An empty arbor can look really stark in the backyard. Adding colorful flowers and plants in hanging baskets will soften and brighten the space. One rule to follow when choosing plants is to balance plants with some height with those of a cascading variety.
A pergola can be an attractive addition to your backyard and is a great way to add dappled shade when there are no trees. Chris Lambton from Going Yard demonstrates the steps for building a pergola: 1) Digging and pouring the footings. 2) Anchoring the posts to the footings and adding the joists. 3) Attaching stringers to connect the sides of the pergola and add your own style. The only design rule for a pergola is that you like it.