How to Enjoy Pergolas and Gazebos How to Enjoy Pergolas and Gazebos

Pergolas and gazebos are a wonderful way of creating a beautiful garden retreat and extending your outdoor living area. They can be located on a patio, decking, backyard, or any other suitable part of the garden.

In the late Victorian period, such structures were at the height of their popularity, but then enthusiasm waned. Now, thankfully, they have become two of the most popular shade structures and can be purchased in kits of all sizes or custom made to your requirements.


Pergolas and gazebos can be adapted to any setting and can be free standing or an extension of the house. They can provide valuable support for climbing roses, vines and a number of other plants. It is important to decide what your requirements are before you decide on an exact size and position. If you entertain regularly, you may want to site it near to your kitchen for ease of transporting food and crockery. This will obviously mean that more covered space will be required, than if you just want a feature for your garden that you can sit under occasionally.

You also need to consider the hours of sunlight the area will get throughout the day. A north-facing pergola will maximise the sun all year round. Make sure you position it away from trees and other shading structures to maximise the amount of sun. Once you have decided on the appropriate size and site, it is important to then check whether planning permission is required before progressing any further.


These structures were originally made from timber with a trellis and overhead climbing plants. There are now a number of different designs to choose from, which come in a variety of materials such as, wood, cedar, polycarbonate, steel, aluminium and wrought iron. Various roofing materials can offer more protection and thatched roofs can provide an exotic look. Lattice and timber trellises give a natural and colourful finish with dappled light, when climbers are weaved through. Alternatively, Pop-up and canvas gazebos are available, which are quick and easy to install.


Pergolas and gazebos have the same function, it is only the basic design and roof, which differ – Gazebos typically have six sides and a peaked roof, whereas a pergola has a flat roof and large joists that project beyond the support posts. Choosing a covered structure can add more security and allow you to store things inside, but make sure you include a door to allow sufficient airflow to pass through.

Pergolas and gazebos also have the advantage of offering wonderful scents. Fragrant roses, vines and flowering perennials can climb the supports of a formal rectangular pergola, offering a beautiful fragrance. Pergolas can also be used to line a straight or curved walkway, depending on the shape of your garden, allowing you and visitors to your home the chance to enjoy a colourful and fragrant stroll.

You do not need a large garden to enjoy the delights of these wonderful structures, even small gardens can benefit from a corner of shade or a delightful feature. Pots can be used to grow climbers and roses in yards, which have no flowerbeds.

Experimenting with different ideas will help you to discover the best scent combinations, colour schemes and shade cover. Once you have experienced the joy of a pergolas or gazebo, you will probably wonder what you did without it.

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