Many times these terms are often used interchangeably, but trellises, arbors, and pergolas are distinctly different. A trellis is typically a latticework built to support climbing plants or vines. It can be a simple panel attached to the side of a building, or it can be freestanding in a garden or yard. An arbor usually incorporates a trellis into its structure, creating a tunnel-like passageway of climbing plants. Arbors have a continuous run of latticework from one side of the “tunnel” to the other, often in an arched shape. Pergolas, too, are designed to support climbing plants. Unlike arbors, though, pergolas simply have posts supporting a rooflike structure. They’re most commonly used to shade a walkway or a deck.
As a centerpiece or focal point to a job there is nothing better than an arbor or pergola. All of our arbors, pergolas and trellises are custom designed with an eye on proportion, style and elegance. We design these knowing that these will be what someone notices when they walk near it.