20 Pergola and Parasol Ideas for Your Garden

It’s a quick blog post all about Pergolas and Parasols from me today. I always write my blog posts towards the end of the week, mainly because I talk about interiors and homewares and I was increasingly finding that if I planned a blog post in advance, everything I had mentioned in my post would be sold out and found at 100 times the cost on eBay by the time I published.

Homewares and garden accessories are in such huge demand at the moment!

20 pergolas and parasols for your garden

The problem with only giving myself 2 days to plan and write a blog post is that I often don’t know what to write about until I actually sit down to do it. And whilst I was procrastinating (as always), I started looking at the weather and realised I did not want to spend my Friday in front of a computer, but rather on the beach. And bing! It hit me. It’s going to be scorchio and we’re all going to want to run for the shade….

Photo by Matthew Wheeler on Unsplash

You’re probably thinking, Mel! We’ve waited all of 2021 to get this heat wave and now you’re telling us to run for the shade and hide from the Sun? But I know what us Brits are like. If the temperature dares to go above 23 degrees, we’re all reaching for the factor 50, fighting over the last fans in B&Q (you can actually still buy some fans here! You can thank me later) and telling everyone we know that it’s just too hot for us.

So here are some lovely Pergolas (with shades), Gazebos and Parasols we can all gladly sit under with an ice cold drink whilst bemoaning we’re so tired because it’s too hot to sleep at night. 

Photo by Olya Kobruseva from Pexels


Parasols have certainly moved on from the plain white synthetic umbrellas that only seemed to be available in the past. I think anything goes with parasols and umbrellas and you can easily find a pretty and patterned parasol to brighten up your garden space. Think patterns, tassels and all the colours of the rainbow.

I love this lemon parasol, it reminds me of summer holidays in the Greek islands with the Mediterranean sea only a few paces away (I wrote about how to turn your garden into a Med paradise here).

Holiday Beach Umbrella – Vintage Lemons – Amara
White And Gold Bali Sun Parasol – homedirect365.co.uk

Try adding a bit of colour to your garden with this beautiful parasol in mustard, pink and blue shades. 

Premium Beach Umbrella – 70s Panel Cinque – Bear & Bear
Striped parasol, Navy – John Lewis
HEIDI ROUND BAMBOO PARASOL – East London Parasol Company
Garden Must Haves Carrousel 2.7m Parasol – Robert Dyas

Anyone for a Pina Colada? 

Steel Parasol Bahama Style – Sklum
Argos Home 2.7m Water Repellent Garden Parasol – Cream
Elizabeth Crank and Tilt Taupe Parasol – Dunelm

I think this gorgeous parasol from Rockett St George really goes to show there are parasols to suit all tastes in the garden!

Black Parasol With Gold Coins – Rockett St George

Pergolas & Gazebos

Pergolas and gazebos have also come a long way in recent years. You no longer have to feel like you are at a rainy summer fete in a village green somewhere, eating your cold hot dog and drinking weak coffee whilst standing under a green gazebo.

They now come in all shapes and sizes, with frills and tassels and can really become the main feature of your garden. Including a gazebo featuring a bar from Aldi!

Pergola with shade
OMBRE – Garden gazebo in wood-style metal and ecru canvas – Maisons du Monde

This Gazebo is perfect for placing a large dining table and chairs under it. 

St Lucia 3 x 4m Gazebo with Curtains – daals.co.uk
Outsunny Steel Pergola Gazebo – manomano.co.uk
Fringed Gazebo – Antique White – Cox & Cox

Just add a pool! We can all dream….

Pompa Rectangular Sail Shade – La Redoute
Pop Up 4m x 4m Grey Gazebo – Dunelm
Pergola with Adjustable Canopy – Von Haus
Kettler Panalsol Pagoda 3m x 3m Gazebo – gardentrends.co.uk

Gardenline Bar Gazebo – Aldi

Outsunny Retractable Pergola Canopy – Aosom UK

Parasols are great if you don’t have a lot of space in your garden but you are lucky enough for it to be a sun trap so need a bit of respite from the suns rays.

But, if you have the room, Pergolas and gazebos are brilliant for zoning a seating or dining area from the garden and making it a real feature.

Mel x

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  1. So inspiring pics, unfortunatelly my balconies are too small to put any of those to it…. so we mounted electric rectractable curtains… not that nice, but surely will reconsider some for the small garden because they’re so cute!!

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