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Potomac Garden Design Elegance | Arbors, Pergolas, and Trellises

Nov 7, 2013 | Patios

Potomac, MD

Gardens are a way to connect your home with nature. The plants and flowers you choose for your garden can transform your front, side, or back yards into a colorful getaway, or a tranquil jungle. Fences, walls, arbors, and pergolas can create a focal point, or accent your garden design plans. Anyone one of these features provides the opportunity to grow and enjoy a variety of climbing plants such as clematis, wisteria, jasmine, and/or climbing roses; as well as vine plants such as Boston, Devil’s and English ivy and Dutchman’s pipe; which draw the eye up and around whatever they are clinging to, bringing attention to your garden fixtures.



Arbors are arched frameworks that usually sit at the entrance to a garden. They are usually tall structures with a hollow middle walkway and an openwork design. Some designers opt to include a bench, allowing the arbor to become a shady haven in the garden.



Similar to arbors, pergolas are more architectural in design, exhibiting masonry-styled columns, and open tops.



Trellises were a key element in Renaissance gardens and continued in popularity through the eighteenth century and can lend an air of magic and mystery to your garden.


If you want to turn your garden into an oasis; a beautiful getaway that is abundant in natural beauty as well as planned elegance, Johnson’s Landscaping Service can work with you. During our five step design process, we ensure that we understand what you want in your finished product, and we strive to bring your vision to life.


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About the Author

Matt Johnson grew up in a family of landscapers and gardeners as the grandson of Raymond Johnson (Founder, 1933, Johnson's Florist and Garden Center) and son of James and Carol Johnson (Founders, 1960, Johnson's Landscaping Service, Inc.). Since 2007, he has led Johnson's Landscaping Service with his brother, Charlie.  Matt and his wife Jaime live in Petworth in Northwest DC with their 3 sons and 2 big dogs.

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