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Decorating the Pergola

We already have a green table for dining. We also have a small green mesh metal coffee table. We need seating. I feel like some sturdy metal chairs would work, being interchangeable for dining and relaxing, and also bringing in pops of other colors. Chairs like the photo below would be perfect!

It would be fantastic if I could make use of all those empty planter pots on my patio. It would be even better if I used the pots to grow plants that are natural mosquito repellents. Naturally, Citronella would be the first plant on my potting list. Marigolds, Geranium, and Lavender can bring me some beautiful blooming colors while they work their mosquito repelling magic. (See below for images of Marigolds, Geranium, and Lavender, in that order.) Basil, Peppermint, and Rosemary can serve a dual purpose as well. They can repel those pesky mosquitoes and be the beginnings of a patio herb garden.

As a finishing touch, let’s add lighting to my new outdoor room. I absolutely have to have twinkle lights for the ambiance, but that won’t be enough lighting. I would also like to hang a ceiling fan light fixture with a dimmer switch for the light. The fan will keep me cool on hot summer evenings, and the light will be bright enough to eat by, but not so bright that it will ruin the effect of the twinkle lights. Finally, I can put a nice big cooler out on the porch to keep some beverages chilled.