As summer approaches, we all yearn to spend more time in our gardens. The allure of lounging in the sun, dining al fresco, and enjoying afternoons outside is irresistible. However, the unpredictable UK weather often throws a spanner in the works.

Don't let rainy spells and intense midday sun dictate your garden time. With the right shelter, like a pergola or parasol, you can extend your outdoor living space and make the most of your garden regardless of the weather.

Stay dry with a pergola

Imagine planning a lovely garden party only for the weather to turn unexpectedly. A pergola is your answer to this all-too-common problem. These structures not only add a touch of elegance to your outdoor space but also provide essential shelter from the rain. By investing in a metal pergola, you ensure durability and minimal maintenance, allowing you to enjoy your garden come rain or shine. We've got a great range of metal pergolas available, ranging from our Shadow collection made from steel, and our Titan collection made from aluminium.

A pergola acts as a protective canopy, keeping you and your garden furniture dry. No more rushing to cover your furniture at the first sign of a drizzle. With a pergola, you create a versatile outdoor space that can be used throughout the seasons. Add some weather-resistant privacy screens and walls or louvred side walls and doors and you have a cosy nook protected from the elements.

Beat the heat with a parasol

Sunny days are wonderful, but sometimes the sun can be too intense, driving us indoors just when we want to relax outside. This is where a parasol becomes indispensable. A parasol offers an easy and flexible solution for those hot afternoons when you need a break from the sun's rays. We've got a great range of parasols available including parasols for your dining set and cantilever parasols. Our cantilever parasols can turn 360 degrees and tilt, giving you full flexibility on creating shade your way.

By strategically placing a parasol in your garden, you can create shaded areas that make outdoor activities more comfortable. Whether you’re reading a book, enjoying a meal, or having a chat with friends, a parasol allows you to stay cool and protected. Plus, with various styles and sizes available, you can find a parasol that perfectly complements your garden furniture and aesthetic.

Titan Plus 3m Square Aluminium Pergola in Grey
Galaxy 3.5m Round LED Aluminium Cantilever Parasol - Beige Canopy and Grey Frame

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Enhance your garden’s aesthetics

Both pergolas and parasols can significantly enhance the visual appeal of your garden. A metal pergola, with its sleek lines and robust structure, adds a contemporary touch to any outdoor space. It can be adorned with climbing plants, fairy lights, or hanging lanterns to create a magical, inviting atmosphere.

Parasols, on the other hand, come in a range of colours and designs, allowing you to make a stylish statement. Whether you prefer a classic wooden look or something more vibrant and modern, there’s a parasol to suit every taste. Paired with your garden furniture, a well-chosen parasol can be a focal point of your patio, tying the entire look together beautifully.

Maximise usability and comfort

Adding a pergola or parasol to your garden isn't just about protection; it’s about enhancing your overall outdoor experience. With these shelters, you can create distinct zones in your garden for different activities. A pergola can define a dining area or a lounge space, while parasols can be moved around to provide shade wherever needed.

Plus, shelters can extend your usable garden hours. Pergolas with built-in lighting, like our Titan Plus collection, allow you to enjoy your garden late into the evening, perfect for those warm summer nights. Meanwhile, a parasol with built-in lighting, like our Galaxy collection, can make afternoon tea in the garden a daily ritual, without the discomfort of harsh sun.

Invest in quality for long-term benefits

When choosing a pergola or parasol, quality matters. A metal pergola offers strength and longevity, standing up to the UK’s varied weather conditions. Look for features like rust-resistant coatings and sturdy construction to ensure it lasts for years.

For parasols, opt for UV-resistant fabrics and durable frames. A good-quality parasol will not only provide excellent sun protection but also withstand the wear and tear of outdoor use. Remember, investing in high-quality garden furniture and shelters will pay off in the long run, giving you more enjoyment and fewer worries.

Don’t let the unpredictable weather dictate how you use your garden. By adding a pergola or parasol, you create a versatile, comfortable, and stylish outdoor space. Embrace the freedom to enjoy your garden whenever you like, sheltered from rain or shaded from the sun. With the right garden furniture and shelters, you can make the most of your summer and beyond. Try out our pergolas and parasol in your local White Stores showroom, or explore the full range online, and create the perfect shaded space fit for all garden occasions.