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Shade Options for your Backyard

Shade options for your backyard

Your backyard can be your haven. It’s a perfect place for relaxation, and to sit and read a book or sip a cold drink. In the summer, it’s the place where the family gathers to visit, to eat and to play. However, if you live in a warmer climate and the sun beats down on your yard, spending time out there can be hot.

Luckily you can remedy this problem with a shade-producing mechanism that can be installed in your yard. There are many options to choose from, each offering shade, style and function for your backyard haven. The amount of shade you need will be determined by what climate you live in.

If you reside in a hot region, then you should be shading up to 75 per cent of your garden. A cooler or more variable climate would only need about 50% shaded. Shaded areas should focus mainly on the areas where people will be eating or entertaining, as well as any plants or veggie gardens that don’t like a lot of sun. Here are some options:


Gazebos, like those at Outdoor Living Today, are a gorgeous and stylish addition to your yard. They come in both portable and fixed designs and are available in a range of materials and designs. The simplicity of installation and the beauty of their presence will make a lovely addition to your yard. They can offer seating inside, can come with windows, and even canvas shade and wind protectors for the sides. A beautiful gazebo can add that perfect element of style and shade to your yard that you’ve been seeking.


Umbrellas come in a wide range of materials, colours and designs and are an easy, portable shade option. They’re easy to move and angle to the sun’s position at any given time of day. There are several types of umbrellas out there; some come as a market umbrella that inserts into a patio table and shades above an eating area. There are other larger options, such as a cantilever umbrella which features the pole at the side, secured to its base. This way the umbrella hangs over the table or area without a pole in the way in the middle.

Shade Sails

Shade sails are like a large tarp, but more aesthetically pleasing. They are perfect for larger areas like patios, pools and decks, and their flexible options allow them to be put up in summer and taken down in the winter. They are usually made from a canvas fabric or PVC, and they allow a sturdy and lovely shade for your yard.


Imagine a lovely wooden pergola in your garden that transports you directly to a French vineyard. Pergolas are gorgeous because of the nature of their wooden beams and posts that can accommodate creeping vines and plants, which can provide a natural shade over your head. Place an outdoor rug under the pergola with a patio conversation set, and you will be all ready for an outdoor extension of your living room. You can build a pergola from the ground up, or you can purchase a kit with easy DIY instructions.

Outdoor Blinds

Outdoor blinds are an easy and inexpensive way to shade your home and keep it cool on the inside. You can find roll-up, roller and retractable blinds in a variety of colours and patterns, as well as sizes that can be customized to fit your windows. There are also bistro blinds which can be installed around your pergola or gazebo. They are perfect for keeping insects, the wind and hot weather out of your shaded areas.

Whatever you choose, there are a variety of options for your shade needs in your yard this summer. Visit your local garden supply store for more variety and information.

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