Coming in all shapes, sizes and styles, a metal pergola, gazebo or arch can add height and elegance to your garden. There are some stunning ones around!
Whether you are looking for an ultra-modern style, or a more traditional ornate structure, there is sure to be one of these wonderful pergola kits to fit in perfectly with your scheme.
Let's take a look at the ornate ones first, and then we'll get on to the more modern pergolas that are becoming so popular.
Here we have a traditional style pergola with a modern twist. The canopy is a popular and attractive addition.
The beauty of metal is that it can, if desired, be moulded into really intricate designs, making an attractive frame for climbing plants. These are usually the wrought iron structures, which lend themselves to a more traditional garden. There are some very delicate and ornate structures to be found.
Take this one, for example, with its cream, intricate design, making it look like lace. Incredibly beautiful!
These dining pergolas can often be seen in garden centre displays.
The more modern designs are smoothly crafted to give simple, clean lines that fit comfortably into any contemporary space.
They usually have fixed or moveable fabric shades, making them ideal for eating outdoors.
This one, however, is the first one I've seen with fully rainproof closing aluminium panels; ideal when you need to keep the rain out. My readers will be so pleased! Finding canopies for shade and inclement weather is a question high on their list (only surpassed by maximum beam spans).
There is an amazing offer on at the moment - £1,200 off this particular pergola.
The roof has rigid panels that keep the rain out. Here's how it works.
Here are some more beautifully designed metal pergolas. Such fabulous styles!
This metal gazebo is beautiful in this setting.
It is modern in style with a traditional twist. What a fabulous place to have a meal outdoors!
Retractable awnings and shades have become very popular lately as we're all wanting to eat outdoors and extend our summers.
Louvred shades look incredibly stylish, providing different degrees of filtered shade.
Add contemporary furniture and soft furnishings to give style and comfort to your pergola.
This is a more traditional style pergola, although the aluminium frame gives a more modern feel.
Fabulous ideas from this manufacturer for both metal and wooden structures, bespoke, if needed. But, of course, here we are concentrating on metal structures for the time being.
This contemporary walkway is very modern in its clean lines and bold design.
The beautiful Ogee style, with a pointed arch, adds romance to any garden, and can be used in many different ways. Find ideas by following the picture links.
Create a traditional walkway with the beautiful Roman arches. They can be made into really stunning features.
There are so many ways to use this Ellipse pergola!
And here is the Gothic pergola.
A bespoke design creates a magical mediaeval feature. What a way to transform a garden!
Coming in these five different styles: Contemporary, Ogee, Roman, Gothic, and the new Ellipse these pergolas are high quality structures in a modular design; they can be extended with any number of additional sections to give various sizes of pergola colonnade walkway and amazing designs.
Supplied with a starter pack of three sections, additional ones can be added, with single sections to create a longer walkway pergola over which to grow stunning, fragrant climbing plants.
All come with a lean-to option and even a half lean-to for the Ellipse pergola, which makes them incredibly versatile.
Here's a lovely gothic rose arch walkway.
On the other hand, this budget arch at £11.99 is at the opposite end of the spectrum. Very useful, especially if you're on a tight budget. There are lots of options to choose from, with different styles and price ranges.
By joining the arches together, a walkway effect is a very simple way to have something special in your garden without eating too much into your budget.
An arch is a very economical way to build a walkway pergola. For around as little as £50 it's possible to make a four section long walkway to clothe in beautiful climbers on each upright. It could be extended to any length you prefer.
All arches, of course, can be joined by simply attaching one arch to the next with sturdy plant ties (or bolts, if the arch has a flat edge). Easy!
Create a romantic pergola, once everything is installed, using both climbing plants and vegetables!
If you'd like an free-standing pergola canopy or an attached 'lean to', here are a couple of pergola awnings with retractable shades, and an attached pergola kit with an fixed awning...
All come in kit form and are relatively easy to assemble. Having another pair of hands, however, is helpful: one to hold while the other fits the parts together. Even the more complex designs should see it finished in an hour or so, in all its glory!
These are not strictly metal pergolas, but they do have metal brackets as a distinctive design feature. The brackets come in black and silver; the wood you can choose any colour you wish. Modern and sleek, they can be built in a very short time.
Read more about them here.....
A metal arch may, on the other hand, be more suitable. There are some beautifully intricate designs. Find this particular selection here.
There are some stunners around, with sturdy, low maintenance, powder coated finishes that will make your gazebo the hub of activity! These imposing structures make an immediate impact. Here are some very popular ones to get you started...
...and here is a wide range of choice, particularly for fabric covered gazebos.
What about this for a swing seat! Coated in plastic for easy maintenance. Very romantic covered in throws and cushions! And here are some others.
Find ideas on how to incorporate them into your pergola design here.
The most amazing metal raised bed I've come across is this sleek design that would give a brilliantly modern feel to any garden. With its stunning clean lines and reflective surface it was a finalist in the RHS Product of the Year, no less.
Use them alongside a metal pergola to add colour and interest to your outdoor space. Available in several different attractive colours, I'm sure these are going to be a hit in many gardens!
There's a video showing these them in action - so to speak - where you can see them in a garden setting in their different colours.
The longest is 8ft. Nice.
This beautiful maintenance-free steel trellis comes in a natural rust, shown here, black powder coated metal and a beautiful hand-etched verdigris style to match all their furniture and pergolas.
There are lots of styles and colours to choose from.
Loving these screen panels! They can be put to so many uses in the garden.
Very similar to the scrolled panels on their metal pergola, these panels add a lovely decorative effect. See more ideas and amazing designs here.
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