Plans for the Pergola

Bit by bit the garden is coming along. I’ve already shared with you the finished dining deck, which has been getting plenty of use so far I can tell you. And at the weekend the new pergola went up. My BF is amazing! There is still plenty to do before we can use it though. A deck has to be installed underneath it. We are going to put up a ceiling of slatted wood so that it provides some decent shade in our very sunny garden, and it has to be landscaped on either side so that it looks as if it has always been there. Oh and then it has to be furnished.

Homebase at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

Size wise, it’s not unlike the one above, which was the Homebase stand at the 2013 Chelsea Flower Show. Maybe a bit smaller. I need visual inspiration whilst the work is going on and this one has so much green around it that I keep coming back and glancing at it. Ours will be for relaxing in though and I’ve got my eye on the Ikea lounge furniture below.


Unfortunately the black cushions are out of stock so I’ll have to wait for it but I figure this set will look just as good when it doesn’t have cushions on it during the winter and rainy weather. I want it to be comfortable. This is called a conversation set for good reason so it will get lots of use when entertaining but I also want to curl up with a book sometimes and just chill out with a glass of wine.

Plans for the Pergola - Cushions

Nos 1 and 2 from Achica. No 3 from Marks and Spencer.

Cushions will add even more comfort and I love these green leafy ones. They will echo the plants around the deck and add a splash of colour.

Plans for the Pergola - Metal accents

Lanterns, tealight holders and Moroccan tray table all from Sainsbury’s Home

I’m also going to add some metal. Most importantly there will be two large lanterns hanging from the roof. The pergola is in direct sight line of our french windows so I want to emphasise the symmetry with the lanterns. They will hang there all year round and will be a real statement hopefully. Did I mention that one of the reasons for the pergola is not just to give us shade and somewhere to comfortably sit, but also to hide the view of neighbouring houses? Something nice to look at through the windows even in winter.

Plans for the Pergola - zinc and concrete

Clockwise from top left: Small concrete ball from Sainsbury’s Home. Antique oval troughs from Marquis and Dawe. Garden Trading set of 3 planters from Amara. Large concrete ball from Sainsbury’s Home. Garden Trading set of 3 planters from Amara. Sard planter from Homebase.

As well as the plants around the edges and the climbers up and over the structure (BF wants a grapevine!), there will be potted plants too. I want to keep the pots confined to just concrete looking materials and grey metals, in different sizes and shapes. The plants will be bamboo varieties and ferns. Maybe a hosta or two. The look I’m aiming for is lush and jungle like.

Plans for the Pergola - hanging ferns

Knotted plant hangers from Eleanor Bolton

And while the plants are maturing I think it might be a good idea to have some hanging baskets.

Can’t wait for it to be finished. Can’t wait to share.

August 11, 2015



  1. Reply

    andrew bradford

    August 19, 2015

    I’m thinking about redecorating my backyard, and still don’t know which direction to go! Taking your post has inspiration. Do you gave anymore suggestions? 🙂


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      August 19, 2015

      You’ll have to keep reading the blog Andrew 🙂


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