The 10 x 12-foot pergola (#245309), set atop a platform deck you can build stands about 9 feet tall and comes as a kit with precut lumber, hardware, and decorative post caps and rafter ends. Add fabric on top for shade and curtains for privacy.
Make a stunning focal point for your outdoor retreat with this flower medallion made from wood-joining biscuits, oak buttons, pine rounds, and a cedar post cap. Try a 20-inch-diameter version, or make the 38-inch medallion shown here.
The Platform Deck
To create the striking basket-weave pattern on this wooden deck, you essentially build four small decks within one frame. The deck’s low height eliminates the need for hand rails that might block the view.
DIY Concrete Fountain
Simply pour concrete into a forming tube and an inexpensive glass light globe to make the main components of this fountain sculpture that rests on a bed of river rock.
Outdoor-tough fabric by Sunbrella resists weather and fading as it softens the lines of the pergola frame.
Flavor your tea with herbs from containers beside the deck. Make a concrete planter out of tubs, buckets, and pots. Then fill it with potting mix and herbs, such as mint, chamomile, lemon thyme, hyssop, strawberry, globe basil, and lemon verbena.
Herbs for Tea Gardens
Besides providing pleasing tastes and aromas, an herbal tea garden quietly wows with its mix of subtle colors and textures. Choices shown are: lemon balm (A), bee balm (B), scented geranium (C), and apple mint (D).
Spend your day outdoors, in a serene setting that showcases beautifully creative ideas. This pergola, from a kit, is the perfect place for some calming yoga or to serve up tea. We added an Asian influence with this medallion project made from simple wood biscuits.
We also added the deck, built in a classic pattern, and sealed it to protect its natural beauty. Sunbrella fabric woven through the top of the pergola and hung as curtains not only softens the space, but also gives you some shade. The whole experience is rounded out with the soothing sounds of a fountain cast in concrete that you can make yourself.