorative accents, for example: flower beds, "swamp" flower beds, steps, an artificial cascade reservoir.

Steps in the garden

Gabion constructions

Wire mesh boxes filled with small stones are an effective means of demarcating an area. In addition, zoning using similar, modular cells is a fairly budgetary way.

Gabion fence

Gabions can be used to protect the economic zone from the house and garden, to disguise a compost pit, garbage containers, and a toilet with them.

Gabions in landscape design

Marking with tracks

This method of land surveying is the simplest, inexpensive and feasible for any landowner. It is also good because it connects the site into a single route common to all functional areas.What should be considered?
Purpose and load of alleys and paths. In particular, the walking path from the gate to the house is laid out with colored paving slabs or curly paving stones, and the path for cars is laid with reinforced slabs or concrete.

The rest of the paths can be covered with pebbles, sand, wooden blocks, mosaics can be made rounded, in the form of steps, with gaps ... That is, you can use all the resources of your own imagination and artistic taste.

The winding paths, each turn of which opens up a new view of the landscape, visually increase the area of ​​the site, add perspective to it.

Practice convinces: to correctly design a site, dividing it into the required number of zones, it is possible in any case, for any area, the originality of the relief and soil characteristics!

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