Pergola Designs and Placement Tips
Pergola designs are available in a variety of materials, and styles can
be simple or elaborate.
Outdoor pergolas can be attached to another
structure (such as a home), or they can be a free standing structure in
the garden or landscape.
Climbing vines, clinging plants, and hanging baskets filled with
flowers make beautiful accents for garden pergolas. Strategically
planted flowering plants and exotic climbing vines will cling to
as they grow.
They are elegant structures that complement outdoor weddings, parties,
and celebrations. Choose a pergola design based on the style of your
garden, home, and landscape.
Designs – What Are Your Choices?
This type is usually rectangular in shape and made out of wood. Wood
pergolas have clean lines, and are painted white or left the natural
wood color that will age with time.
Traditional pergolas are
old-fashioned and romantic, or rustic and warm.
Metal pergolas come in a variety of materials, such as steel, iron, and
copper. They require little maintenance, and do not need to be painted.
Metal pergolas are ideal for sectioning off areas in the yard or garden.
Vinyl pergolas are a low-maintenance, long-lasting landscape structure.
The vinyl material has the look of wood and the durability of metal.
Vinyl pergolas are available in many different styles. They can be
square, circular, or triangular (to fit into corners) in shape. Some
even have arched or gabled rafters. Vinyl pergola kits can be purchased
online or through home improvement stores. Custom designs are also
Garden Pergola Placement
Where you decide to place them
will depend on the structure of your
garden or landscape.
Follow these tips for choosing the best location:
- A small pergola can highlight the entrance and/or exit to
and from a garden or outdoor space.
- Incorporate a pergola into a deck, patio, or pool area.
- Place a pergola near an area used for socializing and
entertaining to add style and beauty to outdoor celebrations and events.
- Create shade in an area that receives a lot of bright
sunlight by installing a pergola with a shade or canopy over the top.
- Add interest and style to an area that is boring and drab.
- Place over a hot tub or spa.
How to Build a Pergola –
What Are Your Options?
be bought online or in stores; many are sold in ready-to-assemble kits.
Installation instructions should be included with any kit you purchase.
Small, simple designs are inexpensive to build, easy if you enjoy
Large outdoor pergolas are sturdy, long-lasting, permanent structures.
Unless you have experience in the construction industry, consider
having these structures built and installed by a professional
You can also search for free pergola designs, plans, and building tips
online if you want to learn how to build a pergola from scratch.