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Southern Inspirations Garden Design

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Southern Inspirations
Gazebos Make your Garden Splendour
Gazebos add magnificent and spectacular focal points in your garden. A few essential garden design principles can assist in choosing the correct one for your garden. Follow just a few simple steps and select the most suitable pergola for your home.

Don’t you wish you could have that special spot to relax and view your beautiful garden? Or maybe just a comfortable place to get away from everything? We have the answer. A Gazebo! Either placed in an elevated or sunken position. It will protect you from the sun and elements, you will then be able to enjoy more than human comfort.

Use of Gazebos

Gazebo Picture Gazebos are extremely versatile and can be used for lots of things. Just think about it … a tea party with friends, a cool drink on a hot sunny day, a romantic sun downer, a the summer morning breakfast or even that spectacular garden wedding idea!

Having a pergola in your garden is a no fuss way to easily create a visually attractive extra garden room. They are built to last. It will create that wonderful ambience for evening entertainment when it is lit up at night. It will also be a great place to relax and do some outdoor living under the shelter of the roof.

Evaluate you personal needs (short term and long term needs). Note these down as it will influence your final choice.

Garden Design Aspects

Gazebos are permanent structures and should therefore be placed in the correct position from the start. Their large size makes them only suitable for medium and large gardens. Their size also makes them one of the most dominant focal points in your gardens.

Balancing your Garden

Just the sheer size of a gazebo will have a large effect on the balance of your garden design. Remember that trees and shrubs will continue to grow for many years. The mature sizes of all these plants should be taken into consideration when balancing out the garden.

In a formal garden design a pergola will invariably be placed in the central axis of your design. In other gardens it could be balanced out by large trees or masses of vegetation. Remember that the pathway leading up to the structure could also influence the visual impact of the gazebo.

Take care and make sure you place it in the correct position. It is hard to move it over a few inches if wrong!

Style and Theme

Japanese Gazebo The very sight of your gazebo will be welcoming and inviting. What a great conversation starter. Everyone will enjoy the beauty of your garden and home.

The style of the gazebo should fit in with the style chosen for the home and garden. On this page we have placed pictures of an oriental style and Mediterranean style pergolas. There are many more styles to choose from, but these two pictures put emphasise on the need to select the correct style.

The theme of your home and garden will be incorporated into the gazebo by selecting the correct furniture and soft furnishings. It will help you match your home's interior design perfectly. Fabrics, colors and styles will also match and link.

Maintaining the Gazebo

Maintenance should also be taken into account before you have finalised your selection. Wooden structures do require regular treatment in order to preserve the wood. If you have selected a thatched roof, expect periodic repairs and possible replacement of the thatch every 10 years.

Metal structures could corrode and would require periodic cleaning and painting. This is particularly important in corrosive environments i.e. near the coast. Where plastic is to be used, make sure that it is UV proof.

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