How do I get shade over my patio without making it too dark inside?

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Last summer we built an enclosure around the patio on the back of my house, which is the south side. I want to give the patio more shade without completely blocking light from the windows leading into the house. Is a pergola my best bet?

q how do i get shade over my patio without making it too dark inside

The twinkle lights worked only a few times. Kinda frustrating they didn’t last.

q how do i get shade over my patio without making it too dark inside

This is the side where my climbing rose is growing up the outside.

q how do i get shade over my patio without making it too dark inside

The sails really didn’t do so well over the long haul. So I feel like I need to do something else to get shade.

q how do i get shade over my patio without making it too dark inside

I now have a climbing rose growing up on the side of the patio and a wisteria on the long wall of the enclosure.

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  • Darlene Williman Darlene Williman on Apr 21, 2019

    A pergola was going to be my suggestion. It's not a solid roof so it lets light through.

  • William William on Apr 21, 2019

    The structure you have would not carry the weight of a pergola. You would need to install separate posts. A pergola with the sun sails would give you added shade but not block all the light.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 21, 2019

    YES

  • Em Em on Apr 21, 2019

    Google Deck Sails. Millions of options. Reasonable, removable and changeable.

  • Susan Susan on Apr 22, 2019

    Just an observation - your current structure isn't sturdy enough for Wisteria and probably not strong enough for a climbing rose. You'll need a lot more support than 2 x 4's and eight foot spans of lattice.

  • Kitty Kitty on Apr 22, 2019

    You could try a fast growing vine over the top. If you put string supports across for it to grow on, you should have a leafy sunshade by summer.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 22, 2019

    We put up rope lights on a timer. They have worked for over a year and are very cheap at amazon.

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=rope+lights&i=garden&ref=nb_sb_noss

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Apr 23, 2019

    I built a strong, permanent awning support around my patio using galvanized aluminum plumbing parts. The supports were either sunk into quickcrete or drilled into the patio deck concrete itself. I planted trumpet vines at the "entrance" posts to that area. They grow extremely fast and I trained them to go up and across all the top supports.


    This allowed dappled sunlight onto the porch along with any breeze. The flowers were beautiful AND I had hummingbirds all the time. The even built a nest right next to the chair I always sat in!

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