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Pergolas, arbours and arches can be used to divide a garden into ‘rooms’, create intimate seating areas in semi-shade, or provide beautiful walkways from which to enjoy your planting.

For traditional pergolas, oak is the material of choice being long-lasting and toning to a beautiful silver grey colour over time. Construction should include pegged mortise and tenon joints. More contemporary structures can employ a wide variety of hardwoods or metals, such as stainless steel, to provide clean lines and an architectural feel.

A pergola or arbour can either be left to stand alone as a feature, or provide support for a wide range of climbing plants.

A large oak pergola

A large oak structure provides a focal point for the dining area

Pergolas

Pergolas provide ideal semi-cover for a walk through the garden

Deck with pergola

A dining area on a silvered hardwood deck, below an oak pergola

Seating area

A pair of pergolas enhance this intimate garden

Traditional pergola

A pergola constructed using traditional methods, with braces and pegged joints

Pergola

Over time this pergola will provide a shaded walkway through the planting

Curved pergola

A curved corner pergola provides shade over a garden well

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