So, you think you’ve created the perfect garden, huh? After all, you’ve worked hard to make sure that each plant reaches its full potential, and you’ve got a wide assortment of colors. There’s nothing left to do, right?
If you want to truly finish off your garden, you need to add a pergola into the mix. Here’s what you need to know about them:
– They can be freestanding — or not
If you’re looking for something decorative AND functional that you can put smack-dab in the middle of your garden, a pergola is the perfect choice. Unlike other pieces, they don’t have to be connected to the side of your home to remain upright.
Of course, if you want to attach a pergola to your home, you can. Either way, though, you’ll wind up with something you can eat underneath, relax underneath, entertain guests underneath, and of course, show off your garden underneath!
– They work perfectly with plants
The vertical posts on an outdoor pergola are perfect for wrapping vines around. You can wrap vines around the beams on your lattice-styled top, too! You can also hang planters from the top, so that you have a complete garden oasis. And, if your pergola is made out of stained timber, it will add a “woodsy” feel to your entire back yard!
Best of all, though, incorporating plants into your pergola is a great way to show off all of the hard work you’ve been putting into your garden. Plus, having those plants in the mix will help keep you cooler on those hot afternoons!
– They let in more sun than your covered patio
Breathing in fresh air is a great way to give yourself a boost, and so is sitting underneath the warm rays of the sun. Luckily, an outdoor pergola allows you to do both!
Because the roof is shaped like a lattice, you can get some sun, without being completely exposed to the elements. Best of all, pergolas can be built at various angles. That way, you can choose exactly how much sun gets in on those bright afternoons! That’s a big difference from a covered patio — where you either have to choose from being in complete sunshine or complete shade.
– They’re perfect for star-gazing
If you’ve got an outdoor pergola, you’ve got the perfect place to entertain friends and look up at the stars! Sure, you can star-gaze in a plain ol’ open backyard, but a pergola makes the entire experience a whole lot cozier! After all, a good pergola will have a cozy bench, some comfy chairs, or even a classic swing underneath it. That way, you can snuggle up while you look for the Big Dipper.
– They’re classier than cover-ups
The makers of those roll-up porch covers claim that they’re a great way to extend your living space and entertain guests outdoors. However, they don’t look nearly as classy as a pergola does! A pergola makes it look like you gave considerable thought to your outdoor space — instead of simply buying something that rolls up and down like an afterthought.
– They can be as detailed as you want
Speaking of classy, what gives off more class than columns, arches, and other architectural details? Because they’re made out of timber, pergolas can be carved to match any style you want. So, if you want lots of intricate details, they’re easy to get!
– They can work with other backyard designs
If you’ve got a large space to work with, why not make your pergola the “entryway” to something like a large deck or an outdoor kitchen? That way, you get to make your outdoor space completely unique!
Sam Nathan is a freelance writer. His interests include finance, sports, travel and health.