Pergolas, Arbors & Woodwork in Greensboro Landscapes

23 Mar

Pergolas are outdoor structures providing beautiful overheads or roofs for shade, vines, low-level lighting or outdoor ceiling fans constructed of wood, steel, iron or pipe creating intimacy. An arbor is smaller in size usually designed as an entryway feature within  landscapes.

The pergola below was custom designed around a stone patio in a circular form.


This pergola design worked with the homeowners round outdoor table. The pergola has 2 entry points leading to different parts of the garden.


The color of stain used on the pergola complimented the color of the existing garage and brick on the house. The pressure treated wood needs to dry out before the stain is applied. Remember that over time the intensity of the stain will fade in the sun. A darker stain can safely be applied and eventually come closer to matching the desired color.


This area would serve as the focal point of their garden.


Vines lines were attached on the pergola for clematis and pink mandavilla vines to creep up adding gorgeous color. The cottage garden design reflects the homeowners casual style.


Most pergolas and arbors within residential landscapes are constructed with pressure treated 4×4 posts. This is sufficient for the support needed. 6×6 wooden posts or steel are needed to carry the weight of Wisteria Vines (an example is the pergola on Biltmore Estates terrace garden in Asheville, NC). Post hole depth should be at least 20 inches and back filled with concrete for added strength. A jig saw tool was used to create scallops or the fancy cuts in the wood overhead. A simple structure can also be created within sawing the wood. Is all depends on the style of your landscapes and homes. A good height for your pergola is 8 to 10 feet depending on how you will be using your structure. I would recommend 10 feet if an outdoor ceiling fan will be installed. Once you have stained your pergola, vine line must be attached. I like to use plastic weed eater line and staple onto posts and overhead beams.

Create a beautiful outdoor pergola reflecting the style of your home and your personality to be enjoyed for years.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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5 responses to “Pergolas, Arbors & Woodwork in Greensboro Landscapes

  1. Rubell

    May 13, 2008 at 4:08 am

    Beautiful and creative idea!! Thanks…

  2. Tommy

    March 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    that turned out great Diana! i never got to see a finished picture.. great work and design!

  3. Paul

    April 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    This is a beautiful and carefully executed design. It is surprisingly hard to find a round pergola but this one is just lovely. I also love the vine wire suggestion. Great job.

  4. Doug

    April 28, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Interesting circular design, but I would’ve beefed up the posts. The top looks heavy compared to the spindly looking 4x4s. This always seems to be a problem with the pergola designs I’ve seen. Maybe it’s just me! 🙂

    Great job and the first ‘circle’ pergola I’ve seen.

    • Diana Gardner-Williams

      May 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

      Hi Doug,

      I completely agree with you on the posts. Because of budget restraints I opted for 4×4’s. With plant material crawling the posts, the intention was to hide them:)

      We can also come back later and add heavier details to the posts if needed.

      Thank you for visiting Doug and Happy Planting!


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