When is a gazebo a pergola?

The truth is a gazebo is never a pergola, though they do have similarities. They are wooden structures that are usually designed to keep you sheltered from the sun when it is hot.

Gazebo or Pergola which is best for me?

Think of a gazebo as a garden structure without complete walls but with a roof (if it has ¬†complete walls, you can probably safely call it a shed). Partial walls are common, as are railings and though some do occasionally have windows, these are uncommon. Gazebos are usually roundish, or to be more precise hexagonal or octagonal and look a little like a park bandstand. They can however be square or rectangular too, often with a raised floor. The roof offers shade in hot sunny weather and protection from the elements when it rains (except if it rains sideways, remember no ‘complete’ walls).

Gazebos can be either temporary or permanent structures, often they have inbuilt bench seating around the edges. They are generally quite large and are an impressive feature when added to larger gardens. They have a variety of uses, but are generally considered to provide an area of relaxation, especially as an intimate yet airy environment for small social gatherings.

A pergola on the other hand is not going to keep much rain off your sandwiches in bad weather, as the roof consists of little else but a collection of equally-spaced timbers. Think of it as being comprised of a number of vertical columns or posts that support an open roof or grid of beams and rafters. Usually they are employed as a framework over which can be grown grapevines or similar climbing plants.

Pergolas add height to your garden and can make small gardens seem much bigger, providing semi-shaded seating areas and sometimes acting as a frame through which a view or even other areas of the garden can be viewed.

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