Made for Shade: Stylish Gazebos, Canopies, and Pergolas
Summer means spending a lot more time outdoors and having a little fun in the sun. But if you’re spending any length of time outdoors during steamy summer days, you’ll probably want some shade to get a break from the heat.
Deck, patio, and table umbrellas are a simple option, but if you’re looking for something more permanent to add both shade and style to your backyard, consider a gazebo or pergola. Check out these stylish structures for ideas.
Gazebos come in all different sizes and materials and are the perfect structure to add beauty, shade, and seating to your backyard. Many come with built-in benches for seating, although many homeowners will furnish with outdoor furniture. Since they can stay up year-round, they become a permanent fixture in your backyard.
Left: Set in the middle of a private grove, this large gazebo features a red tiled roof and has an ornate architectural style. Boulder accents and beautiful landscaping give this pool a natural look, while the bridge adds charm to the entire poolscape.
Photo courtesy of Geremia Pools, Inc.; photography by Dick Hinkley
Portable Gazebos with Canopies
Portable gazebos with canopies are a great way to provide shade and create an outdoor room. These can be set up and taken down seasonally or left up year-round. They can be anchored to your lawn or bolted to your deck or concrete slab, making them a versatile option for any backyard.
Add an outdoor area rug, a weatherproof living room set, and a few planters, and the entire space becomes its own relaxation spot.
Left: This gazebo's Sunbrella canopy offers shelter from the summer sun and rain protection. It also features a vent for wind escapement. The gazebo is easily assembled and spans 130 square feet creating the ultimate space for an outdoor living room set.
Photos courtesy of Hayneedle.com
Pergolas and Awnings
Pergolas provide partial shade and add a lot of style to your backyard. Pergolas can also be ideal to provide shade over an outdoor kitchen or to define the space for an outdoor family room. Many homeowners will mount a weatherproof TV in the corner.
Above: To complement the Pennsylvania flagstone patio, a custom blend of stone was used for the fireplace and sitting walls. The curved pergola, made of laminated mohagony, offers just the right amount of shade. The plants include cryptomeria, sweetbay magnolia, and pale pink, kooper king hibiscus, as well as heavy metal switch grass and dwarf fountain grass.
Photo courtesy of Walnut Hill Landscape Company; photography by Michael Prokopchak
You can increase the amount of shade provided by a pergola in a few ways. You may wish to have ivy growing across the wooden beams of the roof, creating a natural plant canopy. This also makes the pergola feel more like it’s a part of the garden.
Another option is a retractable awning. Available in many different colors and patterns, retractable awnings add to both the function and décor of your pergola and the outdoor room your are creating.
Above: The lattice panels add a bit of privacy and a whole lot of style to this pergola set on a beautifully landscaped property with a pool. The retractable awning provides homeowners with the option of full or partial shade. The awning’s striped pattern matches the cushioned outdoor couch and throw pillows creating a unified outdoor room.
Photos courtesy of ShadeFX Canopies
This pergola adds elegance and definition to this outdoor kitchen, surrounded by colorful landscaping. The roof provides partial shade, but heat and smoke from the grill can still escape through the beams.
Photographed by LandMarksPhotography.com for Walnut Hill Landscape Company, Annapolis, Md.
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