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How to build a stunning pitched roof hexagonal pergola with gorgeous angled rafters from the plans! Use for entertaining, garden features or attached to the house...
How to adapt the corner pergola plans to build a fantastic triangular pergola based on the original design.
I've shown you mine. Now you can upload pictures of your hanging baskets and tell us about them. It'll be fun! We'll be looking at the different types of container and how to plant up, too...
James built this excellent pergola and shared a picture with us. Doesn't it look great!
We often know, when setting out on our pergola building project, whether we are going to use a pergola kit, or go the whole hog and get down and dirty in the sawdust.
Often we can find pergola kits to suit, and if you'd rather put something up rather than making from scratch, a pergola kit can save time, and be an ideal solution.
Building your own may be more up your street, though - the challenge, the sweat...! And, of course, there are those awkward to fit spaces, which is where a DIY pergola comes into its own. In which case, use either the free pergola plans, or the arbour pergola plans.
So if you wanted a similar manufactured pergola kit to James's DIY pergola, here is that very one.
Even though most people would use this as a patio pergola in their garden, this one is shown as a walkway. Imagine it with flowering roses and clematis climbing over the rafters. Beautiful. And the smell!
Wow, isn't this great! We've had five new pergolas recently.
Tony and Chris's corner pergolas (both from the same plan, but very different), Jeff's oriental-style Asian pergola with gorgeous curved rafters, and Kevin's gone for the double with the superb attached lean-to patio pergola, shown here, and a beautifully crafted seated arbour in the garden (he's been a very busy man!)
What a fantastic achievement.
They should all be very proud!
Firstly, the work hurdles as I saw them.. • I had a really bad and unproductive corner of the garden to fill but the corner is not a right-angle,
What about this for a hanging bench!
I came across it when I was looking for interesting accessories for my metal pergola page. A few cushions, a throw, maybe a parasol, and there we are in Pride and Prejudice. (Mr. Darcy, eat you heart out!)
One of the best things about this bench - apart from it being ever so romantic! - is the fact that it is plastic dip-coated (so no rust staining the crinoline).
Metal can be fashioned into such intricate designs, and this is the epitome of traditional beauty.
Now...exactly where could I hang one of these, do you think?
If you'd like to build Kevin's lean-to pergola, or one similar, and create a fantastic outdoor room in your own back yard, here's how to do it, with the pergola plans for beginners!
An attached lean-to pergola, entry pergola, pergola porch or canopy can be a fabulous extension to your home. Build your own from the plans, or find ideas for an attached pergola kit here...
Finding cheap pergola offers can mean big savings! Here are the updated garden bargains and voucher codes...
The pergola planting series looks at how to make your pergola and patio absolutely magnificent! Here we cover the care and pruning of hydrangeas for maximum blooms...
We were very impressed by the plans on your website and sent off for the Asian Pergola plans. We have an excellent carpenter who followed them to
If you'd like a fabulous outdoor room for a fantastic price, these pergola kits might be just the job!
Lean-to pergolas and canopies are two most popular designs at the moment. Lots of people ask me to recommend pergola kits in these styles (or how to build their own!), where they can relax in the sun and have BBQs with friends.
I came across these the other day. They are well-made, with sturdy posts, planed and treated timber and well balanced rafter tail ends. Of course, being manufactured pergola kits, all the cutting and notching is done for you, which is handy.
We all like a bit of instant gratification occasionally, and this pergola could be up in half a day - certainly with the smaller sizes...
...and the range of sizes is quite amazing! They start at around 6 ft in length, and the largest I could find was 21 ft. The width varies too - giving lots of choice. (Size is often the main issue with pergola kits, but there are so many here that one is sure to fit.)
The most surprising part was the price - need a good quality, cheap pergola to transform your garden instantly...go for it!
If you are thinking of building a lean to pergola, or swinging arbour, one of these wooden swing seats is just the job.
They are not always easy to get hold of. I found this one, with the metal arm rests when I was searching for other pergola 'stuff', but, because of the time of the year, this example is no longer available, although there is this entirely wooden pergola bench (a little more like Jeff's in the picture below) in either 4ft or 5ft lengths.
They make fantastic porch and patio swings. Everyone will want a go! They really are a heavenly place to relax.
Jeff attached one to his lean to pergola, and it looks a treat. You may have seen it already.
He made the area very special by using interesting accessories and furniture, lighting, a patio heater and souvenirs from his holidays...and the hanging patio swing. Of course, the bench swing is the main attraction!
Lots of people have asked about making a swinging arbour. It's fairly plain sailing, really. Build an arbour from the free pergola plans or the arbour pergola plans, and then, instead of putting a seat inside the abour...
...hang the swing instead. Easy Peasy!
For other interesting hanging chairs in fabric and rattan......
Create this wonderfully romantic arbour with seat from the step-by-step seated arbour plans, part of the 'Additional Plans Series'...an arbour with bench that's both beautiful and functional!
Great ideas for a hanging chair, to make your outdoor space into a fun and interesting place to relax, with suggestions for a patio canopy swing seat and wooden hanging bench...
Let's look at how to build a patio circle for a circular patio pergola. Paving circles can be used as a focal point for fantastic garden design features such as circular pergola kits...
Get ideas for different wooden pergola kits. Be inspired by some wonderful designs and styles, and find out where to buy your pergola kit.
I need a canopy for a pergola to provide shade. What's the best way to achieve this?
Choose a fabulous metal pergola kit in a variety of designs and styles. Find ideas for metal canopies and arches too, including the rust-free, modern, aluminium pergola canopy...
Inspiration for lots of pergola styles, with ideas including the free pergola plans, the additional pergola plans and many pergola kits...
At last we have an attached vinyl pergola for sale online, in a variety of sizes. About time too!
Lots of you have asked me for this information over the years, and now we have just the thing. Coming in several lengths, this vinyl pergola has sturdy polycarbonate roof panels, with the option of side panels, too. It's ticking all the boxes for many of you who've emailed. We all love to have a great time in our gardens, basking in the sunshine and eating al fresco under our pergolas or gazebos with friends. This will help you create a fabulous area to do just that.
The 3 metre pergola is in a half price sale at the moment, making it very affordable for a vinyl pergola. Here it is...
Other sizes, and the side panels, too, can be seen here. This is the 3 x 6 metre one...
Trust this will answer a lot of questions.
No room to attach a pergola ledger board over your window? Frustrated that you can't have a fantastic attached pergola to create an outdoor room in which to relax and entertain?
No problem. With a little creative thinking it's easy. Find out how to do it here...
In this Love Gardening! newsletter we take a look at some interesting pergola pictures to give you inspiration to build your own, with a bit about pruning and plants, too!
Pergola pictures can be a great source of inspiration! Take a look at some fabulous DIY pergola and pergola kit ideas.
Hello All, My name's Rob and I would like to share with you a garden project I just recently finished. Having completed building the Hexagonal Pergola
Rob made this hexagonal pergola video of his son building it from the plans...he is only 2 1/2 years old!
So when my wife came back from the garden center and asked if I could build a pergola for the garden, I said “Sure, no problem, when the weather gets a
Hello everyone, my name is Robert Lipparelli and I would like to share a very simple project with you; the idea being to show you that simple can sometimes
Here are the updated offers for the new season. There are some that are really worth taking a look at!
Whether you're going to be working hard in the garden, planting, building things, entertaining or just spending lazy days in the sunshine, do check here before you buy.
The voucher codes can make a big difference to what you spend, and there are some terrific offers on all sorts of items.
Hope you enjoy the springtime and warmer weather!
Really easy to grow, fabulously tasty in salads, stir fries, and beautiful as a garnish, learn how to grow wonderfully healthy pea shoots all year round, and harvest them in only two weeks!
Create a superb and delicious display with a vertical vegetable garden. Ideas on how to clothe your pergola, trellis and pots with wonderful, healthy climbing vegetables!
Find out how to make pergola rafter tail template modifications to fit your 8" and 10" support rafters and beams.
If you fancy a feel of the Mediterranean in your garden this year, a grapevine might be just the thing!
Many readers ask how to grow grapevines successfully. Find out from a professional grower how to plant grapevines for maximum yield, and how to grow grapes successfully anywhere in the world on both a small and large scale - from a single vine in the garden to a fully stocked vineyard!
Used either simply to provide welcome shade, or for the fruit they bear, grapevines are an attractive climber for a sunny and sheltered corner. If you need something to support your grapevine, discover how to build your own pergola from the free plans, or source an easy to build manufactured pergola kit.
Early spring is the ideal time to plant these fabulous climbing plants, and, finally, spring has sprung!
So, if you're ready, lets get going...
This seems such a great cause - helping to raise money for Greenfingers Hospices when buying from Rowlawn. They are offering 5% off for those who participate.
Here's what they sent through:
Friday 8th March is Garden Re-Leaf day. In 2012 the garden industry very successfully launched its own version of Comic Relief and Sports Relief with Garden Re-Leaf.
The purpose is to raise money for Greenfingers, the charity that creates magical gardens for children's hospices throughout the UK.
Greenfingers is Rolawn's nominated charity and so to support Garden Re-Leaf day we will donate 5% of the value of all orders placed on Rolawn Direct from Friday 8th until midnight on Monday 11th March 2013.
In addition, all customers who place orders over this period in support of the charity will receive a 5% discount. The discount code is RELEAF13 and is valid from Friday 8th March until midnight on Monday 11th March 2013.
Thank you for your support.
Explore pergola designs and ideas using the DIY pergola plans, pergola kits and pergola pictures to show the many opportunities for creating a fantastic outdoor space!
John's attached pergola lean-to is a fabulous example of a DIY pergola made from the step-by-step plans!
Need to adapt the corner pergola plans to fit on your patio? Here are two fabulous examples of how it can be done!
Is it possible to build a wonderfully romantic wedding bower from the free pergola plans? Find out how to do this, with ideas for both DIY pergolas and fantastic pergola kits!
Corner pergola climbing plants: How can I adapt the corner pergola plans to fit into my space? Answers to questions about this patio pergola and where to grow climbing plants...
If you're not sure whether you need planning permission for a pergola, here are a few pointers...
It's the middle of January and we're faced with beautiful snow scenes - very pretty, but not good for building pergolas!
I'm taking this opportunity to keep all snug and warm, and more importantly to finish off some new seated arbour plans that I've been working on for some time.
Here's a sneak preview. The arbour can be built with curved or straight rafters:
Lots of visitors to my site have asked for this type of arbour: one that has an integral seat.
Eventually I began work on the plans when someone especially asked for a seated arbour with curved rafters, where he and his Mum could feel close to his Dad when sitting in the garden. It was important for him to be able to create it himself. What a lovely idea.
It was such a touching request that I started straight away, and more plans were born.
I'll keep you posted to let you know when the plans are ready. It shouldn't be too long - hopefully!
You can make one using freestanding garden furniture. Find the plans for this style here...
Pergola awnings are an ideal way to create a fabulous outdoor living space, providing shade from the sun, protection from the weather and an ideal place to relax and unwind!
If you are thinking of building this particular pergola design and have questions about adapting or downloading the plans, take a look at the 'Corner Pergola Plans FAQs'.
Spectacular plant combinations for a superb summer display!
Build a sensational pergola design, in you garden, using a natural slope. This garden design makeover works equally well using a gazebo or summerhouse! Find ideas here...
I was chatting to a friend yesterday, who was despairing of having any vegetables in her beautifully planted raised beds this year. Why? Because of the perennial problem - the SLUG!
She usually escapes any slug damage as she has a large, natural pond in the garden, but it has been unseasonably wet this May.
I told her about the best ways I've found to control these rampaging creatures, and pointed her in the direction of an ezine article I wrote last year.
Because we've had all this rain recently, the slugs are starting to emerge, with dire consequences for our beloved plants.
They are just beginning to nibble my hostas, and even though I use a very effective and simple remedy, it could obviously do with renewing.
Anyway, here's the article showing:
To nibble-free plants in all our gardens!
Just come across this amazing offer for climbing roses, where you get 5 for a little more than you’d usually pay for 1!
Not only that, 5 free bush roses are included too.
Here are the roses:
You can find this offer here.
Offer ended. However, take a look at their Deal of the Day. They have some great ones!
Spring is in the air, and I'm sure we're all looking forward to warmer days relaxing in our gardens, surrounded by beautiful plants. I know I am!
But what are the best plants to grow for colour, form, fragrance, reliability and hardiness? There are so many to choose from.
If you need a few ideas and a bit of inspiration, I've chosen a list of 25 wonderful plants that are easy to grow and will create a truly wonderful display.
Especially useful if you are a new gardening enthusiast, there are lots of plant pictures, hints and tips, with ideas for plants that go well together...
...and there's also a chance for those who have found a 'real cracker' to tell us all about their favourite plant, too!
Here are three from my list:
Here's to creating our own little piece of heaven!
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