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.
Diana Gardner-Williams www.greensborogardens.wordpress.com
Landscape Design and Installation