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What Is Pergola?

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Have you ever interested what pergola is and what’s its main function? Then, we’ll try to clarify this topic in this post; hopefully, the information will be useful. So, a pergola is a garden feature that forms a shaded walkway, passageway or sitting area. It is a landscape element designed to support vines and an open passageway to connect separate buildings. As a type of gazebo, it may also be an extension of a building, or serve as protection for an open terrace or a link between different premises as noted.

Useful information on pergolas

The origin of the word is the Late Latin pergula, which refers to an overhanging eave or projection. Exactly the English term was borrowed from Italian. It was mentioned in an Italian context in 1645. Though the pergola was used in ancient Egyptian architecture, the modern pergola is more closely related to those found in Italian architecture of the 15th century.

Pergolas may link pavilions or extend from a building’s door to an open garden feature such as an isolated terrace or pool. Freestanding pergolas, those not attached to a home or other structure, provide a sitting area that allows for breeze and light sun, but offers protection from the harsh glare of direct sunlight. Pergolas also give climbing plants a structure on which to grow

Pergolas are more permanent architectural features than the green tunnels of late medieval and early Renaissance gardens, which were often formed of springy withies—easily replaced shoots of willow or hazel—bound together at the heads to form a series of arches.

The clearly artificial nature of the pergola made it fall from favor in the naturalistic gardening styles of the 18th and 19th centuries, but handsome pergolas on brick and stone pillars with powerful cross-beams were a feature of the gardens designed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll and epitomize their trademark of firm structure luxuriantly planted.

Modern pergola designs of wood rather than brick or stone pillars are more affordable and are increasing in popularity. Generally, pergolas are either made from a weather-resistant wood, such as cedar or, formerly, of redwood, or are painted or stained.

Category: Outdoor Design & Décor

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