Pergola Pictures

Here are some pergola pictures to get your creative juices flowing?

It's so exciting to be in the process of deciding on which pergola style to choose. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you are sure to find one that suits your garden.

It's useful to have an idea of what can be done with different styles of pergola, the building processes involved and the finished effects.




In the first three sections find pergola pictures that either:

  • I have built, showing construction pictures and the finished pergolas. 
  • Visitors to the website have built from either the Free Pergola Plans or Additional Pergola Plans. 
  • Others pictures I've taken on my travels.

Then we have:

  • All of the pergola plan pictures, taking you to each plan individually, if you wish, to see exactly what they are like, and the different styles that can be achieved. 
  • Manufactured pergola kits (and there are hundreds!) to provide ideas, and suggestions for the different materials in which they are available, including wood, metal and vinyl.
  • Pictures of beautiful climbing plants that look stunning growing over these wonderful structures.


Finding Ideas:

Copyright image: Corner pergola construction taken from the step-by-step pergola plans.
Pergola Construction Pictures


Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with hanging seat.
Other Pergola Designs


Warwick traditional pergola kit.

Pergola Kits

Copyright image: Corner pergola design adapted from the corner pergola plans to be three-sided.
Your Pergolas Built From The Plans


Copyright image: A stunning corner pergola design made from the step-by-step pergola plans.

The Free and Additional Plans



Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a beautiful pink climbing rose growing over a pergola trellis.

Climbing Plants on Pergolas


Free Pergola Plans

This first set of pergola pictures shows one which was made from the free plans. Any traditional-style pergola, of any shape or size, can be made from these plans, which can be easily adapted to create the style you would like: whether it's using thicker wood, a different shaped rafter tail or rafters running in only one direction.

Click the picture links to find out more.

Copyright image: Pergola construction with trellis.

This is the pergola made from the free wood pergola plans. 

The rafter tail ends can be plain, like these, or as elaborate as you wish. 

The three pergolas make a secluded patio area. All are joined by trellis, which gives ample scope for planting gorgeous climbing plants!

Copyright image: Pergola construction showing plain rafter tail ends.

Copyright image: Pergola construction with trellis.

Copyright image: Pergola design made from the free pergola plans, the rafters draped in beautiful climbing plants.

A lovely pale pink rambler rose and purple clematis cover the rafters.


Copyright image: Pergola design made from the free pergola plans, the rafters draped in beautiful climbing plants.

What a fabulous place to relax and unwind! Beautiful, fragrant and interesting, with all the different colours, forms and accessories.


Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a heavenly purple clematis growing over a pergola trellis.

A heavenly, purple clematis hangs down from the rafters.


Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a beautiful pink climbing rose growing over trellis.

The secluded patio area is designed around three pergolas joined by trellis. The deep pink rambler rose 'Excelsa' clothes this section.


Copyright image: Pergola design made from the free pergola plans, the rafters draped in beautiful climbing plants.

A combined outdoor clock and barometer hangs from the rafters, an interesting touch against one of my favourite ramblers, the extremely long-flowering, short rambler 'Open Arms'.


Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a vigorous pale pink rambler rose and a heavenly purple clematis growing over a pergola.

Garden furniture makes this a great place for entertaining or having a leisurely meal 'al freso'.


Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a vigorous pale pink rambler rose and a heavenly purple clematis growing over a pergola.

The pergola itself is almost hidden by the climbing plants. They are definitely the stars of the show!


Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a vigorous pale pink rambler rose growing over a pergola.

These pergola pictures show the lovely 'Francis E. Lester', which is delicate, yet abundant.


Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a vigorous pale pink rambler rose growing over a pergola.


Corner Pergola Plans

This is such a stunning pergola design. It has been adapted to include the recessed seating area.

Copyright image: Corner pergola construction taken from the step-by-step pergola plans.

The posts are installed ready for the main rafters. These posts were secured with concrete.

Copyright image: Corner pergola construction showing notched rafters.

Rafters are bolted onto the posts. Here you can see the notches clearly.

Copyright image: A stunning corner pergola design made from the step-by-step pergola plans.

And here it is in all its glory!  Laying a patio has given a firm and attractive base for garden furniture.  The climbing plants are already growing over the trellis and rafters.


Arbour, Arch and Pergola Plans

These pergola plans can be made into an arch, a pergola or a romantic arbour under which to place a seat.

Copyright image: A pergola arch that can be made into a seated arbour.

This pergola arch has raised rafters. It is built within raised planters, which are ready to be planted.  It has steps leading from the patio to lawn.

It can easily be made into a seated arbour by adding another trellis panel.

Copyright image: A pergola arch and trellis with lovely purple clematis and cottage garden flowers.

The surrounding borders have been planted and the climbing plants begin to grow up the trellis.

A gorgeous blue clematis starts to climb through the trellis; a perfect companion to the pink, purple and white border perennials.

Copyright image: A pergola arch and stunning corner pergola in a wonderful cottage garden.

Close planted trailing rockery plants and perennials soften the dry-stone retaining walls around the pergola and arbour. Cottage garden bliss!


A Bespoke Corner Pergola

Copyright image: Corner pergola construction.

The corner pergola posts and trellis are designed as an integral part of the edging.

Copyright image: Corner pergola construction.

The pergola rafters are notched, and braced ready for the bolts.

Copyright image: A wonderful corner pergola design with steps.

A swathe of purple catmint, potted plants and lilies drape over the limestone walls, steps and trellis. The eye is drawn through the garden to this magnificent focal point.


Copyright image: A wonderful corner pergola design in a romantic cottage garden.

The winding log sleepers lead past the garden furniture up to the corner pergola arbour in these pergola pictures.


Copyright image: A wonderful corner pergola design in a romantic cottage garden where the tree becomes an integral part of the design.

This magnificent tree root was left visible as a impressive garden feature, spanning from the bank, over the natural stream and in to the pergola area. By doing this, the whole bank and stream area become part of the garden, rather than being separated from it.


Copyright image: A wonderful corner pergola design with climbing plants.

Vines and clematis are beginning to climb the posts and trellis.


Copyright image: A wonderful corner pergola design in a romantic cottage garden.

A gorgeous water feature leads the eye from the lower patio, through the cottage garden borders with dining area, up to the pergola arbour at the top. The effect is breath-taking!


Copyright image: A wonderful corner pergola design in a romantic cottage garden.

Many paths, steps and entranceways lead through the garden, giving a sense of journey and surprise, with different aspects from which to view and appreciate the garden. Varied textures, structures, foliage and plants make it a spectacular outdoor space.


Copyright image: A pergola arch and stunning corner pergola in a wonderful cottage garden.

This pergola arch can easily be made into a seated arbour with very little additional effort.








Your Pergolas Built From The Plans

Copyright image: What a fabulous job John made of his lean-to pergola, using the lean-to pergola plans!

John's attached lean-to pergola looks brilliant!  All the neighbours are asking him to help with their gardens.  Read more...


Copyright image: Jocelyn built this wonderful pergola with deck from the free pergola plans.

Jocelyn used this traditional pergola as a focal point for an area to sit out and relax.  This design is wonderful in its simplicity!  Even though it is a traditional pergola shape, the feel is modern.  A deck, sitting inside the posts, sets the whole thing off.  The posts could, of course, sit inside the deck joists.  A deck and pergola combinations is a great way to build your area.


Copyright image: Kevin's fantastic lean-to pergola made from the plans.

This lean-to pergola, built by Kevin, makes a real feature of this back yard, creating an attractive haven of peace, beauty and sunshine.

That's what it's all about!

Notice the double side rafters used as an interesting design feature.


Copyright image: Kevin built this fantastic arbour with seat.

He also built this fabulous arbour with seat, which is very similar to the arbour in the Arbour Pergola Plans (part of the Additional Plans Series). It would be fairly straightforward to build from the Free Pergola Plans, too.

We can see it here...

Copyright image: A seated arbour made from the pergola, arch and arbour plans.

This is a lovely arbour, and yet very easy to build.  Choose your own furniture to fit inside, or make your arbour fit around existing furniture.


Copyright image: Jeff and Kathy's Asian pergola design, with its amazing curved rafters.

What a triumph!  Jeff and Kathy had a carpenter build their Asian pergola from the plans.  He made a great job, and they have a beautiful focal point in the corner of their garden!

See what they had to say about it here...


Copyright image: Divider pergola or screen adapted from the free pergola plans.

Harry built this pergola to act as a screen between the garden and the garage. It shows how wooden pergola designs and plans can be adapted to suit many varied situations. Harry particularly wanted templates for his rafter tail ends. When the climbers are growing up the posts, it will really look a treat.


Copyright image: Chris's fantastic corner pergola made from the plans.

Chris's has made a superb job of his pergola!  On his own, at 72 years of age, that can't be bad!  

It is very closely based on the example corner pergola outlined in the plans, with a few subtle modifications: raised rafters to give a little more clearance above the deck; slightly thicker posts and rafters for a sturdier feel; and the added deck, used to level the ground and make a fantastic place to sit!

Read more about how Chris built his pergola, with excellent hints and tips.


Copyright image: Corner pergola design adapted from the corner pergola plans to be three-sided.

We adapted the corner pergola plans so that Ray could have a corner pergola around his deck, making it 3-sided rather than 5-sided area. And doesn't it look great! Ray used a stain to achieve the rich colour.

You can tell that it is designed from the corner pergola plans, and yet it has a very unique feel, showing what can be done to create a very individual structure fitted exactly to your situation.


Copyright image: Tony's corner pergola on a patio, with wonderful radiating rafters.

Tony built a corner pergola, too.  He also wanted a triangular shaped frame with the diagonal running from corner to corner.  You can see how similar his and Ray's are, with Ray's having seven radiating rafters and Tony's five.  

This is about the limit of the beam span, mind you.  Notice, in the picture below, how I used two extra poles to shorten the length of this supporting rafter.

Trellis can be used anywhere to provide shelter and privacy, even on the narrow side sections.

It looks fantastic, just after completion, and the corner of the garden will be transformed when everything else comes together: borders, planters and furniture.

Copyright image: A beautiful corner pergola with climbing plants.
Copyright image: Ray's fantastic corner pergola was adapted from the original corner pergola plans.
Copyright image: Corner pergola design adapted from the corner pergola plans.

Here's another very impressive corner pergola adapted from the plans. It is attached to the house over a door frame on the right, and leads the eye 'up the garden path'.  A very bespoke lean-to corner pergola!


Copyright image: An unusual Asian corner pergola adapted from the step-by-step pergola plans.

This is the Asian pergola design that Paul adapted from the plans. We looked at various ways to make this pergola plan fit within Paul's deck. He did a great job forming the dragon-style pergola rafters! Even though the plans have been modified in several different ways, the essence of the design is still very recognisable.


Copyright image: Rob's wonderful hexagonal pergola, with curved rafter tail ends.

This lovely hexagonal pergola was built by Rob, in Japan.  The vegetation is lush and vibrant.  His pergola acts as a walk-through on the winding path surrounding the house.

Pergola rafter tails can give a unique feel to a pergola, and here the curved shapes reflect the surrounding leaves.

Great job, Rob.  Well done!

Read more about Rob's pergola here...

Copyright image: A wonderful hexagonal pergola, with pitched rafters, made from reclaimed wood.

Judith and her family made this hexagonal pergola with a pitched roof out of reclaimed materials.  After learning how to adapt the hexagonal pergola plans to get a pitch on the roof, they built their pergola very quickly.

Here, you can see it in it's naked state.  Hopefully we will have some more pergola pictures to show you when the climbing plants are clinging to the poles, and the area behind is planted!



Pergola Pictures - Other Pergola Designs

My pergola, designed by me, cut, machined and fitted in place.

James

What a great pergola this is!  James has used a rounded rafter tail with a raised rafter style.  He notched the posts to hold the side rafter supports (beams) and attached lights for a cosy feel in the evening.

If you wanted a pergola similar to this one in your garden, you can either:

  • Build one with the help of the free pergola plans
  • There is a pergola kit very similar to James', which comes as an arch, pergola, pergola with trellis or pergola with deck at a very reasonable price.

Nice one, James!  

Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with lovely cottage garden planting.

These pergola pictures were taken at a lovely B&B we stayed at in Cambridge, called Orchard Cottage. They had this wonderful attached lean-to patio pergola, where guests could sit and chat over a drink, or just relax and read a book. Great breakfasts, brought to your room!


Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with lovely climbing roses growing up the pergola posts.

Border perennials and groundcover plants enhance the gorgeous cottage garden effect. The triangular framework of the border on the right draws the eye up to the tall climbers.


Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with lovely climbing roses growing up the pergola posts.

Lights drape over the rafters for night time entertaining.


Copyright image: Attached lean-to pergola with climbing plants.

Beautiful climbing roses and vines grow up the posts. You can just make out the corrugated sheeting, which provides shelter if the weather is not so good.


Copyright image: Attached lean-to pergola with climbing plants.

Exposed brickwork gives an unusual touch, and provides a place to put candles and other interesting accessories. You can see here how the rafters slope backwards, supported by the wall, any water running into a concealed drain pipe at the back, and into a water butt.

Rafter tail ends give the pergola an individual style, and the vines soften the edges.


Copyright image: Pergola acting as a climbing rose support .

Friends we met on holiday sent us these pergola pictures of their narrow patio pergola, affectionately known as Gloria.


Copyright image: Pergola acting as a climbing rose support .

Steve built it so that the climbing rose would clamber over it. You can see it trained against the post. It will bring beautiful colour and fragrance to the patio area. Fran will come up smelling of roses, as she relaxes with a coffee, or glass of wine, in the sunshine!


Copyright image: A stunning attached lean-to pergola by the sea.

These pergola pictures show the most stunning attached lean-to pergola, where we stay on holiday. It is split into three large areas, and has some fabulous accessories to make it a comfortable, welcoming and interesting place to relax and eat 'al fresco'. An added bonus is that the sea is only metres away!


Copyright image: Shade sails secured to an attached lean-to pergola.

Large cream shade sails are attached to the side, making another beautiful seating area.


Copyright image: Attached lean-to pergola with rafters and ledger board.

Stone pillars support the rafters. Comfortable seating and unusual accesories really make this pergola unique. Can't wait to get back!


Copyright image: An attached lean-to pergola used for outdoor dining.

The rafter tails make an interesting detail over the dining area.


Copyright image: An attached lean-to pergola used for outdoor dining.

How lovely is this! Fabric is draped through the rafters with hanging lights to give a wonderfully romantic feel.


Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with garden seat.

These pergola pictures show an attached pergola built on a deck. It has unnotched rafters that sit fully on top of the main supporting rafters.


Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola.

It is a lovely lean-to pergola. Geoff has added seating and accessories to make their outdoor room a welcoming and interesting space, using a twin seat with parasol, a hanging chair, climbing plants, a patio heater for those cooler evenings, and lots of momentos that he, Mavis and their family have brought back from their travels.


Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with hanging seat.

The pergola swing seat is a great feature.


Copyright image: A fantastic attached lean-to pergola with garden seat.

Geoff and Mavis spend many evenings sitting under their pergola; sometimes well into the night! They like it because it gives a very continental feel to their home and garden, and spending time there makes them feel as if they are on holiday. 




I hope the pergola pictures have given you some ideas, inspiration and the confidence to have a go yourself!







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