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While the thought of a weekend brunch in the garden is especially appealing these days, with the lower temperatures, the glare of the sun can certainly ruin even the best of intentions.
One solution to this dilemma is a pergola which enables you to spend time outside even on hotter days, but adds a design element to your garden and overall landscaping. A pergola can enhance the beauty of your garden besides playing a utilitarian role. Essentially, a pergola should be built wherever you feel you are going to spend the most amount of time.
For a more luxurious look and feel, opt for a charming gazebo or pavilion which is self-supporting, albeit expensive. By adding seats, throw pillows and interesting lighting, this can be a great spot to catch up with friends, read a book, chill out in the evenings, or just lounge around in the afternoon to enjoy nature’s beauty.
Another shading option especially effective for smaller gardens and smaller budgets is an arbor which is really just a roof attached to a bench. Arbors make a great garden accent. You can use it to dress up your front yard or any section of the garden. It also makes for a great afternoon retreat when all you want to do is just sit and while away time. Make it interesting by adding climbing plants that will create a beautiful leafy canopy over time.
The shade sail is another option. The free-standing structure uses steel posts for support. Available in different colors and sizes, you can easily pick one that complements your house’s architectural style and color theme. However, shade sails get easily destroyed after months of use, so choose one that uses durable and high-quality materials.
Yet another budget-friendly option that is quick and easy to install is the traditional garden umbrella. Available in a plethora of colors and styles, it can be purchased at any home garden store at wallet-friendly prices.
Shade structures not only protect you from the sun, but also add character and style to your outdoor area.
• Pergolas always add a design element to any garden and overall landscaping
• Some shade sails nowadays have UV protection that helps prevent skin cancer
• Gazebos are a more eco-friendly option as most are made of high durable wood
Source: Saadiya Ahmad, Special to Properties
The writer is a freelancer