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 structure provides a focal point for the dining area
Pergolas provide ideal semi-cover for a walk through the garden
A dining area on a silvered hardwood deck, below an oak pergola
A pair of pergolas enhance this intimate garden
A pergola constructed using traditional methods, with braces and pegged joints
Over time this pergola will provide a shaded walkway through the planting
A curved corner pergola provides shade over a garden well