If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, but also enjoy the practicalities of having a roof over your head, a pergola might be the perfect choice for you. So, what is a pergola? It’s a wooden framed structure which goes in your garden. Made up of columns with a wooden grid roof of rafters and beams, you can keep it freestanding, or have it partly attached to your house. Some people like to use them as frames for climbing parts to really bring the pergola into your garden landscape. These climbing plants can create a beautiful, natural roof and walls if you want a bit more coverage. Some of our favourite climbing plants are perfect partners for a pergola. Wisteria loves climbing a pergola, and if you’ve got the right conditions, vine-based plants like grapes or jasmine also work well with the frame. A pergola also lets you enjoy the outside for a little bit longer each year. Get the garden furniture out a few weeks earlier than your neighbours and let your pergola protect you from the sun’s rays at the hottest part of the day. At the end of the summer, when everyone else has put away their patio furniture, you can still pop outside and enjoy the sun, using the natural plant roof and walls to protect you from the incoming autumn chill. Want something a bit more dramatic? A pergola is really versatile. Paint it in your favourite colour or to tie in with your colour scheme. Add a sheet of canvas to give yourself a bit more coverage, and paint on your own design – or let the family do it, for a truly personalised feature. If you enjoy spending time with friends and family, your pergola will give you the chance to entertain your guests outside. Go for a pergola large enough to fit your table underneath, and look forward to al fresco lunches and dinners. Get yourself that extra room with a pergola from Live Outside. It’s a new way to enjoy the comforts of the great outdoors, and we’re sure you’ll love it.