... and nobody can say I don't plan ahead! While we've got a playhouse in the works for this year, I want to have hubby build the playhouse in such a way that when the kids are older, we can turn the frame into a pergola.
What I like in this picture is the small stone wall that provides an extra place to sit if necessary. I also like the little rectangular garden on the outside of the stone wall.
This little wall is an extra touch that would be so easy to build, would lend a sense of permanence to the structure, and would also reflect some heat to the garden in front of it, creating a little micro-climate for heat-loving plants. The spot where I have in mind for this idea would also benefit visually because the small garden would break up a large expanse of patio. I am definitely keeping this idea for when my pergola gets built, someday in the far distance future...This picture is also taken from "Garden Magic; Inspired Garden Design" by Gisela Keil and Gary Rogers.