Creative ways to add shade with a pergola

Are you lucky enough to have a classic pergola in your backyard? These beautiful awnings have a sculptural and architectural design that can help to celebrate a visual focal point in your backyard. Modern pergolas are available and returning to fashion, ranging from simple and contemporary designs to ornate, intricate and elegant designs. In addition, pergolas are very popular with gardeners because they showcase the beauty of plants. Here are ways to embellish your garden with the use of one and ways to improve your existing pergola.


Yes, pergolas were originally designed to add shade to your backyard. They block out some direct sunlight but allow most of it through. Pergolas as a single structure do not provide complete shading, although, there are ways to turn it into a functional and versatile design, allowing for many shading options.

Flowers: If you are a dab gardener or botanist, you may be able to work your magic to grow flowers for shade. Pergolas can also support other beautiful landscape design elements such as creeping flowers, vines and ivy. Plant these flowers and vines in the right places and they will go into the gazebo brackets and through the roof beams. Consider plants like wisteria, clematis, or even grapevines. You can also hang flower pots from beams. Imagine an expansive gazebo filled with climbing vines and bright flowers. In addition to adding vertical interest to your landscape, it can also provide a valuable visual link between your home and your garden.

Retractable Roof: If you don’t have the time, patience or expertise for the above - or cleverly want a more stable, functional and contemporary design - take a look at Louvretec’s retractable roof. This timeless design offers you total control over permitting or omitting sunlight in the harsh Australian sun. These motorised systems are the perfect way to make sure rain and sunburn never touch you again. When the barbecue is fired up and the drinks are flowing it’s easy to get caught out by dangerous rays or the drizzle may start right in the middle of the fun. You don’t have to worry about that any longer.

Low Maintenance & Lasting

If you want to create a garden you want to always be in, a pergola can be a perfect addition. While some options are more expensive than others, you can certainly find an affordable, beautiful, and durable pergola to suit your budget.

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