Pergola Featured on 'Love Your Garden' TV Programme

Shade can be a very important element in garden design. It's also fairly essential if we have a repeat of the recent hot spell. Somewhere to relax in comfort, away from the intense sun.

Created by Martyn Loach on Thursday, 8th of August, 2013.
Updated on Friday, 9th of August, 2013.


Garden Pergolas Provide Shade

You may have seen a recent episode of Alan Titchmarsh's new series 'Love Your Garden'. Shade played an important role, due to the featured family's children having a medical condition that meant they could not play in bright sunlight.

The garden design guru solved this problem by building a pergola (or more accurately, instructing a gang of men to construct the pergola he had suggested).

A corridor of dappled shade was the result, in which the children could happily run around.

Create Shade with a Pergola

Pergolas are a fantastic way to introduce shade and they range from rustic timber to a plethora of more contemporary designs.

They are simple structures consisting of vertical posts supporting cross beams and combine architectural elegance with functionality.

Freestanding to create an area of protection from the harsh glare of direct sunlight, or attached to the house, they can form a link to another part of the garden or focal point.

A pergola also adds height and can be an excellent way to support climbing plants.

Traditional and Contemporary

All the major manufacturers of timber garden structures including Rowlinson, M&M, Forest and Grange, have pergolas to suit every location. Click here to see manufactured garden pergolas

The wood is pressure treated to ensure rot resistance and from simple arches, pergolas can range greatly in length and style.

In addition to those designed to create a corridor, there are radial versions that fan out from a corner and circular ones.

Others have shaped, domed or rounded arches. There's a pagoda inspired pergola and even one called 'The Pod' that featured in an earlier 'Love Your Garden'.

A decking kit can be included for a seating area, alternatively slabs or gravel may be laid for a path.

Pergola Planting

Planting isn't as difficult as you may think. Above can be a canopy of roses with their stems trained up and over the timber, other good choices would be a clematis, honeysuckle, wisteria or jasmine. They can be helped on their way with a side trellis.

Below there's a wide selection of plants that enjoy dappled shade.

Hardy geraniums do well in partial shade, also think about the three h's - Hydrangea, Heuchera and Hosta. The fragrant Mahonia and aromatic Skimmia also prefer these conditions together with perennials Dicentra and Ligularia.  

Where Can I Get A Garden Pergola From?

Most garden centres stock Pergolas or you can go online to buy one and get it delivered to your home. Click Here to see a wide selection of Garden Pergolas For Sale

Related Articles

Zest 4 Leisure Introduce New Products For 2018

Zest 4 Leisure Introduce New Products For 2018

Zest 4 Leisure have always offered a popular range of timber garden furniture and this week at GLEE, the garden industry's leading trade show, David Coton had the opportunity to review their new products for 2018.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 13th of September, 2017.

GardenSite Donates Products To Love Your Garden

GardenSite Donates Products To Love Your Garden

Many of you will have seen the latest episode of the popular ITV series 'Love Your Garden', but did you spot the three items that Robert Hall from GardenSite donated to help transform a Salford garden from wasteland to English cottage garden?

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Thursday, 6th of July, 2017.

Television Gardening Programmes Planned For 2017

Television Gardening Programmes Planned For 2017

They'll be no shortage of gardening programmes on TV next year with several old favourites returning and also some new series. Andy Taylor has been finding out what's planned for 2017.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Tuesday, 8th of November, 2016.

David Coton Visits Forest Timber Garden Products

David Coton Visits Forest Timber Garden Products

Forest are one of GardenSite's major suppliers of timber sheds and garden structures, fencing and associated landscaping products. One of our partners, David Coton, last week enjoyed a visit to their headquarters and transport hub at Hartlebury near Kidderminster.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Sunday, 30th of October, 2016.

comments powered by Disqus

RSS

View RSS Feed

Author

Martyn Loach

Editor in Chief

View Profile

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

What To Do In The Garden In January

What To Do In The Garden In January

Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Friday, 29th of December, 2017.

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Arthur Terry Winter Concert

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Arthur Terry Winter Concert

Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 21st of December, 2017.

New Street Station Christmas Tree And Selfie Competition

New Street Station Christmas Tree And Selfie Competition

It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 19th of December, 2017.

Garden Storm Damage And What You Should Know

Garden Storm Damage And What You Should Know

With Storm Caroline reeking havoc many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Thursday, 7th of December, 2017.