Pergolas and Arbors

Your dedicated pergola and arbor builder in Morgan Hill, CA

Customer pergola installation in San Martin covering a patio

Outdoor arbors are a nice way to get some shelter from the elements while still being able to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you want an arbor to cover your seating and dining area, or one to give shelter to your shade loving plants, Exotic Gardens can help. We’ll help you decide the right size for your arbor, the ideal placement, as well as what material it should be made out of.

Our Pergola and Arbor Services

  • Arbor design and installation

  • Pergola design and installation

  • Trellis Design & Installation

Custom trellis installation in San Jose with creeping vines
Custom trellis covers patio

Pergolas, Trellises, and Arbors: What’s the Difference?

Adding a patio cover to your backyard is one of the best, and most functional, ways to transform your outdoor living space. From freestanding patio covers to attached pergolas, retractable sun shades, arbors, lattice work, canopy installations, gazebo installations, and arbors, there are so many options to choose from. That’s why we work with homeowners to determine how much sunlight you want to come through your patio cover, how it should integrate into your existing landscape (or planned landscape) and where it should land between the extremes of purely aesthetic and purely functional.


Pergolas are typically larger structures that include a roof-like cover supported by two to four posts. In San Jose, you’ll typically find pergolas attached to homes and used as deck covers. However, pergolas can also be built as detached structures, which lets them function more like gazebos or cabanas.

While the top of a pergolas is usually latticework, we can also build them with solid roofs or incorporate cloth into the design to provide better coverage.


Arbors are often smaller, and often arched, tunnels that appear along walking paths. Arbors typically have arched tops to encourage the growth of creepers.


Trellises are vertical latticework structures that are meant to support the growth of creepers. Trellises can be free standing or attached to your home.

Custom Applications

If the line between pergolas, arbors, trellises and overhangs isn’t that clear, don’t worry. We’re happy to work one-on-one with homeowners to make sure that their patio cover project will perfectly match their needs and wants. We are also happy to design and install overhangs that blend the line between two or three different kinds of applications, such as pergola bench swings.

Call our Pergola and Arbor Contractors Today

We’re happy to provide you with a free estimate, as well as some notes on our design ideas, to support your journey to a new arbor or pergola. We service cities throughout Silicon Valley, including San Jose, Gilroy, Los Gatos, and more.

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