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Garden designers encourage people to bring architectural interest to their landscapes, and adding a pergola is a wonderful option.

Pergolas are narrow, linear garden structures that have an overhead trellis supported by upright supports. They are used to cover walkways and terraces or link pavilions.

Classic designs often used stone, but modern pergolas are usually made from weather-resistant wood that can be painted or stained to suit your landscape. Some kits may use other materials.

If you have a detached garage, building a pergola can visually connect the garage to the house. Using a pergola along the façade of your home is also a nice option.

Add a climbing plant like bougainvillea or trumpet vine, and your pergola will provide both shade and color.

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