This weekend the guys are finishing the backyard deck and then we start work on the patio. We plan to install a beautiful pergola for outdoor dining over a pea gravel patio.
Hubby and I have looked at both metal and wooden pergolas. I love the organic appeal of real wood, but metal seems to be less expensive. This pretty pergola features romantic curtains – but how do you keep them clean?
Our pergola will be situated off the garden shed. While I like the look of white, it means more work painting it when needed.
This one is stained a pretty blue to match the house. I definitely want some type of flowering plant vine to grow up the pergola. Anyone have suggestions for a fast-growing hardy vine works in Zone 5?
Here’s another simple wooden pergola with enough space for hanging flower baskets. I like the addition of a ceiling fan – great idea!
We initially considered red bricks for the patio floor, similar to this with moss growing up between the cracks. For now though, we’re starting with less expensive pea gravel and might upgrade to brick later on down the road.
This is a beautiful patio for outdoor dining, but a little too refined for our outdoor living space. I want to walk through that gate and explore the rest of the garden!
I never thought to add curlicues to a pergola, but this look would certainly work well with our Victorian style exterior.
Honestly, this sweet little outdoor dining space is right up my alley. It’s not ornate and has earthy appeal with all the plants!
One thing I know for absolute certain – I want these Edison style string lights!! Whether we hang them from the pergola or stretch them above the deck, they’ll provide a bit more outdoor lighting for entertaining at night.
Once the backyard is complete (in a few weeks, I hope), we’re having a themed party for the family. It’s so nice to finally have a backyard that’s both useful and beautiful! I can’t wait to share the full reveal with you.
And any tips you have about pergolas and flowering vines for Garden Zone 5 – I’m all ears!