I'm going to pin this and put it on my "honey do" list. A pergola offers sun protection without blocking breezes, while its open sides frame the view and establish a sense of enclosure. This pergola was custom-made, but DIYers can build one from a kit.
I would love to walk under this gorgeous canopy and allow the dense foliage provide cool shade during the warmer months, then as the weather cools and the leaves fall, the winter sun is allowed to penetrate. The flowers are highly scented.