A pergola is a structure in the landscape that consists of posts supporting rafters across the top. Pergolas are often found with vines or plant material growing up and over the structure. They are a great addition to the landscape and can either stand-alone or be attached to a home, providing a connection between spaces and create a sitting area or outdoor room.

Adding vines to a pergola creates interest, adding color and texture to the structure. Many vines can thrive on pergolas, but make sure to pay attention to sun, support, and maintenance required for a healthy plant. Popular vines for pergolas include Wisteria, Virginia Creeper, Trumpet Creeper, Jasmine, Climbing Roses, Clematis, Bougainvillea, Grape Vines, Climbing Hydrangea, and the Black-eyed Susan Vine.

There are many options for the design and construction of a pergola based on the space and desired use of the structure. Common construction materials include wood, metal, PVC, and brick or stone. Wood is one of the more common materials because of it’s natural appearance and ease of construction, but it does require maintenance. Metal provides strength and design flexibility but requires maintenance to prevent rust. PVC is resistant to the elements and has low maintenance requirements. Brick or stone is an option to consider if you want to match the material to your home.

“Pergolas add another element to your landscape both visually and functionally. They create sitting spaces and outdoor rooms and allow vibrant vines to thrive adding color, texture, and fragrance to the landscape.” Eric Beane, Registered Landscape Architect, Chapel Valley Landscape.

Chapel Valley Landscape Company is a full-service exterior landscape company that services Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. Founded in 1968 Chapel Valley is the 30th largest landscape company in the nation. Chapel Valley’s services include design/build, installation, comprehensive maintenance and landscape, irrigation/water management, hardscaping, lighting, green roof technology, and snow removal.