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.

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

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)

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

LOVE the angled pergola added to the fence - extra privacy, vines, plants - PRETTY! love the line of greenery against the fence

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.

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Arbor and Swing.

12 Beautiful Home Gardens. I love the one w the hidden couch & the chandelier hanging from pergola. Must do in my hidden garden!

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.

Shade Tolerant Perennial Vines

These hardy, heavy-wooded, vigorous, deciduous vines are invaluable for screening and for draping over verandahs and porches, with the dense foliage providing cool shade during the warmer months, then as the weather cools and the leaves fall, the winter sun is allowed to penetrate. The flowers are highly scented.

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A getaway garden room in your own backyard.

I want to do this but not as wide and the seat between the garden beds instead of one behind