Garden Design

Separator

Basic Pergola and Arbour Construction

Basic Pergola and Arbour Construction Pergolas and arbours can create atmosphere, link different parts of the garden or provide a shady place to walk or sit. They give instant height and allow the gardener to grow climbers somewhere other than a wall or fence.

One of the most important rules of pergola construction is that it should be wider than it is high (or at the very least, form a square). Another useful rule of thumb is to space the uprights along the length of the pergola one-quarter more than the space across the walk. It is also important to allow enough height and width for plant growth. Therefore uprights need to be far enough from the path so that plants don’t block the space and it is recommend that a clear height of at least 2.2m (from floor to underside of beam) is allowed so that anyone strolling in the garden doesn’t get their hair tangled in the plants!

Arbours are constructed in a similar way to pergolas but often have sides in-filled with trellis or similar to help enclose the space. Roof crossbeams can also be closer together in order to provide denser shade for sitting.

Below are examples of different styles and methods of construction from gardens around the country. This collection of photos will be added to as new examples are found. If anyone reading this article has suitable photographs they would be happy to share with others please email editor@gardendesignunlimited.co.uk for consideration.

Example 1

Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint

Example 2

Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint

Example 3

Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint

Example 4

Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint

Example 5

Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint

Example 6

Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint Pergola joint

© Sharon Brown 18th July 2009

About this site

GardenDesignUnlimited.co.uk is about garden design and garden designers. If you're looking for a garden designer you can use our unique Find A Garden Designer service to find a garden designer near you.

If you are a garden designer this is the best place to find information about garden design. If you are just starting out or if you have an established business we hope you'll find useful information here. Why not register to be included in our free Find A Garden Designer service.

If you are interested in advertising with us you can contact us here.

Avon Bedfordshire Berkshire Borders Buckinghamshire Cambridgeshire Central Cheshire Cleveland Clwyd Cumbria Derbyshire Dumfries & Galloway Durham Dyfed East Sussex Essex Fife Guernesey Grampian Greater London Greater Manchester Gwent Gwynedd Hampshire Hereford & Worcester Hertfordshire Highland Humberside Isle of Man Isle of Wight Isles of Scilly Jersey Kent Lancashire Leicestershire Lincolnshire Lothian Merseyside Mid Glamorgan Norfolk North Yorkshire Northamptonshire Northumberland Nottinghamshire Orkney Oxfordshire Powys Shetland Shropshire South Glamorgan South Yorkshire Staffordshire Strathclyde Suffolk Surrey Tayside Tyne and Wear Warwickshire West Glamorgan West Midlands West Sussex West Yorkshire Western Isles

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Valid CSS!