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Creating Shade with Your Pergola

A pergola in the garden can be a design feature but can also introduce a great deal of shade too which makes it the ideal structure for outdoor entert...

 

A pergola in the garden can be a design feature but can also introduce a great deal of shade too which makes it the ideal structure for outdoor entertainment areas or around a swimming pool.  The structure of the design is composed of a latticework of beams and posts that is open on top and there are various ways that you can create shade cover over the top.

Growing Vine Plants over Your Pergola

Plants are by far the most popular method to create shade over your pergola.  The most popular climbing plants used include grapevines and bougainvillea, but there are a range of other great vines and climbing plants that can be used.  Not only will some of them create foliage but can also produce flowers and fruit offering a wonderfully scented area to relax under.  The other advantages of growing plants over your pergola include that you do not entirely block out the sunlight and the overall look blends well into the garden setting.

Instant Shade with Retractable Canvas Awnings

Some of the more modern designs these days can create instant shade by means of a retractable awning.  These come in a range of colours to suit your garden design and the awning can quickly and easily be taken down for cleaning and repair should the need arise.  You can install this system with either a manual pulley or with a motorized rotor and the advantage of this system is that you can use it to protect you from light showers too, so it is useful both on good and slightly bad weather days.

Other great options for creating shade include sheets of bamboo or cane which are great for allowing a lot of light through whilst protecting against direct sunlight.  As bamboo and cane are both sustainably grown and are very cost effective you won´t have to worry about the cost of replacing them every few years.