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Canopy for a Pergola

I need a canopy for a pergola to provide shade. What's the best way to achieve this?

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Attached Lean-to Pergola

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 a kit here.

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Pergola Hammock

A pergola hammock can be great fun and relaxing too! Explore ideas on different types and styles to suit your garden.

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Pergola Planting Hanging Baskets

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...

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Garden Design Questions

This garden design question is about being overwhelmed by an over-run garden. Make your garden makeover manageable and enjoyable by using these easy ways to organise your garden makeover.

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Climbing Roses

Advice on beautiful climbing roses to grow over your pergola or garden structure for colour and scent.

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Wooden 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.

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Vinyl Pergola Kits

Vinyl pergola kits and other plastic products are becoming more popular today because of their 'maintenance free' characteristics. Find further information and ideas here...

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Hanging Chair

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...

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Outdoor Beanbag

Fun and funky or classy and elegant. Relax in the garden with an outdoor beanbag. Find which colour and style are right for your outdoor living space.

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Fantastic Pergola Offers

Finding cheap pergola offers can mean big savings! Here are the latest garden bargains and voucher codes...

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Pergola Swing Bench

Brian asked how to build an hexagonal pergola with a swing bench. Any pergola style can have a cosy and romantic hanging bench adorning its rafters. Get ideas here....

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Pergola Questions and Answers

Do you have pergola questions about constuction, beautiful climbing plants or using wonderful accessories? Find out what others have asked, with the answers to their questions...

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Fabulous Attached Lean-To Pergola

Pam and Brian sent over this photo of their fantastic attached lean-to pergola, and what a brilliant job they made!

Copyright image: Attached lean-to pergola built by Pam and Brian from the attached pergola plans, with curved rafter tails and angled support brackets.

These are the original plans. It's easy to see how they come from the same plan, although the plans can be adapted to make any lean-to pergola of any size or shape.

Copyright image: The original attached lean-to pergola plans, with straight rafter tails.

It shows how they adapted the plans to create something that fitted perfectly in their space.

It has created this amazing outdoor room attached their house, one I'm sure they use a lot, right through from spring to autumn for relaxing and parties!

See other pergolas that have been built from the plans. There are some really impressive ones...

Pitched Roof Hexagonal Pergola

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...

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Triangular Pergola

How to adapt the corner pergola plans to build a fantastic triangular pergola based on the original design.

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James's Pergola Pictures

Copyright image: A fabulous patio pergola built by James

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.

Ultima pergola kit.

It comes as a standard pergola, an arch, a pergola with deck, and with attached trellis, too.

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!

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Exciting New Pergola Pictures!

Wow, isn't this great! We've had five new pergolas recently.

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

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!

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Tips For Building Your Corner Pergola

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,

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Beautiful Metal Hanging Bench

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?

Kevin's Lean-To Pergola

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!

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Pergola Planting - Hydrangeas

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...

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Proud Pergola Owners

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

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New Lean-to Pergola Kits!

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.

Lean-to garden pergola kit.

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!

Beautiful Swing Seat for an Arbour or Pergola!

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......

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Seated Arbour Plans

Create this wonderfully romantic arbour with seat from the step-by-step seated arbour plans, part of the 'Additional Plans Series' arbour with bench that's both beautiful and functional!

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A Patio Circle for a Pergola

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...

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Metal Pergola Kits

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...

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Pergola Styles

Inspiration for lots of pergola styles, with ideas including the free pergola plans, the additional pergola plans and many pergola kits...

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Half Price Attached Vinyl Pergola Kit!

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...

Vinyl pergola.

Other sizes, and the side panels, too, can be seen here. This is the 3 x 6 metre one...

Vinyl pergola.

Trust this will answer a lot of questions.

Happy days!

How to Attach a Ledger Board Over a Window

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?

Copyright image: Part of the additional pergola plans, find the attached pergola plans here

No problem. With a little creative thinking it's easy. Find out how to do it here...

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Plants, Your Pergola Pictures and Pruning Tips

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!

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Pergola Pictures

Pergola pictures can be a great source of inspiration! Take a look at some fabulous DIY pergola and pergola kit ideas.

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A Rose Arch for the Mother-In-Law!

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

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Hexagonal Pergola Video

Rob made this hexagonal pergola video of his son building it from the plans...he is only 2 1/2 years old!

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These Pergola Plans Really Are For Beginners!

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

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A Simple Landscaping Project on the Sly!

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

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Exclusive Voucher Codes and Cracking Offers!

Here are the updated offers for the new season. There are some that are really worth taking a look at!

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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!

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How to Grow Pea Shoots

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!

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Climbing Vegetables

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!

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Rafter Tail Template Modifications

Find out how to make pergola rafter tail template modifications to fit your 8" and 10" support rafters and beams.

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How to Grow Grapvines

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...

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Create Magical Gardens for Children

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:

Garden releaf.

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.

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Wonderful Pergola Designs

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!

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Attached Pergola Lean-To

John's attached pergola lean-to is a fabulous example of a DIY pergola made from the step-by-step plans!

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Adapt the Corner Pergola Plans

Need to adapt the corner pergola plans to fit on your patio? Here are two fabulous examples of how it can be done!

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Build a Romantic Wedding Bower

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!

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Corner Pergola Climbing Plants

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...

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Planning Permission for a Pergola

If you're not sure whether you need planning permission for a pergola, here are a few pointers...

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