What is a Pergola?

A pergola is another common term for an arbor. These are commonly found in outdoor gardens as a visual feature to highlight or cover something such as a bench, a patio set, or a hot tub. They can offer a shadowed walk way as a focal point as well.

The term is Latin, meaning “projected walk way”. They are commonly used to help support vines, which are popular in almost any traditional garden space and gives the garden an almost magical feel about it. Sometimes they are used like an extension of a building, to link it to an outdoor space or another building. Throughout history pergolas have been made of wood, stone, or even constructed from the careful formation of trees and shrubs.

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