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    Make a Secret Getaway Setting a bench among the trees is a great way to cool off. Make your space even more intimate and private by tucking the bench underneath a rustic pergola, such as the one here. Add another layer of privacy by covering your pergola with shade-tolerant vines such as Virginia creeper, climbing hydrangea, or sweet autumn clematis.

    A stone bench in a cool, shady corner, so subtly incorporated into the landscape it appears as though it was placed by Mother Nature.

    Plan a seating area in the garden ~ better yet, a swing!

    Make a Shady Garden

    arbor and swing

    Pergola with Angled Design. When you build a pergola, consider positioning it at an angle for added interest. Although it occupies a flagstone patio with a square outline, this pergola was deliberately designed as a corner structure. The clipped front corner creates a wide diagonal entry that offers access to both the adjacent house and a terraced landscape nearby.

    This would be great for a small garden (which is apparently is), or for a side yard area that wasn't very wide. Would be a great relaxation area.


    We have a very small yard so I may try this... DIY Garden Arbor Bench

    Add a Swing:Swings aren't just for porches or playgrounds! Add one to the beams of your pergola and give yourself a charming place to relax. Here's a hint: Make sure your swing is attached to the sturdy, load-bearing beams instead of the rafters. (follow link for instructions on swing and pergola)

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    mooi, bloeiende blauwe regen Le Jardin des Songes, France

    Wisteria Pergola

    Petite Pergola A pergola doesn't have to be large to make a statement. Tucked amid a well-manicured formal garden, this triangular pergola is a striking focal point--small but nicely detailed, with a classic white painted finish. The swinging bench makes it all the more inviting and versatile.

    DIY Garden Privacy Ideas

    Green It Up

    Decorate Your Deck_Just like it can enhance a patio, the right arbor can add drama to your deck. Keep the style and scale of your structure consistent with the rest of your deck for an extra-special, beautiful area.

    Cozy shade garden • photo: BHG

    Gorgeous climbing hydrangea is a deciduous vine that is perfect for climbing up shady trees, pergolas and arbors. Grows in part sun to shade and blooms in early summer. Vine may take 3-5 years to bloom after first planted. Zones 4-7

    Make a Destination The highlight of this small landscape is a pergola draped with wisteria. Placing the pergola in the back corner of the yard gives you -- and your eye -- a destination, which helps make it feel more spacious. From Better Homes and Gardens.

    Stone bench on patio in backyard garden, with flowers, ferns, privacy