What is the Difference Between Trellises, Pergolas, and Arbors?

Are you thinking about adding something new to your outdoor property? Well, trellises, pergolas, and arbors are all structures you can put in your yard to add dimension and style. But each of these structures is unique, and it’s easy to mix them up. To decide what would be best for you and your yard, you’ll want to understand the differences between each: 


Are you looking to add a vertical element to your garden? A trellis is your best option. Simply put, a trellis is a wall piece with latticework that supports vines or flowers. The plants or vines can wrap around the open spaces in the trellis and adds a visually appealing vertical element to your garden. Trellises can be attached to fences, roofs, or exterior walls of your home.


If you’re more interested in getting some shade, a pergola is a great option. A pergola has columns supporting beams laid horizontally on top with open space in between the beams. Pergolas add visual appeal, some shade, and look great on patios, in gardens, and along pathways. They can be directly attached to a building to cover an open area or be freestanding over a seating area for some shade and a cool breeze. They can also be connected to trellises if you want to give a space for plants to grow through it.


Arbors are the best choice for you if you’re looking for something smaller to define an area or entry point. Arbors are typically much smaller than trellises or pergolas and are made up of latticework walls on the side and connected at the top with an arch. Arbors are meant to feel like a tunnel and can be placed along pathways and in gardens as a visual element. They also allow a place for plants to grow through.  

If you have any questions or are looking to incorporate any of these into your outdoor space, call Ambrosio Landscape Solutions at (203) 762-5167.

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