A garden arbor can have many uses, it can offer more than just support for your plants. Once the plants starts to grow on the arbor not only will it make a great backdrop it can also provide shade to a garden bench for a little outdoor enjoyment. There a lots of varieties of climbing vines that can be employed if the branches are thin enough to train and move. Some of the most common vines that can be used will be hydrangea, ivy, and jasmine. To add add a sweet scent to the air consider planting wisteria or honeysuckle. It is also possible to plant climbing roses and train them to grow on the garden arbor.
Cedar and redwood can be a good choice to build the arbor plans along with a concrete pre mix to set in the post. To keep screws, bolts, and nails from rusting, be sure to employ galvanized. Some of the tools you will require will be a saw, drill, hammer, tape measure, level, and a ladder. These will be common tools many folks already own. If however you are building a more elaborate arbor more tools might be required.
If you are thinking about building the garden arbor yourself it wise to obtain some blueprints. Arbor plans can be found in do-it-yourself websites and books available at your local hardware store. There are numerous arbor plans available on the Internet and the majority of them can be found for free. The design you choose should be determined by your skills and tools you have available.
If you are building your own arbor, determine if you have all the tools required and what tools you might need to buy. Another consideration is time. The average arbor will take two days for completion of the project. If you do not have the time or are going to require tools, an arbor kit can be fast to set up with very basic tools.
Kits can be purchased at many home improvement centers or on line in many different designs. Redwood is a very typical wood used for arbors. If however you prefer metal there are many kits available in aluminum or iron. If iron is the metal of choice look for a hardened powder coat as it will add years to the durability of your arbor.