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.

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

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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Lovely idea...perfect for reading a book and relaxing ...beautiful Lavender *sigh*

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Want to make this pergola but to hang our 2 hammock chairs. Love the hooks for hanging plants. Would be great with trellis panels on the back for privacy against the neighbors' yard

Stacked Stone Bench ~ Features That Create an Outstanding Garden ~ Add Interest... Focus a space with benches, birdbaths, containers, boulders, and sculpture.

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.

Blue Star Creeper is a fast growing sun to part shade ground cover-- I should have thought of this instead of Irish moss for the shady side.

Multiple Pergolas. A small yard can benefit from the added height of a pergola, or more. Here, matching pergolas spaced a couple yards apart are framed with lush greenery; slate pavers that stretch under create a seamless look.

Run a Clematis up a tree

great design for a long space- and no lawn! Added height at the top of the fence doubles as a trellis.

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

Shade Tolerant Perennial Vines

Perfect Pairing

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Like it. A mini pergola for around the window. Looks good for training clematis.