How to Build a Garden Canopy


Garden canopies create an inviting and dramatic retreat in your landscape. Situate the canopy around your garden for a cozy space to enjoy in the evening with friends and family. Plant colorful flowers and scented herbs around your space for a beautiful landscape design. Scatter solar lights around the canopy for a warm and magical glow at night.

Step 1

Clear out the space of weeds and debris before installing canopy. Rake the ground to ensure the space is level and smooth.

Step 2

Dig a hole for each of the four hedge posts. Dig a deep-enough hole so at least one half of the hedge is buried into the ground. For a good-sized canopy, buy hedge posts between 10 and 12 feet in height.

Step 3

Place the hedge post in the hole and fill the hole with remaining soil. Press firmly to make sure the post is securely in the ground.

Step 4

Plant creeping vines in containers around the base of each hedge post. Over time, the vines will grow around the hedge posts.

Step 5

Attach outdoor canvas to the top of the hedge posts using wood screws. Use one piece of material for the canopy. Allow an additional 2 to 4 feet, so the material drapes over the posts.

Step 6

Layer 2 to 4 inches of outdoor pebbles under the canopy to create a smooth surface. Enjoy your new garden canopy.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear safety glasses when installing hedge posts to protect your eyes.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Shovel
  • Hedge posts
  • Soil
  • Creeping plants
  • Containers
  • Wood screws
  • Outdoor canvas
  • Pebbles


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About this Author

Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.