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Living in Pasadena means living a life filled with sunshine for most of the year. The occasional rainy day or stormy patch is short lived. Pasadena residents are able to spend much of their time outdoors, but the power and brightness of the sun can make it unpleasant to sit out without adequate shade. The sun beating down on your head can make you hot, give you a headache and make you squint, to say nothing of also being bad for your skin. Sitting with friends and family enjoying filtered sunlight however is a pleasant and relaxing experience. Temporary shade solutions work just fine, but in our warm climate, landscape contractors and awning contractors suggest looking for something a little more permanent.


Umbrellas are the easiest way to add instant shade to your patio or deck. They come in a variety of sizes and colors and can be freestanding or sit in the middle of a table. Freestanding umbrellas that arc over a table or sitting area can provide a larger area of shade so there isn’t one person left out in the heat. Make sure you have a heavy base on your umbrella for security and check the fabric. If you don’t choose a UV protected fabric, your rich red will fade to pink in no time. If you want your umbrella to tilt, make sure the mechanism is easy to operate.


An arbor is a freestanding structure, usually made of wood, that has a trellis on two sides. Your Pasadena landscaping contractor can offer a selection of different sizes and designs. Arbors look best with climbing plants like wisteria and jasmine cascading over the roof and sides. Many arbors have a built in seat and are frequently part of a gate structure.


The right tree can provide beautiful, dappled shade and become a focal point in your garden. If you are planting a tree, do your research. Talk to your landscaping contractor of local garden center to find out how tall the tree will grow, how wide it will spread and how quickly that will happen. You don’t want to be waiting too many years to enjoy the shade. Nor do you want to plant a tree that will eventually be too large for your property and shed unwanted seed pods that create work.


Pergolas are freestanding and usually consist of four columns with a roof attached. Pergolas are perfect as a shade structure for outdoor seating and are often built near to the property over a patio. Lattice wood on the roof will filter the sunlight and more shade can be created by adding climbing plants. You can even use drapery on the sides to create an outdoor room . The drapes can prevent powerful sun streaming in and can also make the areas cosier in the cooler months.


Gazebos traditionally have eight sides and a roof and can have open or enclosed sides. Gazebos can be made of wood, metal or glass and usually have a pitched roof that is an attractive feature. Gazebos feel like a separate outdoor room. You need considerable DIY and woodworking skills to build your own pergola or gazebo. Unless you are very handy, consult your local Pasadena landscape contractors for suggestions.


Awnings are usually attached to the property. Window awnings are an attractive feature on a home but function mainly to protect windows and interior furnishings from UV damage. For outdoor shade options, retractable awnings offer the most flexibility They can offer shade on demand without the need for posts. Contact your local Pasadena awning contractor to discuss the many different options available.