6 Creative Ways To Bring Shade Into Your Backyard

When people think about adding shade to their backyard, they usually only think about two options.

Either they want to plant a tree and wait for ten-years or add a patio cover. Other options can be explored, and some are much cheaper and faster than a patio cover or waiting on a tree to grow. Below we will look at all the popular ways for adding shade.



Trees are an easy way to add additional shade do your backyard. Trees that grow fast are the Red Maple, Riverbirch, Pin Oak, and the Cottonwood. Most nurseries can point you in the right direction on the trees best suited for your backyard. It’s even possible to purchase trees that are already mature so you can start to enjoy the shade right away. Oh, course mature trees will end up costing more, but if you have the means, it is a good option.

Shade Sail

Shade sails or sun shades are something that you see more frequently at a commercial establishment. But when done, right shade sails look terrific in the backyard. Shade sails are rectangular and can be positioned to shade essential aspects of your backyard like your table, your dining room table, and chairs or your barbecue pit. They can be anchored from your house to poles or your fence.


A patio umbrella is a great way to add some shade, especially over a dining table for your outdoor barbecues. Outdoor umbrellas come in various sizes, and the large ones work best. You can often find outdoor umbrellas at the home-improvement stores or online. Some will even come with outdoor dining room sets.


A popular option is adding a pergola structure to your backyard. Pergola is often placed with posts holding up the corners. You can choose the different designs for the wooden pergola structure, and it can’t be painted to match your house if you prefer. This looks great when you need shade over an area of your backyard that is away from your home.


There are a lot of fast-growing brushes and shrubs. These are usually great to help with privacy and also decorate additional shade for your backyard a few of the fastest-growing bushes are pussy willows, Hemlock, butterfly bush, Lantana and red twig dogwood. When placed in the right position of your backyard can provide a lot of shade, especially in the last few hours of sunlight. Again check with your local nursery and see what options will work best for your backyard.

Patio Cover

As mentioned above, a patio cover is a great way to add shade and comfort to make spending time in your backyard more enjoyable. The most popular patio covers are made out of alumawood, lattice, and wood. The alumawood patios will last forever and range in price from $1800 to $4,500 depending on the size and options you get.


Backyards are so much more enjoyable when there is shade to help on hot days. There are different options, and combining a few is usually best for most homeowners.

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