As beautiful as sunlight is after a long winter or a particularly rainy spring, it does become quite inconvenient and even unpleasant after a while. It is not just the heat that bothers the majority of people; it is also the risk of skin cancer, which is in direct proportion to the exposure to the Sun. The fact that a prolonged stay in the sunlit places can have such a detrimental effect on our health has forced us to be a bit more careful about exposing our skin in that way, especially in warm parts of the world, such as Australia, Mexico or parts of the USA.
But does that mean that we are doomed to stay in the house all the time? Of course not. So, here are 5 beautiful ways of bringing shade to your yards and gardens.
1. Patio Umbrella
As ordinary as they seem, patio umbrellas can be very charming and quite affordable as well. This is by far the easiest option, since the set up is a piece of cake, and maintenance is next to zero. They are very easy to use, and if you find one that complements the surroundings, you could end up with a truly beautiful space.
Nothing gives out that romantic vibe quite as much as an interesting awning on a beautiful building. It will take some planning, but the results can potentially be delightful. Another plus is that awnings are very practical as well, so whenever you don’t need them, you can fold them up, and enjoy as much sunlight as you wish.
Possibly the most dazzling item on this list is the pergola. And yet another very interesting shading solution, simple outdoor and patio pergolas are a pretty graceful way to stay away from those cancer-inducing rays. They can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be, and for a softer image, you can even let some vines grow over them. Possibilities are endless, and it is only a matter of your imagination. With enough space and effort, your outdoors can become a fairy-tale site.
They do take some time to grow enough, but trees are the best shade that you will ever find. Trees always look nice, although in the beginning they require some serious work. However, the benefits are numerous. Firstly, since a tree is not a thin, flat surface, it doesn’t heat as easy as the other solutions, and therefore provides the best protection from the Sun. Furthermore, if you choose to, you can grow your own organic fruit! And finally, planting trees is always good for the environment, so if you have any inclination for gardening, trees are the way to go.
5. Vertical Garden
Another gardening-oriented idea, which is growing in popularity in Europe, is a vertical garden. There is no denying the fact that vertical gardens look stunning. Of course, they’re not as easy to make as some other ideas, but the sheer delicate allure they possess makes them absolutely worth the trouble. They are beautiful, and they, as trees, provide wonderful shade and are good for the environment.
At the end
For all the hot summer days, it is very important to have some shaded outdoor space, for who would want to spend the whole summer under the AC? The ideas listed here are some of many great solutions, so choose the one that works best for you, and one that goes best with the space that you have and can work with. With a little effort, the little shade can become your favorite place to be!
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