Catherine StewartPergolas

Pergolas are often a boring boxy affair with regularly spaced rafters, tacked on to the back of the house. These designs including circles, sweeping curves, radiating rafters and bespoke metalwork as well as using the shadow pattern for decorative effect, show they can be much, much more.

Look at using different weights and lengths of timber battening, making grid patterns, cladding posts, or setting the pergola very high to allow for cascading vines.

Above all, don’t under- engineer your design. Oversized posts and rafters will look better than spindly, undersized ones and if you’re adding a vine, you’ll need a very substantial pergola to support it. Vines like wisteria become extremely heavy as they age, and have brought many a pergola crashing down!

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Catherine Stewart

About Catherine Stewart

Award-winning garden journalist, blogger and photographer; writer for garden magazines and co-author of 'Waterwise Gardening'; landscape designer turned landscape design judge and critic; compulsive networker and lover of generally putting fingers in lots of pies. Particularly mud pies. Original creator of GardenDrum. South Coast NSW.

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