What are Pergolas and Trellis – Benefits of Pergolas and Trellis
Pergolas and Trellis are outdoor, garden structures that originated in Europe. Over the years, they have seen a lot of transformation in definition, size and function. Pergolas are simple, frame-like structures built with rafters and logs made in gardens or terraces. For the most part they are simple, four-legged square structures with rafters arranged over them. They are not known to provide complete shade, but patches of shade with sunlight filtering through.
Over time, vines and other plants grow onto them and give them a rustic, simple yet beautiful look and feel. They also increase the shade cover and make it cooler than the surrounding areas, owing to the plants on them. Pergolas and arbors were quite different to begin with, but over time, they have become similar in design.
Trellis are vertical structures that are also used in gardens. A trellis is a simple structure that has two vertical pillar-like structures with flat strips of wood running across them, usually in an intersecting, crisscross lattice pattern. When creepers and other vines are planted next to them, they grow along the pattern and cover them entirely, making it look like a wall of plants. At times a trellis can be used next to a pergola to close one side of it. Trellis are popularly used sides of driveways, to cover the arched front of a house. For larger trellis, an exterior wall can be used as a support structure to bear the vines and climbers that grow on it. A set of trellis set up parallel to each other can be made to look like a tunnel of plants.
Benefits of Pergolas and Trellis
1. Aesthetic appeal
Both pergolas and trellis are called hardscapes, these are things that remain constant in a growing and changing garden. Plants and vines grow along them, onto them and over time completely cover them. They make for an incredibly good looking spot in any garden. Many hours of fun and activities can be had near or under pergolas and trellis. The space can also be used by adults for tea or hosting daytime parties.
2. Encourage gardening
Not many people like to get into gardening, so building a pergola or a trellis can bring the family together for a project, sharing quality time while at the same time encouraging the healthy habit of gardening.
3. Property value
Properties with pergolas and trellis are immediately valued at higher rates that ones without them. A well-made pergola with a good network of climbers can be valuable by itself. Homes with a neat trellis wall have a charm to them that make them likeable right away. It can be a persuasive point to make with a perspective buyer or tenant.
When pergolas and trellis are built, you will have to know for a fact that they will not provide much shade, nor will they protect against rain, so adding a roll out canopy or screens on them can make it more comfortable.