Wooden Pergola - a natural choice for shade in your garden
Is there a place in your garden that could benefit from a natural wooden feature; something to really set it off? Ever fancied a spot in your garden where you can sit out of the sun and yet be surrounded by living plants and greenery? If so then think about having a wooden pergola built. A properly constructed wooden pergola using treated timber fits into any garden environment.
Wood is a natural product, and when stained and correctly assembled a pergola will last many, many years. The wooden crossbeams and uprights form a perfect frame for plants to climb and grow over. Why not plant Jasmine, Bougainvillea or passion flower and in a few years the pergola will be covered with a blaze of colour and sweet scented foliage. To encourage this growth, a wooden lattice can be fitted to the upright supports of the pergola, allowing the climbing plants to become established more quickly.
There’s nothing like natural shade from the sun, a bit like taking five on a long walk to rest one’s back against an olive or almond tree and having a good scratch against the hoary bark. I remember grape picking some years ago, and after hours of hard work throughout the hot dusty morning we workers finally adjourned into the wonderful shade of a big old pine tree. There we ate our late breakfast of sausage, tomatoes and bread, washed down with a sample of the previous year’s harvest – a treasured memory. A pergola with a healthy growth of climbing plants offers pretty much the same feeling. The breeze manages to waft through as the sunlight dances on the leaves. All in all a relaxing and soporific experience, and complimented by a glass of cold wine a hammock slung between the beams is a must as a blissful doze will inevitably follow. Another good idea is to plant Galan de Noche, a night Jasmine. When evening gives way to night then the scent from Galan de Noche is released, and it’s heady and fragrant beyond words. With a few strategically placed lamps or candles, an evening of chatting and sipping wine with friends will become enjoyable events and memories not easily forgotten.
So think about having a pergola in your garden; don’t put it off but order now from a professional carpenter like Woodworks Direct based on the borders of Alicante and Murcia. They will build it to the highest quality and exactly how you want it. Don’t let the good times slip by.
Make a Gazebo a Focal point in your Garden
Some people have the ability to think ahead, to be able to see an image in their mind’s eye quite unlike the one presenting itself at the time. One example was when a friend of mine paid to have a gazebo built in his ...... The word garden should be where the dots are, but at the time ‘bomb site’ would be a better description for the land surrounding his new house. And yet, amidst the mud and rubble, he commissioned quality carpenter Woodworks Direct to erect a wooden gazebo – and beautiful it looked too, like a gold ring in a pig’s nose. When I asked him the obvious ‘WHY?’ he replied with words to the effect that it was going to be the central feature in the garden to be, a point from which to design and build his garden around. So he had the ability to see ahead, to picture what I couldn’t.
Unlike me, he wasn’t looking at First World War battlefield but a mature garden with Jasmine and Bougainvillaea clinging to the gazebo. And he was right, because that is exactly what happened over a relatively short period of time, three years at most. The gazebo, made from quality treated timber and stained for added protection, had weathered and aged naturally; it looked as if it had always been there, a leftover feature from a bygone age. That’s exactly what he wanted in his traditional English-style garden. He had been able to capture a mental image, hold on to it, build on it and see it gradually come to life. I admire that quality.
My gazebo, also built by the same carpenter, looks equally good but in a different way. My garden is the minimalist type with raised beds and coloured gravel, I guess what would be termed ‘easy maintenance.’ I built the garden first then made room afterwards for the gazebo. Does it look as if the gazebo has muscled in on things? No way, because my garden is different and my gazebo fitted in well as a feature, a focal point rather than part of an overall effect. The bottom line: a wooden gazebo looks good whatever, and if well looked after it can last donkey’s years. So whether you are a long term planner or a seat of the pants thinker like me, there is one common denominator when it comes to attractive features for your garden, and that is a wooden gazebo.