Thrifty Pergola and Arbor Finds
Another sprawler, the 'Eden' rose, grows on an iron pergola bought at a thrift store for $300. Some of the supports were rusted out, so Brigitte and Charles wired on the legs of an inexpensive canvas shade structure, creating the look of a pergola that would sell for $1,500 to $3,000. Brigitte also hauled home a few metal arbors she found at a Big Lots discount store for $15 each. "I painted them black, added rebar stakes, and tied wire around them," she says. "When they're covered with vines, you can't tell."
Shown: Pink 'Eden' roses climb the iron pergola that frames a knot garden of low variegated-boxwood (Buxus micro) hedges, with sword-shaped iris foliage surrounding a central urn, and a lone curry plant (Helichrysum angustifolium) at each corner.