Pergola / August 25, 2018 / JulietteHughes
Building a garden pergola can be a fun and rewarding experience but there are a few things you need to know before beginning this type of do it yourself project. If done right a wooden pergola just might be the most beautiful addition to your home garden. If you enjoy building things and take interest in experimenting with home improvement and gardening projects it is time you learn about various pergola designs and understand what they can do for your garden. What is a Pergola? If you have heard of pergolas but are still not quite certain of what they are let me offer you a brief description.
A pergola is a structure which creates a cool shaded and pleasant area beneath. Support columns run along the sides connecting to various types of latticed framework above. It is most common to leave the sides of the structure open while the top may be covered by a variety of plants or vines across the top. You can certainly train your plants to climb to the top of your pergola so choosing things such as roses grapes or jasmine are most appropriate. Climbing plants or vines are not a requirement however and choosing what you want your structure to look like will depend on your own personal likes. Professional pergola builders will often incorporate their structure into a trellis or gazebo offering even more accents to the garden.
Traditional pergolas can be transformed into modern style by replacing its roofing with transparent materials. There are several transparent materials which can be used as roofing such as Plexiglas sheets complete-transparent covers and glass panels. Plexiglas sheets can be used if you want protection from rain and direct sunlight without heating the sitting area of the pergola. Complete-transparent covers are used if you want to keep the traditional style of your pergola but still provide the protection you need from rain. On the other hand the glass panels can be used if your pergola is located in an open area without worrying about falling tree branches or fruits.