• DIY Project ~ A Simple Branch Arbor

    Posted on October 9, 2013 by in DIY home and garden craft projects, Recycled and repurposed items as garden art

    When you are pruning tree branches or taking down a tree, don’t haul all those branches to be cut up for the fire pit or fireplace – reuse them in your garden! Last summer, several large branches needed to be trimmed and I used them to make a simple arbor over our back gate. Now, I know this arbor won’t last forever, but it will last long enough or me to decide just what I want there permanently. One note is to use green limbs as they will bend more easily. Pre-drill guide holes and attach to your fence with wood screws. Fast, easy and inexpensive – my idea of the perfect garden project!

    In the pictures below you will see the arbor in its first summer sporting morning glory vines. This summer, I planted moonflower vine and purple hyacinth vines  (in large flower pots at the base of the arbor) and trained them up through the branches. They have bloomed all summer and now are producing seed pods that I will dry and save for planting next year.

    My daughter was inspired and used her large trimmings to construct arbors and shorter pieces as fencing to keep her dog out of the flowerbeds. (See the link at the end of this article.) So, as you are doing your annual clean-up in the yard, whether it is fall or spring, look at those branches to add character and utility to your garden.

    Hyacinth and moonflower vines trained over the branch arbor (year two).

    Hyacinth and moonflower vines trained over the branch arbor (year two).

     

     

    purple hyacinth vine seed pods

    purple hyacinth vine seed pods

    moonflower vine

    moonflower vine

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This year the Branch Arbor is planted with moonflower vine and purple hyacinth vine

    This year the Branch Arbor was planted with moonflower vine and purple hyacinth vine (shown in late June)

    planted baskets by the back gate

    planted baskets by the back gate ~ click to see the directions!

    striped morning glory vine

    striped morning glory vine

    striped morning glory growing up the arbor last summer

    striped morning glory growing up the arbor last summer

    vines are planted in large pots to keep our Labs from knocking into them!

    vines are planted in large pots to keep our Labs from knocking into them!

    Branch Arbor made last summer at the back gate

    Branch Arbor made last summer at the back gate

     

    Meg's Cottage

    Meg’s Cottage ~ click to see more branch arbors & fences!

     

     

6 Responses so far.

  1. That’s a very creative vine! I love moon vine, it smells wonderful!

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Leslie! The purple hyacinth vine bloomed a gorgeous purple in the day and the moonflower a lovely white in the evening through early morning. It was a great combination!
      Happy Fall!
      Barb

  2. Love this idea. Very nice addition to a gate entrance.

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, JoAnn ~ This did dress our back gate up a bit and didn’t cost anything , a good combination!
      Happy Fall!
      Barb

  3. Margo Reilly says:

    I love this…especially with your primitive garden gate….it is soooooo me

    • Barb says:

      Thanks, Margo! I thought the whole look came out nice and rustic too! Thanks for taking a peek and your nice comment today!
      Happy Fall!
      Barb

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