Pergola Design

Garden Pergolas are a wonderful way, not only to make your garden and outdoor living space far more inviting…


Garden pergolas are a wonderful way, not only to make your garden and outdoor living space far more inviting, but also a great way to improve the value of your home.  Although summer is a great time to enjoy your garden, the winter can be just as inviting with the right choice of design.  There are a wide range of pergolas available on the marketplace in a range of sizes to suit your needs, from freestanding to attached, patio to fire pit and barbeque area to secluded oasis of relaxation, there are so many great reasons to invest in something that will not only offer you shade and make your garden more attractive, but can with the right investment, dramatically increase the worth of your property which is always a good thing.

When you decide to build or buy a pergola for your garden there are some key elements that you will want to look at before making your decision and this will include, how much you wish to spend, where you want to locate your pergola, what type of construction material is best for your design and what shape and size is the best for your overall needs.

Pergola Materials

While many of the most popular pergolas are constructed from wood, this is not the only type of pergola available.  For an English garden design, you would be well served to look at wrought iron pergolas.  Vinyl and aluminium are also options but when it comes to wood, you will find that the material lends itself best to most garden landscapes.   When working with wood for outdoor garden features and structures, make sure that you have the wood pressure treated and where possible try to utilize wood that has a natural resistance to pests and rot such as cedar.  Not only is it an excellent quality wood, but it has the tendency to age well, keeping its looks for years to come.

Locating Your Pergola

Freestanding pergolas can be placed anywhere in the garden, but if your intention is to extend your back porch or patio area, then you may wish to consider an attached version.  Pergolas can also be used as walkways, entranceways and passageway features all around the garden.  Attaching a pergola to a pre-existing structure may require a little more research to ensure that the any growing plants and even the new structure doesn´t in any way impede the integrity of your home.

Providing adequate shade is what a pergola is really all about, so take into consideration where your pergola is located with regards to daylight sun and how much shade it produces at different times of the day.  The pergola cover may consist of material or vegetation and each will in turn provide its own unique degree of shade.

Size and Shape for the Perfect Garden Structures

Measuring out the space you want to use for your garden structure is vital.  Make sure that you are not overwhelming a specific area of your garden with a structure that is too large, but you also want to make sure that you make the most of the space that you have.  Many of the pergolas designs on the market today are square or rectangular, but there is no limit to the design styles that you can find if you are looking for something unique, from L-Shaped designed suited to corners of decks to round and hexagonal shaped designs.

As a garden focal point, your garden pergola design will create both an ambiance and a haven to retreat to when you need a little down time as well as a great area to invite your friends to enjoy your home and hospitality.