Carved out of yellow cedar, the intricate pattern on this front gate (which faces into the yard so it can be admired from the porch and garden) was inspired by a bench at a Mexican resort. The handsome wrought-iron latch complements the solidity of the design.
We've got abundant downed wood from our woods that can be repurposed into many wonderful things, such as fencing, garden posts, and something like this charming garden arbor. If you're using your arbor to grow and support grapevines, just be sure you bury your posts deep enough to bear the weight of the grown vines. Or just decorate it with lightweights like morning glories, clematis and nasturtium!
"Pleaching or plashing was common in gardens from the late Middle Ages until the 18th century. This technique is a kind of weaving of the branches of deciduous trees or shrubs to form a living fence. Sometimes branches woven together grow together, a natural grafting known as inosculation. Sir Walter Scott brought the technique back to popularity in England when he described such a fence in The Fortunes of Nigel."