Here are some design notes when it comes to modern pergola designs. The most common pergola design is to have decorative and somewhat rounded ends on the beam. The easiest way of creating a more modern pergola is to do away with the decorative ends.
Chinese star jasmine (*Trachelospermum jasminoides*) and Silver-veined creeper (*Parthenocissus henryana*) grow on the pergola. A slab of bluestone is cantilevered off the wall to function as a barbecue bench. Underneath is spicy-scented Cardamom (*Eletta