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Pergola Perfection

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Adding a feature to your garden or courtyard might include building a pergola. By definition a pergola is a structure or archway with a framework covered in climbing or trailing plants. It consists of posts and beams but no walls or roof. Freestanding or attached to your home, a pergola is usually designed to be a shaded walkway or relaxation area. A gazebo, on the other hand, is a free standing structure with a peaked roof, an open framework and a proper roof.

Building Considerations:

· Any feature or point of interest in your garden should still blend with the style or your home. Take time to research your pergola design.

· Council approval and/or permits should be obtained before work begins.

· Ensure the building materials are suitable for outdoor use. Metal pergolas are now available.

· A pergola must be built to withstand the elements. For example, bolts and screws should be used instead of nails to ensure the long term strength and safety of the structure.

· Pergola kits are available, however, unless you are an experienced and capable handyman consider using the services of an experienced builder.

· Always ask to see a builders credential and try to view any examples of their work if possible.


There are a huge range of plants to choose from when it comes time to covering your new pergola. Climbing roses are popular in cottage style gardens or for green thumbs wanting an explosion of beautiful colour. Certain roses can be very fast growing too which may appeal to some.

Vines are the perfect choice for modern designs and for pergolas attached to or close to homes. They provide shade in summer but let the light in over winter when they are without their large leaves. Vines also provide a stunning array of red colour over autumn before their leaves drop. Seek recommendations from your local nursery if you are undecided.

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