Pergolas and Arbors – Shade Structures for Your Garden

April 2011

MostPergolas Outdoor Structures plants native to the Pacific Northwest don’t require direct sun exposure all the time. In fact, most species enjoy a little shade from time to time. As a homeowner, shade structures such as pergolas and arbors increase the number types of species of plants you can have in your garden and help reduce water waste. They also add aesthetic appeal to your yard and provide you and your family with a place to relax during a hot sunny day.

What are shade structures?
There are two main types – arbors and pergolas. Arbors are freestanding structures that usually frame a walkway or the entrance to a garden. Pergolas are also freestanding structures, but are usually bigger and used to cover outdoor seating areas. Both use lattice or open slats to provide a mixture of sun and shade and allow climbing plants a place to grow.

What are the benefits of shade structures?
First and foremost, shade structures add a beautiful aesthetic appeal to your yard or garden. Larger pergolas offer a cool, shady place to relax during a warm day, while arbors add a quaint, welcoming atmosphere to a flower or vegetable garden. When used over gardens, shade structures cut down on sun exposure, meaning you use less water to keep your plants healthy. Shade structures also support many climbing plants, including clematis, berries, beans, and climbing roses.

Not sure what type of shade structure is best for your yard or garden? Call a professional Portland or Beaverton landscaper today to discuss your options.

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