Friday, November 25, 2011

Add Interest to Your Yard with a Pergola

Here's a charming example of how you can add a peaceful getaway in your yard. The pergola is tucked in among evergreens and other trees. The house shields it from view from the back.

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.

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.

A pergola doesn't need to be big and grand to be effective; it just needs to be used the right way. This simple pergola, outside a set of French doors, makes the transition from indoors to out in a stylish way.

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.

Use your pergola to get out of the sun or rain. Pergolas traditionally have open tops made of beams or laths. But this beautiful pergola, with its curved tin roof provides extra coverage (and style). Cover your pergola with virtually anything you like, depending on your style.

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.

Give any pergola a makeover with a set of curtains. Here, a black-and-white colour scheme blends well with the faded silvery-gray patina of the wood. The outdoor-friendly fabric is easy care, too.

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.

Have fun and make a statement with your pergola. This example creates a bit of privacy with an irregular pattern of glass blocks forming a partial wall. The holes allow gentle breezes to freely flow through and create interesting frames to look out at your landscape.

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!

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.

Pergolas look great in the landscape, but they can also be a great accessory for your home. This smart pergola, for example, adds a fun architectural detail to the house.

Swings aren't just for porches or playgrounds! Add one to the beams of your pergola and give yourself a charming place to relax.

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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