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Love Gardening! Issue #25: How To Build An Hexagonal Pergola With Swing Benches
January 22, 2019

Issue #25

How To Build A Fantastic Pergola With Swing Benches

A very Happy New Year to all 'Love Gardening!' friends across the world. Thank you so much for all year kind comments over the last year.

I trust 2019 will be a great year for everyone, too, with lots of interesting projects – large or small – in the garden.

Last year I built a new patio pergola, with raised beds to surround the area and low comfy seats to make it feel all feel enclosed and cosy, and this year I'm helping a friend to design his small garden, where he's building a more modern style pergola to catch the evening sun. More of that over the coming months, when the plants have started to develop....

This time of the year (if you're a hardy soul), and through into early spring, are ideal times to be thinking about construction projects in the garden, mainly because the plants are dormant (so we can see what's going on), and delicate stems and flowers are not as easily damaged.

Today we're going to be looking at how to make a truly stunning and cosy pergola seating area using swing benches, ideal for entertaining and relaxing. Because of the weight of the swing benches, and the weight of the people using them, there are some aspects of this type of pergola we need to consider before construction begins.

Brian asked about using them with his hexagonal pergola plans. These lovely seats can be used with any style of pergola, and I've included lots of ideas to think about, with pictures for inspiration, trying, as far as I can, to include any related links to pergolas or swings, as these are my most asked questions - where do I find these pergola products and accessories?

They can also be attached to a lean-to pergola, a traditional pergola or, more commonly, arbours.

At the moment, they only include UK manufacturers or outlets, but it is fairly easy to find products in other areas, where there is a generally a wide range of choice, certainly much more over the last few years.

So, here goes, let's take a look.....

Remember to send in pictures of your garden projects!

Until next time...

All the best,

Coming Soon

Talking of gardening on a shoestring, I have an interesting ebook that you may be interested in with lots of ideas on ecological, money saving gardening tips. People are always asking me about frugal gardening ideas - after all, we do love making something out of nothing. We'll have a look at it next time.

Most people who get overwhelmed by their gardens are battling constantly with weeds. Let's find out how to manage them, so they are not such a never-ending problem.

If there is anything you would like help or advice with through the ezine, just drop me a line.

We have a lot of new members since last time, so introduce yourself.

Let us know how you are getting on in your garden, your successful projects - pergola, or otherwise. You can even write your own web page here on this site and tell us all about it, with before and after pictures if you have them.

And for those who are new to 'Love Gardening!' find back issues through the link below.....

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For details about beautiful climbing plants, take a look here...

For free pergola plans and rafter tails visit:

Free Pergola Plans

Pergola Rafter Tails

Simple Pergola Plans: Design 2

Raised Bed Plans

How to Lay a Stone Patio Circle

Additional Plans

Attached Lean-To Pergola Plans

Corner Pergola Plans

Asian Pergola Plans

Hexagonal Pergola Plans

Sloping Pitched Roof Hexagonal Pergola PlansNEW!

Seated Arbour Plans NEW!

Video Tutorial - How to Lay a Patio

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Have great fun this gardening season!

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