You’ve Got Your Iron Gazebo But What Now? Some Decor and Landscaping Tips

It’s wonderful to have a sheltered, shady spot outdoors to enjoy a meal or just sit back and relax on a hot summer day. An iron gazebo can be a charming landscaping feature too. As a focal point they are extremely attractive and will add height to an otherwise flat looking garden. If you’ve just purchased or had an iron gazebo installed, you may need a bit of help personalising it and making it feel like part of your home.

Formal or Informal

Iron gazebos offer lots of decorating potential. To start you off, the most important decision to make is whether you’d like a formal or informal setting. This will ultimately be determined by what you’re going to use it for; elegant dinner parties or naps after you finishing mowing the lawn. Once you have a picture in mind, it will help you make other decisions about your plants and furniture. Wrought iron gazebos naturally lend themselves to formal, more elegant gardens. Although, in an informal setting with wild planting, they’re a great choice as they offer such strong structural support.

Plants

Hard-landscaping of any sort can often look bare until the plants go in. Here are some great climbing plants to make your gazebo blend seamlessly into the landscape: Climbing Roses, Evergreen Clematis, Wisteria, Vines, Ivy, or Jasmines. An iron gazebo looks great with traditional climbing roses or vines. Be sure to think about whether the plants will be North/South facing or against a wall, this could affect your decision. Consider when they flower and what they’ll be like seasonally. Finally find out whether the plants you choose are known to attract insects so you can rule them out. Though, perhaps you might like the idea of attracting butterflies.

Shelter

The more protection you have from the elements, the more you’ll be able to use your outdoor space, extending its use until well into the autumn. The addition of side covers will offer a lot more shelter from strong winds or rain. Curtains on the gazebo may not offer as much protection but will look amazing. They also offer you more flexibility than a completely closed structure with glass.

Traditionally a gazebo has a full roof, however many structures these days can be purchased as a frame thus giving you more options. At this point, if you don’t have a roof, you may want to consider some sort of roof cover or roof canopy. These can be purchased separately, once again, it depends on how you’d like to use the space.

Entranceway

A grand entrance is always important. Highlight the walkway to your iron gazebo so there’s a clear path to your outdoor room, using stepping stones or lighting. Decorate the doorway with hanging baskets, lanterns, a mat, planters to highlight it for a welcoming entrance.

Lighting

Assuming you’ve decided where to put your iron gazebo, you’ve probably thought about your power supply. This will determine the type of lighting you can go for (if any). If you’ve got an electricity supply to your structure then the sky’s the limit when it comes to lighting, it also gives you option to make full use of your gazebo at night, for parties, entertaining and dining. If not, don’t worry, there are lots of great outdoor light solutions these days, from battery operated candles that look just like the real thing – to solar power.

Inside

The interior of your iron gazebo of course depends on the space you’ve got, your existing furniture, and what you will primarily use the space for. Whether you’re fully enclosed or not will also limit your options. You can really enjoy this part; create a formal, elegant dining area under the stars or a relaxed, chill zone with low level seating, bean bags and outdoor rugs.

For an Event

You may have purchased your iron gazebo for an event. It’s always better to bring in benches, placed around the inside of your structure; they’ll provide a lot more seating. You can then put small tables in between; this will mean you’ll have plenty of room in the middle to get in and out. If you’ve got space you could include a centre-table or a feature hanging. The best materials to use when decorating gazebo for an event are light fabrics such as tulle, the rest of the d├ęcor will depend on your theme.

You’ve certainly got plenty think about after reading this post-gazebo-purchase guide. However you decide to use you iron gazebo – make sure you use it often.