Garden gazebos make stunning and functional focal points. Design wise, they draw your eye down the garden and entice you to go and relax in them with a good book and a snack.
Is a gazebo is right for your garden design?
Much of your decision will come down to space. Gazebos do tend to be at least 2 metres wide. Yes, you can get them a little smaller than that, but they must be the right size so that they look good in proportion to their height.
As long as you choose a gazebo that is in proportion to your garden, it can make a very attractive addition, as well as being a useful place to store the garden furniture during winter months.
In tiny gardens, a 2-metre wide gazebo may dominate too much. I tend to choose where, and if, I should add a gazebo by first drawing in a circular seating area on my garden plan.
Once I’ve designed the lawn and main patio area, I am in a better position to judge space in any garden. If it looks like there’s room at the end of the garden, I’ll insert a circle to represent a gazebo for a secondary seating area. I also take into account the surrounding garden, its overall size and existing structures such as sheds and pergolas, before making a final decision.
If nothing else is vying for attention, I will often include a gazebo and mark it on my plan as a circle. The reason for the circle is twofold: Firstly, a gazebo needs a solid base to stand on. Secondly, it’s nice to make your gazebo into a feature – a circular brick edge with gravel or paving in it makes the area all the more attractive.
What type of gazebo should you choose?
First, look at the style of your garden and your budget. Gazebos, unfortunately, do tend to be quite expensive.
The open style gazebo is the least costly because it involves less timber and construction. Open gazebos look something like those open bandstands, but smaller.
You can really go to town on features and styling with gazebos including anything from copper roofs to shutters curtains, built-in seating and cushions.
The best value and prettiest ones I’ve found in the UK are from Scots of Thrapston with their wide variety of styles and colours to choose from. I’m sure there are many other types that you can buy so do your research online.
Where to buy gazebos online?
One company I’ve come across recently (though I’ve not actually purchased from them yet) is Greenfingers. They are a UK based company and occasionally have sales on some of their gazebos. They also have an excellent range of garden furniture and features.
They also have this very cute wicker gazebo that would look great in any cottage or natural style of garden. See more details here:
What’s the difference between a gazebo and a summer house?
I feel I should have come up with a witty punchline, but alas no. As far as I can tell there isn’t a great deal of difference between summerhouse and a gazebo except, perhaps, the shape. Most gazebos tend to be hexagonal. To me, summer houses are more like glorified sheds with windows, while gazebos seem to be more elegant in shape and design.
Is a gazebo worth the expense?
Think about how much you are likely to use it. If you’re someone who likes to read, write or paint in the garden, then a gazebo gives you opportunities to do so when the weather is not a hundred percent perfect – all the more so if you add electricity. Equally, if you never use it, a gazebo still makes a very attractive focal point in your garden.
From a design perspective, having a solid structure in between the planting areas, especially if it’s painted an attractive colour, visually breaks up the garden and creates added interest.
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