Pergolas are used for providing shade and supporting vines that cover them and provide protection from the sun. The choices in pergola design are numerous and picking the right design for your yard is important. Your pergola could be freestanding or it could be attached to another structure, like your home, for providing shelter from the elements.
Pergolas have always been a popular feature in English and Italian gardens and are always lovely yet functional additions to any garden. Some pergola designs involve intricate latticework, while others are a bit more simplistic in design.
There are a number of pergola designs available today and you can match yours to your yard’s existing style and function. It could be a simple rectangle or square shape, or you could choose octagonal, an Asian style design, or any shape or size that suits your yard and landscape design.
For increasing the shade that your pergola provides or just to enhance the beauty of your pergola, you could plant some type of climbing plants, like ivy, at the base of the pergola. In one or two growing seasons, your climbing vines will impart a pleasing natural green look to your pergola and deliver more shade.
No matter what design you choose, you will just love the look and functionality of your pergola. It will bring you and your family many years of shade and beauty.