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Gardeners enjoy the shade created from a pergola on hot, sunny day -- and plants will, too. Use a pergola with a slatted roof and enjoy all of your favorite shade-loving plants.
Don't be afraid to be creative and let your pergola reflect your personal style! This example has a retro feel that makes it a fun gathering place -- day or night.
Test Garden Tip: This pergola features interesting lines, but a lot of its visual pop comes from colorful accessories, such as outdoor-friendly fabrics and container gardens. Decor is a great way to personalize your pergola.
While we typically see pergolas standing alone in the yard, they also work well with structures. Here, a rounded pergola makes an entry something special. The structure's non-traditional shape works well with the house, and the style fits the informal plantings.
Pergolas are perfect for creating little garden getaways. Here's a great example of how you can use a pergola to create an outdoor dining room. The cozy space features lighting, an easy-to-clean brick floor, and room for plenty of seating. It's all done over a simple brick-and-paver patio.
Adding the sound of running water is a sure way to make your pergola more of a relaxing retreat. Here, a stream runs underneath the structure. It adds ambiance but doesn't take up any of the pergola's space.
Here's a hint: If creating a stream like this is a bigger project than you'd like to take on, consider adding a tabletop fountain.
A pergola can be any size and shape you want. Though we tend to see them in squares and rectangles, you can create lots of visual interest by making other configurations, such as an L shape.
Garden lovers often love to pack plants in every bit of space they can. Put your pergola to use by hanging baskets from the top and growing vines up the posts.
Test Garden Tip: Make watering your baskets easy with a drip irrigation system. Simply run the tubing up one of your posts and along beams along the top. Drop emitters from the tubing into your baskets so the whole system is virtually invisible.
We often see elaborate pergolas that look at home in big, formal gardens. But with the right building materials, you can create rustic style, too. These rough-hewn logs look right at home in the woods -- no fancy details necessary!
Plant lovers appreciate the way pergolas show case vines. A sturdy pergola is the perfecta great place for a beautiful wisteria or jade vine -- or to grow grapes. The area under the vine's canopy makes a perfect shaded retreat, to boot.
Give your yard a sense of elegance and sophistication with a pergola that incorporates interesting architectural details. A slightly curved roof, shield on the front of the pergola, and capitals on top of the columns make the structure a focal point in the yard instead of just an accent.
Swings aren't just for porches or playgrounds! Add one to the beams of your pergola and give yourself a charming place to relax.
Here's a hint: Make sure your swing is attached to the sturdy, load-bearing beams instead of the rafters.
Nearly any garden space can host a pergola -- even a rooftop garden. If you want a pergola such as this, it just takes a little more planning. Be sure your rooftop can support the weight of the pergola -- and be sure your pergola is sturdy enough that the wind won't knock it down (or give it extra support by attaching it to the roof
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