Installing a pergola in your garden

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Installing a pergola in your garden

As spring slowly approaches, you might be considering how to make the most of your outside space. Updating your garden often involves enhancing the overall aesthetic as well as transforming it into a place of relaxation and enjoyment.

A pergola is a popular choice for those looking to create a design feature that offers a shady retreat that looks great. If you’re considering make a pergola a new addition to your garden, there are few aspects you might want to explore before you begin.

What is a pergola?

Essentially an architectural structure that provides shade and protection form the sun, a pergola features a canopy and columns. Usually consisting of vertical posts and an open lattice roof, a pergola can be large or small to fit your garden space.

A pergola can be used as an entertaining area or somewhere to simply relax and enjoy the evening sun. You might choose to add furniture under your pergola to create a versatile seating area.

Planning your pergola

Before installing your pergola, you’ll need to consider its location. Think about which parts of your garden get the sun and at what times to make the most of your new addition. You might also want to think about the current features of your garden and how they might be affected.

Choose your materials carefully and select ones that will withstand exposure to the elements. Good quality timber or aluminium are ideal choices. The colour is important too as it should blend nicely with your existing style and garden design.

Decorating your pergola

Enhance the look of your chosen pergola by adding climbing plants such as wisteria, jasmine, or roses and always make sure to protect your hands by wearing good quality work gloves to avoid injuries from thorns. As well as enhancing the visual look, these types of plants can create a private canopy, providing a sense of seclusion.

You could also include some hanging plants and baskets around the structure to add a splash of colour.

Add lighting such as fairly lights, festoon lamps or lanterns to create a soft glow in the evenings. Soft furnishings such as cushions, throws and blankets can also make a cosy and welcoming ambience.

Adding value to your garden and your property

A well-designed, quality pergola can add significant value to both your garden and your property. As well as creating an attractive focal point, it can also increase kerb appeal, should you wish to sell your home in the future.

Pergolas are a versatile way of updating your garden space and can offer a stunning retreat for those long, spring and summer evenings.