Pergolas – Add Beauty & Functionality to Your Garden

Want to ensure that your garden is the best on your block? There’s no surer way of doing that than by adding something as unique as a pergola to it. Pergolas provide an attractive base for vines, ivies and a wide variety of other climbing plants. This versatile garden feature offers a soothing shaded space for people to relax, and can be the center point of a beautiful garden or roof deck.

Also called arbor or arbour, a pergola is a garden feature that forms a shaded walkway, passageway or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice. As a type of gazebo, it may also be an extension of a building, or serve as protection for an open terrace or a link between pavilions.

Pergolas can be built from wood, stone, metal or wire, in different shapes & sizes. They can be thought of as a blank canvass for the plants they will support. Modern pergolas are at home in gardens, terraces and roof decks, and work well as a focal point for any landscaping design. By doing an internet search, you can find dozens of different pergola designs for building an arbor, an attached pergola, or an unattached one.

You can have any type of pergola design that you desire. The cheaper designs are of rectangular and square shape. These are easy to build, therefore do not cost as much as a circular design which is more difficult to build & therefore more expensive. Another option is to build a triangular pergola or a hexagonal pergola which is simple yet unique.

You can find lots of pergola ideas online that will help you build your own arbor so that you can save a bundle on construction costs. You will also find DIY pergola kits that will provide you with the materials and instructions for building. The structures can range from classical garden pergolas with white columns and intricate grid work overhead to very basic, open, and rustic outdoor pergolas. You will also find many designs for Oriental pergolas which will highlight an Asian garden.

By having an idea as to what are the various types of pergolas available, you’ll be able to easily determine which one will fit your garden and make your home a cut above the rest.

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