A pergola, or arbor, is a garden structure that is primarily designed to create shade. Traditional pergolas make shaded walkways, sometimes between two garden walls, or a sheltered area next, to a building. They can also serve as freestanding structures providing protection from the sun over a garden terrace. Nowadays pergolas that extend from the side of a building to a feature, such as a terrace or a swimming pool, are extremely popular.
However, pergolas function equally well away from the main building in a corner of the garden. A pergola that is hidden away, like this, can create a sense of destination and discovery in a landscape design. Wherever you choose to site your pergola, think about it as a mini room within the garden creating an external zone of the home in its own right.